Mental Health Resources

Meet the people involved in our Mental Health Ministry.

The reality is that mental health issues affect all members of society in some way, shape or form. It is estimated that one in five Americans over age 18 will experience a mental health problem this year. The impact of the pandemic has shown increased prevalence of adverse mental health outcomes, substance abuse and suicidal ideation in all age groups and all races.

Misunderstandings about mental health can lead to negative attitudes that prevent people from being accepted and supported, and can make it harder for them and their families to get help and lead productive lives in their communities. There is strong evidence that close and caring relationships, supportive communities, and having a personally meaningful spirituality are all powerful factors in promoting mental health, reducing risk and facilitating healing and recovery.

The First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown is responding to this increasingly alarming concern and has recognized the call to walk side by side with our neighbors who are impacted by mental health challenges. To do so, we have completed a mental health survey which will give us insight into the depth and diversity of this issue within our congregation and in our local community. From this understanding we will seek training to become more skillful in understanding the complexities of and provide new way of creating an environment of support and respect for those in distress or struggling with mental health challenges. This training will help build capacity within our church (and potentially our community) to offer hospitality, neighboring, sharing the journey, listening and accompany our neighbors (the 5 basic practices of companionship).

At the heart of a mental health ministry is to welcome those in distress, work towards understanding the struggle, and offer a foundation of spiritual support to promote healing and well-being. Experiencing grace and renewal of life is possible through our efforts to walk side by side with all in distress and struggling.

If you would like to join our Mental Health and Wellness Team please contact us at the office.

Our most recent mental health post is listed here. Other posts are listed at the bottom of this page.

Caring for Yourself

Mental Health Resources

Taking Care of You: Ideas to incorporate into your life. Start by incorporating 2 or 3 into your daily life.

  • Movement: walk, stretching, yoga, dancing, etc.
  • Practice kindness to others and self
  • Pray
  • Drink enough water
  • Get enough rest/sleep
  • Find a couple of positive sayings/mantras that resonate with you
  • Connect with others/join a club/volunteer •
  • Set healthy boundaries
  • Smile at yourself in the mirror and others
  • Reach out to family/friends
  • Laugh/smile
  • Breathe/meditate/mindfulness
  • Be kind to others and yourself
  • Get a pet
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Play a game
  • Be in the present moment
  • Start a gratitude journal – record at least one thing each day
  • Tap into your senses – smell, taste, hearing, seeing, touch
  • Aromatherapy
  • Spend time outside/walk barefoot through the grass
  • Surround yourself with things that you love and/or make you feel good
  • Avoid too much news/media
  • Limit screen time
  • Listen to music
  • Develop a sense of humor
  • Take a bath
  • Ask for support
  • Talk to a professional
  • Give yourself permission for downtime
  • Focus on the present moment
  • Read
  • Cut out negativity
  • Focus on the positive
  • Hug someone
  • Celebrate small wins
  • Set priorities/goals in your life
  • Practice self-love
  • Focus on what you can control
  • Write down your thoughts
  • Acknowledge stress and recognize the impact
  • Do something you enjoy
  • Strive for balance in all areas of life


Mental Health Resources

Westchester County Mental Health Association
344 Main Street, Suite 301
Mt. Kisco NY 10549
914-345-0700 x. 7303 for information and referrals

Putnam County Mental Health Association
2505 Carmel Ave, Suite 212
Brewster NY 10509

Presbyterian Counseling Center

Westchester Mobile Crisis Prevention & Response Team 914-925-5959
Putnam Mobile Crisis Prevention & Response Team 386-872-2254
Dutchess Mobile Crisis Prevention & Response Team 845-372-5500

New York State Alliance on Mental Health
99 Pine Street
Albany NY 12207

National Alliance on Mental Health
3803 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100
Arlington VA 22203
703-524-7600 (main number)
518-462-2000 (in NYS)

Drug Crisis In Our Backyard
16 Fair Street, Carmel NY 10512

NYS Emotional Support Helpline
(available 7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.)

Gambler’s Anonymous (NYC, Westchester, Rockland & Surrounding Counties)

National Problem Gambling Hotline

Hotline Numbers

Emergency: 911

Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

Nationwide Hotline 988
1-800-273-TALK (8255)


Crisis Text Line (National Alliance on Mental Illness):
Text NAMI to 741-741

Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ+ Teens:

SAFE (Self-Abuse Finally Ends)
Alternative Information Line
1-800-DONT CUT (355-8288)

Drug Crisis In Our Backyard “HopeLine”:

Recent Mental Health Posts