One in five New Yorkers faces a mental health challenge. This staggering fact motivated Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray, and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to launch a series of new programs aimed at increasing access to mental health support across the city. Through Connections to Care, nonprofit workers received training to screen clients’ emotional wellbeing. There’s Help All Around You taught public school students about where they can go for support and worked to reduce the stigma around asking for help. And Thrive in Your Workplace helped employers bring mental health support to where New Yorkers work.
These and other programs supported by the Mayor’s Fund have helped thousands of New Yorkers reach services during the last eight years.
Connections to Care
The Connections to Care program brought mental health support into the work of community organizations serving at-risk and low-income communities. Its model informed the launch of other efforts to increase mental health access to New Yorkers.
There’s Help All Around You
In 2018, the Mayor’s Fund facilitated a partnership to launch a campaign to inform New York City public school students about mental health support available to them.
Thrive in Your Workplace
The Mayor’s Fund helped launch Thrive in your Workplace, which helps local employers to bring mental health support to the workplace, fostering employee mental health and access to mental health care.
Arts in Medicine
Launched in 2019, the Arts in Medicine initiative promotes wellness and resilience through the development of arts programming designed for healthcare workers as well as patients.