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Mental health is about your social and emotional well-being – it’s what helps you manage the stresses of everyday life, take care of yourself, contribute to the world, and connect with friends, family, co-workers, and community.

Our mind and our bodies are connected, so mental well-being is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. When we take care of our minds, our bodies benefit too!

WorkWell NYC is here with mental health information and resources to help you be your best self, mentally and physically.
Looking for support? The New York City Employee Assistance Program (NYC EAP) offers free, confidential information, education, counseling, and referrals to employees and family members.   EAP logo

 


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Some days, our bodies are healthier than others – and the same is true for our minds. Our mental health can change over time, especially when life feels overwhelming. 

Poor mental health can affect your thoughts, feelings, moods or behaviors. If you’ve experienced mental health problems, you’re not alone: 1 in 5 New Yorkers are affected in a given year.

 

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The Health Department offers free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training for City employees and the general public on how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges or crises. Learn more or sign up for a training here.


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Everyone experiences stress at times - it’s a natural reaction to the demands of life.

Learning how to cope with stress can help you keep your mind and body healthy.

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Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to say to someone who is struggling with their mental health. However, with 1 in 5 New Yorkers affected by a mental health disorder each year, it’s important to know how to have a conversation about mental health to support our family members, friends, co-workers, and community members who may be dealing with mental health issues.

 

Choose the Right Words

 

Here are some helpful things to say to someone who may be dealing with a mental health issue:

  • “It is hard for me to understand exactly what you are going through, but I can see that it’s distressing for you.”
  • “Something seems to be bothering you. Do you want to talk about it?”
  • “I would like to help you. Can you tell me what might be helpful?”
  • "If you don’t feel comfortable talking with me, I know of other resources that might be of help.”

 

Helpful things to consider when starting a conversation about mental health:

  • Don’t dismiss negative feelings or blame the person.
  • There are many reasons why someone may be reluctant to discuss their mental health issues, even if they want help, such as shame, guilt, or fear.
  • Invite the person to join you in an activity, such as talking a walk or getting coffee/tea – but don’t take it personally if they turn you down.
  • Express your concern and willingness to listen and learn what they think may help.
  • Offer emotional support and encouragement, and be patient.
  • Encourage the person to find and stick with treatment.
  • Be prepared to offer information on where to get help.

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If you or someone you know may be affected by a mental health problem, help is available:

The New York City Employee Assistance Program (NYC EAP) offers free and confidential resources, support, and referrals to employees and their family members.

EAP can also help you navigate health insurance coverage and identify appropriate mental health care and providers for their needs.

EAP’s services are completely confidential and will not affect your job status. Your first visit to the EAP will be covered as an excused absence in CityTime.

You can reach the EAP at 212-306-7660 or at eap@olr.nyc.gov.

 

NYC Well counselors are available to help 24/7/365:

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  • Call 1-888-NYC-Well (1-888-692-9355)
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  • Text WELL to 65173.
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  • Visit nyc.gov/nycwell to chat online.

 

 

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Your regular health care provider can also offer information and help. To find a provider in your network call the number on the back of your health insurance card or visit the Health Benefits Program to find your health plan website.

 

If someone is in immediate danger of harming him or herself, or someone else, call 911.


Understand Your Benefits

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All health plans offered through the City provide extensive mental health and substance misuse coverage with very modest copays.  

The table below details the in-network coverage for the no-cost plans selected by the majority of active City employees:

In-Network Coverage for Mental Health/Substance Misuse

Plan

Outpatient

 

Inpatient

EmblemHealth
GHI CBP
$0 copay: Preferred Providers
$15 copay: Participating Providers
  $300 copay per admit and
$750 max copay per calendar year
EmblemHealth
HIP HMO

$0 copay: Preferred Providers
$10 copay: Prime Providers

For substance misuse care, up to 20 visits per calendar year may be used for family counseling.

 

$100 copay pay per admission

Need help finding a provider?

  • EmblemHealth members can visit BeaconHealth to find in-network providers for mental health or substance misuse.  Go to EmblemHealth and select your plan from the Locate a Doctor, Hospital or Other Health Care Service. Select Mental Health and Substance Abuse under Type of Provider to be directed to BeaconHealth.
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  • Employees with other health insurance coverage should contact their health plan.
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  • Your regular health care provider can also offer information and help. To find a provider in your network call the number on the back of your health insurance card or visit the Health Benefits Program to find your health plan website.
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  • The New York City Employee Assistance Program (NYC EAP) can also help employees and their family members identify and choose the best mental health care and providers for their needs. You can reach the EAP at 212-306-7660 or by email at eap@olr.nyc.gov.