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Mental Health

So much has changed in just a few weeks. We are in an unprecedented state of emergency.  As a society, we are hurting, we need help navigating new, challenging circumstances. This kind of stress can amplify emotions, feelings, and worries we already had. For survivors of torture, it is normal to feel the strong effects of retraumatization. There are organizations and individuals who see this, and are dedicated to providing mental health counseling and psycho-education resources, and most are available in multiple languages.

Seeing your PSOT provider:

  • If you are already established with a mental health provider at the Program for Survivors of Torture, please email to schedule a telephonic appointment with your therapist. Unfortunately, in the current state we do not have capacity to see new clients.

Counseling Resources:

  • NYC Well 

    • New York City residents may call 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355), text "WELL" to 65173, or chat online to connect with a mental health professional.​

  • OASAS- Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services

    • New York State’s OASAS offers a multilingual hotline available day and night at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or text 467369 for those struggling with alcohol and substance abuse.​

  • Disaster Distress Helpline

    • Call the Disaster Distress Helpline from anywhere in the US at 1-800-985-5990 (TTY 1-800-846-8517) or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to speak to a counselor at any time of the day or night, with capacity for service in many languages.​

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline

    • Call the national hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (TTY 1-800-273-8255) 24/7 for free and confidential support if you are in crisis or thinking about hurting yourself or others.​

  • The Trevor Project

    • The Trevor Project provides confidential counseling to teens and young people in crisis or thinking about suicide, and was created as a resource for the LGBTQ youth population. Call the Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678 to speak with someone any day or time. Learn about COVID-19 and its impact on the mental health of LGBTQ youth.​

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