$200G for men­tal health in P.R.

New York Daily News - - NEWS - Jil­lian Jor­gensen

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.

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