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Mental Health

Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center’s World Trade Center Healing Services provides adult, child, and adolescent mental health counseling and complementary holistic services at no cost to anyone who is affected by September 11th. The clinicians are professionals trained to treat 9/11-related mental health issues and other psychological traumas. Call (212) 346-2582.

Call LIFE-NET: (800) LIFE-NET (800-543-3638), or (212) 982-5284 (TTY) is the toll-free number for 9/11 referrals for New York City, New York State, New Jersey, Connecticut, and all other U.S. states. LifeNet is a free, confidential crisis intervention, referral, and information service.

The Resiliency Program, at Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness, provides support for children and families affected by 9/11 including bereaved individuals and families; evacuees; first responders and crisis/rescue workers; persons living, working, or attending school near the WTC site; and people who provide services for those affected by 9/11. The program also provides services for those in underserved or high-risk populations. Services include individual and group psychotherapy; counseling and psychosocial support; psycho-educational workshops on topics such as trauma, stress management, bereavement, and problem behaviors in childhood; referrals; and professional training for groups such as mental health workers, primary care providers, pediatricians, community workers, teachers, and others who work with children and families affected by 9/11. The office is located at: 707 West 171st Street, Ground Floor, NY, NY 10032. The mailing address is: 722 West 168th St, Suite 10 North, NY, NY 10032. Call (212) 781-1046 or visit www.ncdp.mailman.columbia.edu/program_resiliency.htm

Safe Horizon: 9/11 Mental Health Programs provide counseling to individuals, couples, and families, and facilitate a variety of 9/11 support groups. Psychiatric services, educational presentations, and workshops are also available. Services are available for all those affected by the events of September 11th, including family members; those who were injured, evacuated, or who witnessed the events; those who were displacedfrom their homes or places of employment; and any staff or volunteer involved with the 9/11 rescue and recovery efforts and their families (e.g. public safety workers, firefighters, police, medical personnel, mental health professionals, construction and clean-up workers, food and clothing distributors, journalists, and others). Eligible family members include spouses and ex-spouses, partners and ex-partners, children, parents, and siblings. All mental health services are free and confidential, and are provided by licensed Master’s level clinicians. No proof or documentation is required. Call Ellen Fader at (212) 747-8581.

The Jewish Guild for the Blind’s Mental Health Services Department provides crisis counseling for individuals and small groups of adults and children living in New York City who were affected by the terrorist attack of 9/11. The department’s mission is to support, educate, and develop coping strategies that will help those affected return to their normal, pre-traumatic mental and functional levels. The department also provides counseling to students and staff at designated District 75 schools through a grant from the American Red Cross Liberty Disaster Relief Fund. The Guild is located at 15 West 65th St. NY, NY 10023. Call (212) 769-7800, email info@jgb.org or visit www.jgb.org

If you live on Long Island, contact:

Faithful Response, Faithful Response provides free, compassionate mental health care and counseling to Long Island residents still struggling with the effects of 9/11 and related events, including the war on terror in Afghanistan and Iraq. A collaboration of Lutheran Disaster Response of New York and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Faithful Response is an innovative, faith-based mental health program designed to assist Long Island residents who continue to struggle with mental health, emotional or family issues related to 9/11. This program provides free, confidential counseling and support through state-licensed, highly-trained mental health professionals. For more information, call 516-679-0080 or visit http://www.faithfulresponse.org/

If you live in New Jersey, contact:

The Living Room at the Jewish Family Service, Inc. is a community that cares and endeavors to improve clients’ quality of life. This community is for everyone, young or old, male or female, Jewish or non-Jewish, physically fit or not, resident of Bergen County or not. Services include support groups, healing circles and services, referral and educational services, and a bereavement resource library for families who lost a loved one. The Living Room also facilitates a dinner discussion group once a month for people who lost a loved one due to 9/11. Each family, person, or business member finds his or her own comfort level and engages in a variety of educational, recreational, physical, and cultural activities. Call (201) 873-9090 or visit www.jfsbergen.org

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