RHI Impacting Mental Health in Red Hook.

RHI (Red Hook Initiative) has been offering one-on-one counseling to the youth in Red Hook for the last year.  This was just a start to what has become a partnership with ThriveNYC’s Connections to Care (C2C) to expand mental health care in Red Hook, thanks to a three year grant received last March from The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.  RHI could still use our help with this effort and are accepting donations through their website. Read more about this partnership below.

For youth growing up in NYCHA’s Red Hook Houses, stressors of adolescence include more than homework assignments or making it to class on time. Living in Red Hook means facing instances of community violence, unhealthy living conditions, and limited local access to healthy food, transportation, and education. 

When it became clear that youth needed resources to cope with these stressors, Red Hook Initiative (RHI) began offering one-on-one counseling. Now through ThriveNYC’s Connections to Care (C2C) initiative, led by First Lady of NYC, Chirlane McCray, RHI offers acute care. The goal of C2C is to reimagine, strengthen, and expand mental health care in traditionally underserved communities. The three-year grant, awarded last March from The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, increased services onsite while partnering with NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers for more severe cases of mental illness.

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