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Senior Citizens Lack Mental Health Support

December 5, 2018: Jinny Jang conducting Thrive NYC’s Mental Health First Aid training class at the Highbridge Recreation Center in Manhattan.The day long program introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adults over the age of 65. (photo: Adi Talwar)

City Limits explores whether more support for senior citizen mental health is needed in the city after three seniors committed suicide in the past two years. 

Even though 250,000 New Yorkers were trained in Mental Health First Aid for the Thrive NYC initiative, a program that teaches their members about problems in adults over the age of 65, only 25 senior citizens received the full benefits of the program, says City Limits.

Councilwoman Diana Ayala, who spearheaded a bill that would make mental health training at senior centers mandatory, claims that none of the Thrive NYC-trained centers are in significantly impoverished areas like her south Bronx district.

Read the full December 17, 2018 report by Roshan Abraham in CITY LIMITS…

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