We have launched a comprehensive mental health plan for New York City.

The six principles below guide our work. Join the conversation and help us make mental health everyone’s business.

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Mental Health Roadmap
Year Two Update

Change the Culture

Stigma stops people from getting the care they need. ThriveNYC is changing the culture by encouraging every New Yorker to be part of the solution.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is like CPR for mental health. By training 250,000 New Yorkers in MHFA, ThriveNYC will reduce stigma and help connect people with the care they need.
so you can better help friends, family members, or co-workers to stay healthy.

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Act Early

Early intervention is key to preventing mental illness. By investing in the mental health of New York’s youngest citizens, we can safeguard our children’s future.

Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning teaches children to manage their emotions in a positive way. By teaching Social Emotional Learning at all Early Learning and Pre-K for All sites, ThriveNYC is investing in the mental health of our children.

Relationship Counseling for All Foster Care Teens

ThriveNYC provides healthy relationship training to all New York City teens in foster care. The training offers interactive workshops on dating violence and cyber abuse for adolescents, young adults, parents, and service providers.

Mental Health Services in All Community Schools

ThriveNYC makes sure onsite mental health services are offered at all community schools to meet needs of students.


Network of Mental Health Consultants Serving All Schools

ThriveNYC has created a network of mental health consultants to provide additional mental health support to schools without existing mental health services.

Close Treatment Gaps

Barriers to treatment stop people from getting the care they need. By finding and closing treatment gaps, we are creating a mental health system that works for everyone.

of lower-income mothers develop symptoms of depression after pregnancy.
230,000 veterans live in New York, and one out of four are estimated to have PTSD and/or major depression.
of NYC Department of Homeless Services shelter clients have a serious mental illness; it’s closer to 40% among homeless who live on the streets.

How We’re Closing Those Gaps

The City has developed a system for screening pregnant women and new mothers for depression and is connecting them to services and treatments.
The City has enhanced mental health services at Runaway and Homeless Youth Drop-In Centers, Crisis Shelters, and Transitional Independent Living programs.
The Department of Veterans’ Services takes a four-pronged approach to supporting veterans through culture, connection, community holistic services, and clinical treatment.

Partner with Communities

We are partnering with communities because New Yorkers are more likely to access services in places they already go to receive care.

By embracing the wisdom and strength of local communities, we can collaborate to create effective and culturally competent solutions.

The Mental Health Service Corps (MHSC) is a one-of-a-kind initiative to close the gaps in behavioral health services and support more positive health outcomes. Placing Behavioral Health Clinicians in substance misuse programs, mental health clinics, and primary care practices reduces the stigma of mental illness and creates easier access to behavioral health services.
The Thrive Learning Center is an easy-to-use public website featuring free interactive learning opportunities and resources including videos, infographics and modules on self-care and stress management to increase knowledge and awareness of various mental health concerns.
Connections to Care (C2C) integrates mental health services into programs already serving low-income communities, where people may not know they need help, or are reluctant to access it.

Use Data Better

We’re testing new and innovative data models, and using best practices in data collection, surveys, and ongoing evaluations of initiatives.

A new Mental Health Innovation Lab is giving the City the data and resources it needs to coordinate this effort.

We’re using a child health survey to collect reliable citywide data on the health and emotional wellness of children. Many factors affect wellness for children and families, from adverse life events to access to care.

Strengthen Government’s Ability to Lead

Your government has a responsibility to support mental health. In order to achieve our ambitious goals and long-term change, we have to lead all government stakeholders towards our shared objectives.

NYC Well

The City launched NYC Well, a robust and accessible system that serves as an easy point of entry to many of the City’s behavioral health services.

The Mental Health Council connects and empowers City agencies to implement this plan.

Mental Health Council

Cities Thrive

The Cities Thrive Coalition brings together some of our nation’s best thinkers on mental health to develop innovative programs, discuss best practices, create an ongoing conversation and push our federal partners to join us in making mental health and substance misuse a top priority.