Mental Health Resources

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 at the office.

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

Mental Health 101 on January 13

Please join us by zoom on Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 6:30 to 8pm for our second edition of mental health 101 training. This program is designed to offer low-intensity, but highly impactful insight into the foundations of various mental health issues prevalent in our congregation and community. Members of our Mental Health team will present a series of slides describing aspects of these various challenges. Guided by Scripture and prayer we will, together, give voice to these concerns with the sole purpose of increasing our understanding.

Jesus calls us to be present for each other during good times and times when there is pain and suffering. By increasing our understanding of these struggles we can grow our capacity to support recovery and wellness. Experiencing grace and renewal of life is possible through our efforts to walk side by side with all in distress and struggling.

Register here

 

 

Mental Health Resources

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

Putnam County Mental Health Association
2505 Carmel Ave, Suite 212
Brewster NY 10509
www.mhaputnam.org
845-278-7600

New York State Alliance on Mental Health
99 Pine Street
Albany NY 12207
www.naminys.org
518-462-2000
www.namiwestchester.org
914-592-5458
www.namiputnam.org
845-363-1478

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

Drug Crisis In Our Backyard
16 Fair Street, Carmel NY 10512
845-842-1212
www.drugcrisisinourbackyard.org

NYS Emotional Support Helpline
(available 7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.)
1-844-863-9314

Gambler’s Anonymous (NYC, Westchester, Rockland & Surrounding Counties)
1-855-222-5542
www.gamblersanonymous.org

National Problem Gambling Hotline
1-800-522-4700
www.ncpgambling.org/chat

Hotline Numbers

Emergency: 911

Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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

Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ+ Teens:
1-866-488-7386

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

Drug Crisis In Our Backyard “HopeLine”:
877-846-7369

Recent Mental Health Posts