Thrive NYC and Mental Health

Who spends their free Saturday, the entire day, learning about mental health? This guy.

On a gorgeous Saturday morning, my wife and I made our way to the border of Brownsville and Crown Heights. We spent the day learning all there is to learn in an 8 hour period about mental health. To be honest, it was eye-opening. The first thing I learned was how misinformed and uninformed I was about mental health. I have studied the many aspects of the human body, muscles, joints and what happens in various injuries, I am much more comfortable with physical health, but I am not as versed in mental health.

The course that I took was a training in Mental health first aid. It is being sponsored and supported by Mayor Deblasio and the first lady. The training are being offered by Thrive NYC. The entire training is free and their goal is to get 250,000 people trained by 2020.

The concept is simple, if there is someone in pain, in need of medical assistance as we are walking down the street or along the platform in the subway, most of us would stop and try to help this person or call for someone to get help. We can recognize and assist someone is physical distress. That is first aid 101. However, we often miss the signs of mental distress. When you see someone talking to themselves or acting out in a way that most of us would consider "crazy" that is often someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis. Sometimes it comes across as being very eccentric, boisterous and exhibits behaviors that seem unexpected and rash. Other times it could be the opposite and someone may become quiet, introverted or stop taking care of their personal hygiene. Whatever the case may be there are clear signs that can allow us to offer help or ask someone else to offer help when we see such a scenario. Even a simple “are you ok?” can go a long way.

I will not be able to do justice to all that they were able to teach me, but the key point of considering mental health as a much larger factor in our lives is that it can be helped. In the same way that if we treat a wound and apply pressure to it early we can prevent the person from bleeding out. If we address a mental health issue earlier we can help and prevent the issue from escalating and more importantly it may save a life.

If you would like more info check out the following links

https://thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us/

https://screening.mentalhealthamerica.net

https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/

https://power2u.org/

Yuuki Hirano