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NYC EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT’S LATEST ‘PREP TALK’ PODCAST: MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS DURING A PANDEMIC


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May 20, 2020 — In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the latest episode of “Prep Talk” features Ali Gheith, certified emergency manager (CEM) and professional disaster mental health counselor. Gheith discusses steps individuals can take to cope with stress related to these difficult, unprecedented times, identifies the signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety, describes their effects, and outlines tips for stress management. New York City’s NYC Well is available for anyone who may have trouble coping with problems like stress, depression, anxiety, or drug and alcohol use. You can listen to the latest episode on SoundCloud, iTunes, and Spreaker.

Any New Yorker in need of mental health support can call 1-888-NYC-WELL or text “Well” to 65173. If an individual is in danger or needs immediate medical attention, call 911. NYC Well is your connection to free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat and get access to mental health and substance use services, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365.

Profile 

Ali Gheith is a certified emergency manager (CEM), and professional disaster mental health instructor/counselor. He has responded to many crises in New York since 9/11. In 2010, Gheith was assigned as regional coordinator for a citywide H1N1 campaign to vaccinate New Yorkers. He is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness through public education, information activities, and raising awareness to move the mental health agenda forward.

Gheith is the recipient of the NYC Distinguished Service Award for his work with community and faith leaders across New York City. He is also is the recipient of The Brooklyn Borough President proclamation for the contribution to mental health progress for Brooklyn communities.

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