Source: New York City, Office of the Mayor
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After helping to find Sisters Thrive, New York First Lady Chirlane McCray recently announced Brothers Thrive; both initiatives are aimed to promote mental health literacy in the black community. Mental Health First Aid is providing the training for these programs.
McCray's mental health wellness, support and outreach efforts are noteworthy, widely recognized as a first for major city.
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If you are an employer, you can hire young people at risk. If you are a community leader, you can help improve police-community relations. If you are a health care provider, you can support trauma-informed care to gun violence victims. If you are a funder, you can support any one of these efforts. Whatever you do, your voice matters when you speak up in support of policies that can make our neighborhoods safer. Reach out to learn more.