Thursday, February 2, 2023

Resources available to fight suicide in New York

Anxiety and depression can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. A report from the New York Department of Health states that one suicide occurs every 16 hours and that 60 Latinos took their own lives in our city between January and June 2021.

With the celebration at the end of the year, people are more likely to go through depression. However, community organizations and political leaders remind us that there are resources to help.

One of these organizations is Mixteca, an organization based in Brooklyn that provides services focused on mental health.

Lorena Kouroussias, psychologist and director of the organization, assures that the stigma surrounding this issue is huge, and also points out that the climate greatly affects the emotional state of people.

“We know that, for example, in the winter, as the climate changes, since we have less exposure to the sun, because we have fewer hours to be in contact with nature, there is much more to do with the community. there is a possibility [de cometer suicidio] That’s why they call our winters the winter blues”, he explains.

In the Mixteca there are activities such as the elaboration of ceramic objects, soap or chocolate, which serve as healing sessions. There are group sessions, as well as individual ones, and everything is confidential.

During these group activities, Mixteca staff identify the type of assistance participants want, and provide them with the services they need.

The City Council this week held two days of hearings on the need for adequate resources to serve the population of more than 31,000 immigrants who have arrived in New York this year.

“We want to make sure that these families, that their basic needs are addressed, food, clothing, shelter, a respected place where they can be, but they also have access to these important mental health services,” Manhattan Councilor Carmen Dee The Rose said this about it.

If you are depressed, have suicidal thoughts or know someone who is in need of help, remember that there are many organizations in New York City that can help you. Locally, there is the NYC WELL hotline, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The program has counselors who speak more than 200 languages ​​available through the 888-NYC-WELL line. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline by dialing 988.

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