MHA-NYC has a long history responding to natural and human-caused disasters. For over a decade, the organization and its programs and crisis hotline services have been at the center of the mental health response to many of this country’s greatest tragedies, working diligently to counsel people in need, train providers, and establish best practices to disseminate for future incidents.
After the horrific events on 9/11, MHA-NYC had to respond to the suffering of our neighbors and are grateful that our expertise was so valuable. LifeNet was chosen to be the entry-point for Project Liberty, the official mental health response to the terrorist attacks. Project Liberty was the largest mobilization of disaster-related mental health and crisis support services in the history of the United States.
We have continued our leadership in disaster mental health by responding to Hurricane Katrina, the BP Oil Spill, and most recently, Hurricane Sandy. Read about our current efforts to help restore emotional wellness after disasters.
World Trade Center Health Program
The World Trade Center Health Program includes services for responders, workers, and volunteers who helped with rescue, recovery, and cleanup at the World Trade Center and related sites in New York City, as well as survivors who were in the disaster area. Learn more.
Superstorm Sandy CiCBT
This spring we are launching a new program to provide easy access to help for New York State residents who are still suffering emotional distress as a result of Superstorm Sandy. Cognitive behavioral therapy with telephone, text, and chat supports will be made available online 24/7 free of charge. All that is needed is access to the internet. The programs that will be offered are all evidence based and address the most common emotional difficulties that surface after a disaster including insomnia, depression, anxiety and substance misuse. By making these effective treatment programs available online, we hope to reduce the barriers that individuals often experience when seeking help.