First Lady of New York City Announces Groundbreaking School Mental Health Awareness Campaign

Sharing an announcement from the First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray. The First Lady will be our opening keynote speaker at the 32nd Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health, March 3-6, 2019. Click here for details.


In New York City, we want every student and parent to know there are mental health resources available to them — and where they can find that help. But that’s not always the case.

That’s why I’m excited to announce the launch of “There’s Help All Around You,” a groundbreaking school mental health awareness campaign created in partnership with The Jed Foundation (JED), ThriveNYC, New York City Department of Education, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, and greyhealth group.

The campaign, which launched today in all New York City public schools, points students and parents to mental health resources provided in their schools and communities — like guidance counselors, social workers, school mental health consultants, substance abuse prevention and intervention specialists, and community school mental health providers.

Tailored for elementary, middle, and high schools, and available in multiple languages, this program will reach 1.1 million students in our 1,843 schools across NYC.

This program is the first of its kind and can be a model for school districts across the country. Learn more about “There’s Help All Around You,” and check out examples of the campaign materials below.

Young people struggling with mental health challenges need to know that they are not alone. Mental illness and substance use disorders are common, treatable diseases — and there is no shame in asking for help. Our new campaign will help decrease the stigma and uncertainty surrounding mental health, and connect more young people to the care they need.

We’re thrilled to be working with JED, the leading organization protecting emotional health and preventing suicide in schools and communities across the country. I am so proud of what we will all achieve together.

Thank you,

Chirlane McCray
First Lady of New York City

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