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Looking for Mental Health Care and Falling Into an ‘Internet Wormhole’

Updated: Feb 7, 2023

Original article written by Marianna McMurdock for The 74

58% of Young New Yorkers Didn’t Get the Help They Needed During the Pandemic.

In-school mental health supports

A number of schools adopted new mental health initiatives because of and during the pandemic to meet student needs. Now 19 and recently graduated, Tuli Hannan was able to see her school partner with a community-based organization to provide more mental health services.

The New York Foundling, a centuries-old institution providing care for families and children, is one of many community organizations operating in-school mental health services. Through satellite clinics and staffing school support teams, they assist a student population of about 4,000 at 11 K-12 schools in the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens.

Looking for help and finding the internet wormhole

For students and families looking for mental health support, the first question becomes: Where do I start? In the internet age, they’re likely to find four sites in a quick search: the DOE’s school mental health page, the Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health site for accessing supports at home, the Department of Health’s hub for child and adolescent services and NYC Well, the confidential 24/7 text, chat and call hotline.

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