May is Mental Health Awareness Month

During May, Greenwich House joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Our Center for Resiliency and Wellness works to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

In 2021, Greenwich House formed the Center for Resiliency and Wellness by merging the former Children’s Safety Project and the Senior Health and Consultation Center.

Our services currently include individual, group, family, and couples therapies as well as medication management. Therapy services are available in Spanish and English.

The Center also is a designated Opioid Overdose Prevention Program providing a harm reduction approach to persons with mental health and substance use challenges.

 

Mental Health Awareness Month Article:

Linda Giuliano, our Director of The Center for Resiliency and Wellness recently wrote an opinion piece for City Limits about the importance of advancing access to mental health care for older adults in New York.

“The reality is that many older adults have already survived trauma—and those experiences carry so much wisdom, perspective, and resilience to share as a result. Investments to increase access to mental health support for seniors would go a long way.” – excerpt from City Limit’s op-ed.

Read the full article here.

 

Self Care Tips

Recognize

Listen to your body. Stop, hydrate, eat. Notice tension, thoughts, feelings without judgement.

Relax

Breathe. Stretch, flex, release. Seek quiet, take media and computer device breaks.

Relate

Identify and reach out to safe persons to talk with, walk with, be with. Stay connected to community.

Restore

Engage in experiences or activities that renew. Mindful and meditative states can be experienced in varied ways: art making, journaling, walking, cooking, quilting, gardening, dancing, reading, singing, seeing a film, doing service for others. Activities that relax and lift energy and mood.

Recover

Notice what matters to you most. What are the priorities that inform new decisions as we shift from reaction to choice

While Covid-19 remains a presence that evolves we have medical tools to reduce medical harm and risk. Similarly we have mental health and substance use tools to support wellness and resiliency. If you have experienced significant changes in mood, sleep, weight, self care substance use and ability to function, please refer to our resource list and reach out.

 

Resource List

 

Center for Resiliency & Wellness Staff Profiles