Materials to Share

Materials to Share


As a community caregiver you can help by connecting others to additional or more specialized mental health resources and treatment by:

  • Identifying when community members need additional support
  • Guiding them to information
  • Encouraging them to seek support if they do not feel comfortable or ready

It can be very difficult for someone in need to seek help. Empathy and spiritual and/or emotional guidance from community leaders and caregivers can help community members gain the confidence needed to access external resources.

Checklists, Worksheets and Exercises

Seeking help is hard, but recognizing the need for additional support can be just as difficult. You can help those in need identify where positive changes can be made in their lives. The following handouts are designed to help people think critically about their habits or unmet needs, and determine which types of additional support would benefit them:

How stressed are you?

Self-Care Inventory

Lifestyle Inventory

Resources by Topic

Even when it is clear that a community member is in need of additional support, connecting them to the best resources can be a difficult task. The following resources are specific to the needs and challenges commonly faced by at-risk populations.


Resources
Topic/Resource Type About Source
Information about Stress How Stress Affects Your Health American Psychological Association (APA)
Stress Tips APA
Fifty Common Signs and Symptoms of Stress The American Institute of Stress (AIS)
Five Things You Should Know About Stress National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Signs and Symptoms of Stress AIS
Stress Boosts Good and Bad Habits National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Survey on Stress in America APA
The Different Kinds of Stress APA
Stress is Killing You AIS
What Is Stress? AIS
Self-care, Resiliency and Wellness Breathing Techniques to Lower Stress NYCDOHMH
Wellness Self-management Training Center of Practice Innovations at Columbia Psychiatry
What is Wellness? University of California, Davis
The Road to Resilience APA
Less Stress in Under a Minute NYCDOHMH
What is Wellness? University of North Texas
Eight Dimensions of Wellness Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Healthy Eating and Healthy Living Guide to Healthy Eating and Active Living in NYC New York City Health Department
Eating Healthy New York City Health Department
Food Program Locator Foodbank for New York City
Greenmarket Farmers Market GrowNYC
SuperTracker Online Food and Activity Diary U.S. Department of Agriculture
Your Guide to Healthy Sleep National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Free and low-cost health care in NYC including free clinics, sliding scale facilities, women and reproductive health, and dental programs NYU Langone Medical Center
Community Resource and Programs Government Issues ID cards for all NYC Residents IDNYC
BackPack Programs: Providing low income children with access to produce and healthy food items Foodbank for New York City
Free public pools and swim classes. BeFitNYC - a search engine for free and low-cost fitness activities in New York City. NYC Parks Department
Public Library Locations New York City Public Library
Free NYC Museums NYC the Official Guide
New York Classical Theater Free Performances New York Classical Theater Company
Community Health Center Locations NYC Health Insurance Link
Hotlines 311 connects NYC residents to NYC services. Interpretation is available in 170 languages New York City Health Department
Free, confidential 24/7 mental health support. Referral to mental health and substance misuse services. NYC Well
Child Abuse and/or Mistreatment
Call 800-342-3720 or 311
New York State Child Abuse Hotline
Elder Abuse
Call 311 and ask for Elderly Crime Victims Resource Center (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Call Safe Horizon's Crime Victims Hotline at 866-689-HELP (4357) TDD: 866-604-5350
Various sources (available in all languages)
Domestic and Interpersonal Violence Various sources (available in all languages)
Anti-LGBTQ Violence Anti-Violence Project
The Trevor Project Crisis for LGBTQ Youth The Trevor Project
Free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for professionals National Suicide Prevention lifeline
Emergency Food Programs
Call the 24-hour Emergency Foodline at 866-888-8777
Emergency Foodline
Rape and Sexual Assault
Call the Safe Horizon Rape Crisis/Sexual Abuse Hotline at 212-227-3000 TDD: 1-866-604-5350
Call the NYC Police Department Special Victims Report Line at 212-267-RAPE (7273)
Various sources
Legal Assistance
1-212-227-3000
Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund
24-hour free, confidential hotline for youth, their families and concerned service providers
Call the NYC Youthline at 800-246-4646 Support available in 152 languages
CAP4Kids Youthline
Veterans Crisis Line
Call the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 and press 1
Text 838255
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA)
Access to Benefits Information Find out if you qualify for more than 30 City, State and federal benefit programs Access NYC
