Westchester County has resources specifically to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.
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 just 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 team please contact us at the office.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Each year we lose an estimated 48,000 friends, family and community members to suicide. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for 10-35-year old’s. Men between the ages of 35-65 are the highest risk population, although suicide rates are currently increasing fastest among young girls 10-14. The good news is that research also shows that suicide can be prevented.
ASIST is a two-day, two-trainer, workshop designed for members of all caregiving groups. Family, friends, and other community members may be the first to talk with a person at risk, but have little or no training. ASIST also provides those in formal helping roles with professional development to ensure that they are prepared to provide suicide first-aid help as part of the care they provide. The emphasis in ASIST is on teaching suicide first-aid to help a person at risk stay safe and seek further help as needed.
Participants learn to use a suicide intervention model to identify persons with thoughts of suicide, seek a shared understanding of reasons for dying and living, develop a safe plan based upon a review of risk, be prepared to do follow-up, and become involved in suicide-safer community networks. The learning process is based on adult learning principles and highly participatory.
Graduated skills development occurs through mini-lectures, facilitated discussions, group simulations, and role plays. The cost of this 2-day workshop is $60 and includes workshop materials, morning coffee/refreshments and a boxed lunch each day. If the cost is prohibitive, please let us know as scholarship monies are available. Space is limited, so register as soon as possible.
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
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
Gambler’s Anonymous (NYC, Westchester, Rockland & Surrounding Counties)
National Problem Gambling Hotline
Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
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”: