$200G for mental health in P.R.
The city will donate $100,000 to fund mental health services in Puerto Rico through its nonprofit Mayor’s Fund to Advance the City of New York, Mayor de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, the fund’s chairwoman, said Friday.
The money will be matched with another $100,000 from the Hispanic Federation.
“We call Puerto Rico the sixth borough and we feel that close,” de Blasio said. “When the hurricane hit, it was like it hit us.”
The announcement was made by by McCray — who in addition to chairing the Mayor’s Fund also runs a city mental health program called Thrive NYC.
“Healing emotional pain is not like rebuilding homes or cell towers or roads. The terrible losses, the trauma, the stress of an event like this have long lasting consequences and it takes time for people to realize that they need help for those things that are internal,” McCray said.
Chirlane McCray (center) and Mayor de Blasio (far right) present giant check to the HealthproMed organization.