New York City Department of Health
and Mental Hygiene
Office of Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Andrew Tucker
Business Hours (212) 788-5290
After Business Hours (212) 764-7667
Friday, September 10, 2004
WITH SEPTEMBER 11TH ANNIVERSARY APPROACHING, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE REMINDS NEW YORKERS THAT MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING IS AVAILABLE
Counseling is Available by Calling 1-800-LIFENET or 311
NEW YORK CITY - September 10, 2004 - The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) today reminded New Yorkers that feelings of sadness, fearfulness, anxiety and nervousness, anger and other emotions tied to the events of September 11 that temporarily disrupt a person's ability to function are not uncommon. When these feelings or difficulty functioning persist, free and confidential counseling is available now or anytime during the year by calling 1-800-LIFENET (1-800-543-3638) or by calling 311 and asking for LifeNet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Project Liberty - a federally supported program that provides public education, outreach and free crisis counseling services to persons, families and groups most affected by the World Trade Center disaster - will also have more than 70 counselors available at some of the day's events.
Get Help for Depression - A "Take Care New York" Priority
Depression affects an estimated 400,000 New Yorkers each year, but it can be treated. It's normal to feel "down" once in a while, but feeling this way for two weeks or longer can indicate depression. Talking to a doctor or mental health professional can help, and most people benefit from medication and therapy. Abusing alcohol or drugs makes depression worse.
Talk to your doctor or a mental health professional if for 2 weeks or more you:
Have little interest or pleasure in things; feel sad, anxious, guilty, or hopeless; sleep too much or too little; have difficulty concentrating; feel slowed down (or speeded up); think about dying or hurting yourself.
Recognize Depression in Your Child
- Children and adolescents often cannot communicate feelings directly. They need parents and other adults to notice a problem and get them help if necessary.
- Children and adolescents may show different signs of depression, including irritability, emotional withdrawal, behavior problems, falling grades, and use of alcohol and other drugs, including tobacco.
The Mental Health Association of New York City operates LIFENET, which provides counseling and referral services, and is available in English 1-800-LIFENET (1-800-543-3638), Spanish (1-877-AYUDESE; 1-877-298-3373), and Chinese (1-877-990-8585). For other languages, New Yorkers can call LIFENET and ask for a translator. The TTY number for LIFENET is (212) 982-5284. Information about City events commemorating the anniversary can be found on the City's website at www.nyc.gov.