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Mental Health Resources


NYC Well 

Free, confidential, multi-lingual crisis prevention, mental health, and substance abuse information; referrals to mental health professionals; and assistance in accessing mobile crisis units. 1-888-NYC-WELL English, 24/7 1-888-692-9355 press 3 for Spanish, 24/7 1-888-692-9355 press 4, Mandarin, 24/7 https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/\


A citywide initiative designing a roadmap to mental health for all New Yorkers.

Mental Health & Social Services for NYC Youth 

Helpful phone numbers,  hotlines, and online resources for youth and families.

NYU Child Study Center

Offers free parent workshops and online webinars on topics related to raising healthy children, managing behavior, and emotional health.

Guidance for Outdoor Play in Cold Weather
School Type: All schools
Children benefit from vigorous exercise and should be given the opportunity to play outside whenever possible. Unless it is snowing, or there is ice on the playground, or the wind chill factor produces an effective temperature below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius), temperature alone should not be a barrier to outdoor play.
You are encouraged to work with your staff to maintain outdoor play periods, and you should take precautions to keep students warm and to ensure that they are appropriately dressed on very cold days. When outdoors, please ensure that your students and staff cover exposed skin, wear warm clothing, and use multiple layers to maintain warmth.


Samaritans 24-Hour Suicide Prevention Hotline Free, completely confidential emotional support for those who are overwhelmed, depressed or suicidal and need someone to talk to. Every call follows Samaritans non-judgmental communications model and assesses individual for suicide risk. 212-673-3000, 24/7 www.samaritansnyc.org
NYC WELL Free, confidential, multi-lingual crisis prevention, mental health, and substance abuse information; referrals to mental health professionals; and assistance in accessing mobile crisis units. 1-888-NYC-WELL English, 24/7 1-888-692-9355 press 3 for Spanish, 24/7 1-888-692-9355 press 4, Mandarin, 24/7 https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/\
Mobile Crisis Teams (MCT) Serve anyone experiencing or at risk of a psychological crisis who requires mental health intervention and follow-up to overcome resistance to treatment. Teams provide assessments, interventions, counseling, referrals, etc. The website provides information to contact directly. https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/crisis-emergency-services-mobile-crisis-teams.page
24-Hour Parent Helpline preventative and mental health referrals or respite services for parents who fear they will harm their children, who are suicidal, have a runaway or acting out the child, are the victims of domestic violence or any situation that impacts their children’s safety; free service. 1-888-435-7553, 24/7 www.nyfoundling.org/crisis-nursery
Nineline Hotline (Covenant House) Free, confidential hotline for youth and their caregivers for crisis counseling. Counselors utilize a database of 30,000 social service and child welfare agencies, allowing callers to be connected with immediate help. 1-800-999-9999, M-Su, 4-8pm https://www.covenanthouse.org
Crisis Nursery at New York Foundling A temporary safe haven for children between the ages of 0-10 (slightly older, if siblings) 24/7 and is the only service of its kind in NYC. The stay may be extended to 21 days under circumstances like mother’s stay in substance abuse rehab or extended hospital stay for illness, etc. 1-888-435-7553, 24/7 https://www.nyfoundling.org/crisis-nursery-helpline/


Teen Line Online service Provided by teenagers who have been specially trained to listen, help clarify concerns and explore options. Available 8:30 pm to 12:30 am. After hours, calls are directed to Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center, Los Angeles. Standard message and data rates may apply. Text 839863 type: TEEN. https://teenlineonline.org/talk-now/
Crisis Text Line Serves young people ages 13-25 in any type of crisis, providing them access to free, emotional support and information they need via the text medium. Teenagers can text in their problems to a hotline and receive text message support from counselors. Text 741-741 Type: LISTEN, 24/7 www.crisistextline.org/

Online Chat

The Compassionate Friends 


Live chat community encourages connecting and sharing among parents, grandparents and siblings (over the age of 18) grieving the death of a child. The chat rooms supply support, encouragement and friendship from those who share similar experiences as well as general bereavement sessions. Guidelines on using service are provided. https://www.compassionatefriends.org/find-support/family-support/

TrevorChat Free, confidential, secure instant messaging service for LGBTQ youth (13- 24) that provides live help from trained volunteer counselors. Guidelines on using service are provided. Available daily, 3-9 pm https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/#sm.00000q7m7ijmvof07x51t5lei2tud
National Suicide LifeLine Chat Centers in the LifeLine network provide online emotional support, crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for those who are depressed, despairing, going through a hard time, or just need to talk. Questions regarding safety, feelings of depression, current social situation, etc. are asked. Guidelines on using service are provided. 7 days, 2 pm to 2 am. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-someone-now/
GLBT National Help Center Online Peer-Support Chat free, confidential, one-on-one peer support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals that helps with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems, etc. All conversations are confidential. Guidelines on using service are provided. M–F 4 pm-12 am Sat 12–5 pm. www.volunteerlogin.org/chat/


Calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline gives you access to a range of free services including:

• Confidential support from a trained staff member

• Support finding a local health facility that is trained to care for survivors of sexual assault and offers services like sexual assault forensic exams

• Someone to help you talk through what happened

• Local resources that can assist with your next steps toward healing and recovery

• Referrals for long-term support in your area

• Information about the laws in your community

• Basic information about medical concerns


Bereavement Support

A Caring Hand, The Billy Esposito Foundation Bereavement Center 


free bereavement services for children and teenagers ages 4-18 and their primary caregivers including 10-wk peer group for children, teens and caregivers; grief and bereavement consultation for professionals, schools and businesses. 212-229-CARE (2273) www.acaringhand.org


The Trevor Lifeline – Free, confidential crisis and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ youth offer someone to listen without judgment; “Ask Trevor” is an online resource for young people with questions surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity. Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386, 24/7 www.thetrevorproject.org
The Door – Free confidential service to young people from all over New York City, with a wide range of services including reproductive health care and education, mental health counseling and crisis assistance, legal assistance, GED and ESOL classes, tutoring and homework help, college preparation services, career development, job training and placement, supportive housing, sports and recreational activities, arts, and nutritious meals –  555 Broome Street NY, NY  Hrs.: M, Tues. Thurs. F 2pm-8pm & Wed. 2pm -10pm


Drop-In hours for runaways and homeless youth: 11 am M-F and 12-6pm on Saturdays

Main Phone – 212-941-9090*

Hetrick-Martin Institute  – Services for LGBTQ youth 13-24 and their families include after-school services (arts, health, and wellness, job readiness, career exploration) and supportive services (individual and family counseling, meals, help to find housing, and etc. referrals). 212- 674-2400 https://www.hmi.org/services/youth-programs/

Mental Health and Health Services

NYC Free Clinic – Comprehensive free health care clinic for ages 18+ provides health, mental health, social services, women’s health, reproductive care; serves patients regardless of socio-economic, immigration or health status. 212-206- 5200 http://nycfreeclinic.med.nyu.edu
National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City  – Support groups for those with mental illness ages 18+ and family members, friends, caregivers. The confidential helpline provides support, community resources. 212-684-3264, M-Th 12-7, F 12-6 www.naminycmetro.org
New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health – Suicide prevention and mental health resources (for children, youth, elderly, bereaved, etc.) and service directory listing programs and private practice providers serving Asian community. www.asianmentalhealth.org
Hamilton-Madison House – Individual and group counseling for Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Southeast Asian clients, continuing day services, substance abuse and recovery, supported housing, etc.; serves citywide, located in Manhattan and Queens.212-349-3724 http://www.hamiltonmadisonhouse.org/
AHRC NYC – Services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (autism, traumatic brain injury, etc.). Counseling, family therapy, support groups, day programs, substance abuse treatment, and caregiver respite services. 212- 780-4491, M-F, 9-5 www.ahrcnyc.org
Parachute NYC Peer Support Line – For people experiencing emotional distress, the calls are answered by a staff of individuals with their own personal experiences with mental illness who have been trained to provide support to others. 646-741 HOPE (4673) 7 days 4 pm to 12 am



Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services – A network of community-based mental health and social services for children, adults and families; includes counseling and domestic violence services. 212-582-9100 https://jewishboard.org/
Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline 


(New York State) 

citywide referrals for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to agencies offering shelter, counseling, support groups, etc.; confidential

1-800-942-6906, 24/7 (English & Spanish)


Transition Year Project  – Online resource to help parents and students focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition (especially for young people who are already dealing with some form of depression and/or need continuity of mental health services); provides information to identify, address and manage the treatment of emotional problems, stress, depression, etc.



Include NYC  – Serves families and children with all special needs. Provides referrals and support to help parents and professionals access services to ensure children are provided the opportunity to develop their full potential; free and confidential.


212-677-4660, M-Th 9-4


Streetwork Project (Safe Horizon)  – Free services for children and youth up to age 24 include legal, medical and psychiatric services, help in obtaining identification, housing, hot meals, showers, clothing and the opportunity to socialize in a safe, non-judgmental and supportive setting.


Harlem Drop-In Center

212-695-2220, M, T, Th, F 12-5

Lower East Side Drop-In Center

646-602-6404, M, T, Th, F 2-7


Park Slope Counseling Center (MHP-2)


Description: Outpatient Clinic

Services: Individual Counseling, Child Play Group

Ages: Children, Adults

Insurance: Medicaid

Address: 348 13th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215  (718) 788-2461 (Main Office)

257A 15th Street Suite 103 Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718)788-5101

Fax: 718-788-5102 (CEO, Clinical Director, and Child Intake Department)