To prevent the spread of COVID-19, DGMH and Friendly Visiting programs will transition to providing services exclusively over the phone. The programs are still accepting new clients. If you have any questions call Aging Connect at 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469). Visit the DOHMH website for coronavirus updates.

Mindfulness meditation and other activities are offered at some senior centers as part of the City’s ThriveNYC mental health initiative.

New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio's ThriveNYC is raising awareness about mental health issues, removing stigmas, and improving access to care - including through the NYC Well phone, text, and chat service.

The Department for the Aging (DFTA) has two ThriveNYC programs: the Geriatric Mental Health Initiative at senior centers and the in-home Friendly Visiting Program.

Geriatric Mental Health Initiative

DFTA's Geriatric Mental Health Initiative places mental health clinicians in senior centers, where they lead educational games and have open conversations with older adults about anxiety and depression. Clinicians also screen participants for depression, provide on-site counseling, and give referrals.

You don't have to be a member of a senior center to see a mental health professional, but you do have to be 60 or older.

Find a Geriatric Mental Health Initiative site or call Aging Connect at 212-244-6469 for more information.

Friendly Visiting Program

DFTA's Friendly Visiting Program pairs older adults with screened and trained volunteers for in-home visits. Volunteers visit on a regular basis to talk about shared interests and experiences, forming friendships in the process.

If you or someone you know would like a friendly visitor, contact a case-management agency in your area.