Learn about our plan for New York.

Every individual has their own situation that warrants different "levels" of mental health. Over the course of our lifetime, half of us will have dealt with some type of mental health challenge – some will be more serious than others though. Here's the good news: we're working to build a better and safer environment in New York.

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The problem.

1 in 5 New Yorkers experienced mental illness this past year.

The intense environment has exposed and worsened the intensity of struggle that many face. More than 1 in 5 New Yorkers have symptoms of a mental disorder, according to the New York State Department of Health. Not being able to recognize the symptoms of a disorder is an obstacle New York inhabitants face due to the stigmatization revolving around mental health and discrimination in the health field. The stigma around mental health has been pushed by society and is devastatingly a huge factor in the crisis.

Let's fact check.

  • Prior to the pandemic, in 2015, a national survey by the National Institutes of Mental Health stated that over 3 million adults living in New York faced severe psychological distress and/or diagnoses.
  • New York State Department of Health explains that 1 in 10 adults and children living in NY experience challenges regarding mental health that have the potential to/ or already affect everyday functionality.
  • The 2016 CHS (Community Health Survey) exposed that almost 10% of NY adults had one of the most common disorders, depression.
  • According to the 2016 CHS (Community Health Survey) , 62% of New York city adults with depression had no treatment, mediation, or counseling.
  • Suicides are the 2nd leading cause of death, and depression is the leading cause of death of disability affected life years (Community Health Survey)

Statistics ImageA histogram exhibiting the stigmatization of depression and different disorders

The relevance.

COVID-19 tripled signs of depressions.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic beginning in early 2020, New York’s mental health crisis was already worsening. New York was heavily affected by the pandemic and was not only struggling with the economic effects but also the psychological effects on its inhabitants. In May of 2020, more than one third of NY adults had severe symptoms of psychological disorders. These numbers were nearly 3 times worse than numbers from national findings pre-pandemic. The pandemic took away the already limited access many had to treatment and caused severe distress leading to undiagnosed illnesses. As the state of New York recovers, it is equally as important for the people to recover. Due to the spike in psychological suffering, stigma around mental health has also worsened. Combating stigma is what New York needs to comprehensively heal. Becoming aware of symptoms, and raising awareness is an extremely beneficial way to battle the stigma.

Statistics ImageThe 2016 CHS shows that over half of NY adults with depression received no treatment or counseling (62%).

Our plan.

We're ready to make a change.

  • We build spaces in stress prone environments for people to learn about their mental health, as well as how to take care of it. In the workplace, we offer educational clinics and areas for people to share. On college campuses, we present lectures and materials to inform and provide a comfortable space for everyone. With this method, people know they are not wrong, they are not alone, and that they can speak up.
  • We host speciality events for any occasion, dedicated on educating and promoting overall mental wellbeing. We’ll answer any question, debunk myths, provide safe places for everyone, and help the audience learn how to end the shame around mental illness. We can help everyone, everywhere, speak up to know that they are not making it up in their head.
  • We create physical materials for everyone to learn, support, and spread the message. From weekly newsletters on helpful tips and science regarding mental health, to comfortable clothing pieces that show positive messages, we have it. We live to spread and help others live.
  • We make appointments with state and community lawmakers, advocating for mental health awareness and asking for their help in changing the stigmatized climate engulfing conversations on mental wellbeing. Because, change needs to be at every level.
  • We provide financial aid to adults who cannot afford medical expenses regarding their mental wellbeing. No one will be left behind.

So, help us help you.

Statistics ImageNew York is seeing massive numbers of individuals not getting the resources they need for their disorders.

Get involved!

Let's build a safer community and state – one step at a time, together.

This is why Coast-to-Coast Mental Health Awareness needs your help! Our goal is to reduce the stigma of mental health problems in New York. With your help, we will be able to help lower the numbers. Even a small donation would help us greatly. What are you waiting for? It's your time to help ease this problem!

Statistics ImageThe number of adults suffering from mental health disorders (according to the USC Schaeffer company).Statistics ImageNew York has seen a massive surge in depressive symptoms.Statistics ImageIt's not just with one race either – it's spread out pretty evenly.Statistics ImageAlthough the levels are still high, New York has been having a great recovery from the pandemicStatistics ImageWe have to protect individuals from overdoses.