Mental Health Information and Services Free, confidential 24/7 mental health support
Referral to mental health and substance misuse services
NYC Well
Information about Stress The UK Mental Health Foundation
Depression Symptoms and Treatment New York City Health Department
Free Mental Health First Aid Training Course National Council for Behavioral Health and Missouri Department of Mental Health
Information on mental health disorders, support groups, education and training NAMI
Manual for NYC Religious Leaders: Spiritual Care and Mental Health for Disaster Response and Recovery New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS)
Disaster Tip Sheet for NYC Religious Leaders: Faith Communities and Disaster Mental Health NYDIS
When a Friend or Loved One Has Been Traumatized, Spanish / Español
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
Indirect Traumatization in Professionals Working with Trauma Survivors (for providers) ISTSS
Traumatic Stress and Substance Abuse Problems ISTSS
Children and Trauma, Spanish / Español
ISTSS
Disaster Tip Sheet for NYC Religious Leaders: Faith Communities and Disaster Mental Health NYDIS
Torture Survivors Stress Management Tools The Center for Victims of Torture
Courage to Care Fact Sheet for Providers: Psychological First Aid Uniformed Services University of the Health Services
Financial Counseling New York Legal Assistance Group
Violence Abuse, and Neglect Information about free or low cost legal services Safe Horizon
Signs of Child Abuse Safe Horizon
Signs of Domestic Abuse Safe Horizon
Signs of Rape and Sexual Assault Safe Horizon
Signs of Human Trafficking Safe Horizon
Victims of Other Abuse Safe Horizon
Child Abuse and Neglect: Consequences Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Training Opportunities Mental Health Roadmap New York City Health Department
Caregiving Resources Caregiving Resources APA
Caregiver Stress and Burnout Guide Helpguide.org
Family Members and Caregivers NAMI
Being an Effective Caregiver Mental Health America
Children & Teens A resource for youth in care and after care Youth Success NYC
24-hour free, confidential hotline for youth, their families and concerned service providers CAP4Kids Youthline
Identifying Signs of Stress in your Children and Teens APA
Your Mind Your Body, Many Reasons why Young Adults are Stressed APA
Strategies to Help Teens Manage Stress APA and the National Parent Teacher Association
The Trevor Project Crisis for LGBTQ Youth The Trevor Project
Children's Programs in NYC Growing up NYC
Living With Chronic Illness Managing the Stress of Chronic Illness Your Mind Your Body
Coping with a Diagnosis of Chronic Illness APA
Chronic Illness and Mental Health NIMH
Chronic Illness The Cleveland Clinic
Military, Veterans, and Families Stress and Anxiety AIS
Veterans and Substance Abuse: The Many Sides of the Problem Addiction Resource
Free, confidential therapeutic services for post 9/11 veterans The Soldiers Project
Veterans and Active Duty NAMI
Veterans Crisis Line USDVA
People Living With Disabilities Disability and Health CDC
Disability Services and Programs in NYC NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Immigrants & Refugees Immigrant Services in NYC NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
Refugee Services Toolkit National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health: Best practices in meeting the needs of immigrants and refugees Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
NYC Immigration Coalition Resource List NYC Immigration Coalition
Senior center locations, services and programs NYC Department for the Aging
Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders SAGE Centers NYC
LGBTQ Support NAMI
The Trevor Project Crisis for LGBTQ Youth The Trevor Project
LGBT Mental Health Resources Pride
Individuals Serving Communities Self-care for Religious Leaders Tip Sheet NYDIS
Self-care for Spiritual Leaders Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)
Culture of Wellness tool to measure organizational wellness SAMHSA
Indirect Traumatization in Professionals Working with Trauma Survivors (for providers) ISTSS
Alcohol and Drug Use Alcohol and Drug Use New York City Health Department
What Is Addiction? Addiction Resource
Recognizing Addiction: Knowing When to Seek Help Addiction Resource
Support Groups NYC Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Suicide NYC Well NYC Well
After an Attempt: A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member After Your Treatment in the Emergency Department SAMHSA
Children/Youth and Suicide New York State Office of Mental Health (NYS OMH)
Depression and Suicide in College Students NYS OMH
Faith-based Resources Self-care for Religious Leaders Tip Sheet NYDIS
Self-care for Spiritual Leaders UUA
Manual for NYC Religious Leaders: Spiritual Care and Mental Health for Disaster Response and Recovery NYDIS
Disaster Tip Sheet for NYC Religious Leaders: Faith Communities and Disaster Mental Health NYDIS
Religion, Spirituality and Faith in the Care of Torture Survivors Webinar
Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
Healtorture.org
Mental Health for Faith Leaders APA