The graduates of AMPHS first mental health first aid training.

Many immigrants, particularly in Sunset Park, are at risk for developing mental health conditions due to assimilative stresses, domestic violence, bullying, separation from their families, and financial strain. This can lead to adverse consequences, including substance abuse, depression and suicide.

In support of Mayor de Blasio and First Lady McCray’s ThriveNYC initiative, AMPHS has launched a series of free mental health first aid trainings for the community, beginning in December 2015. The training course introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems and instructs them on a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions, and secure appropriate care for the suffering individual.

AMPHS held its first 2-day training this month in collaboration with the Office of Senator Jesse Hamilton, Chinese-American Planning Council Beacon Center, African Services Committee, and Mental Health Association of New York City, training over 25 community members on addressing mental health issues in their communities in the overwhelmingly popular class. Congratulations to all of our graduates!