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Thousands of Brooklyn teens sign up for free tele-mental health therapy

May 24, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CITYWIDE — ROUGHLY 6,800 TEENAGERS have signed up for New York City’s free mobile mental health therapy program, NYC Teenspace, since it launched in November, with Brownsville, East New York and Canarsie leading the signups, city officials said Thursday. “The pandemic was tough on us all related to our mental health, but especially so for our young people. We’ve seen higher rates of anxiety and depression among our young people, made especially difficult by the challenges of growing up in a social media world,” Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom said in a release. About 80% of users identified as Black, Hispanic, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI), bi-racial or Native American, and 70% identified as female.

Mayor Eric Adams said the city also filed a lawsuit “to hold the companies that own five social media platforms accountable for their harmful behavior and made the right investments to put nearly 500 social workers and psychologists in our schools.”


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