NYC Launches Mental Health Programs for Seniors

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York City has launched mental health programs aimed at improving the lives of older residents.

The initiative will offer mental health services at 15 senior centers this year, with an additional 10 centers added next year. Trained volunteers will visit homebound seniors to prevent social isolation, which increases the risk of health issues.

First Lady Chirlane McCray said Wednesday that her own parents suffered from untreated mental health problems. She says stigma and lack of resources kept them from getting help.

In charge of the initiative, part of McCray’s ThriveNYC, is Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, who says New Yorkers are living longer — and it’s important to make sure they thrive.