For many years, residents across the peninsula have been demanding treatment for mental health and wellness issues.
On Feb. 28, The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) held a special event to promote the release of the 2018 edition of the Mental Health & Wellness Resource Guide, in partnership with The Take Care Rockaway Initiative (TCRI) and the NYC DOHMH.
The guide provides a cluster of solutions for locals, moving a step forward.
In 2016, the RWA was hired by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to create an action plan – in cooperation with the community — to focus on one health priority and establish a solution around it. After rounding up the votes, mental health and mental health stigma were selected as the main focus.
Since then, the RWA has made it a mission to form new ways toward a more positive outcome.
“I did a lot of background research about Mental Health [in Rockaway], and I found out there were a lot more services that people just didn’t know about,” said Alexa Liguori, RWA’s M.P.H. Research Coordinator. “People in the community….aren’t actually accessing the services, or they’re frustrated with services altogether, so we really wanted to create this guide to be more comprehensive.”
The updated guide is a handy tool which contains a service dictionary for outpatient services, immediate assistance services, and recreational care.
If you don’t own a copy, a digital version is available at rwalliance.org/rwa/projects/tcr