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Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene & ThriveNYC Mental Health

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Last month, one of our partners, Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene, held a training event in conjunction with 7 different organizations. 31 participants gathered at Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene for an 8 hour free course in which all trainees received certification from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare as Mental Health First Aiders. Participants learned the sign and symptoms of the most common mental health problems, where and when to get help, and types of help shown to be effective.  Certification establishes that all trainees have been trained to provide initial help to people experiencing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, and substance use disorders.
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The First Aid Mental Health Certification Training workshop was conducted through the Mayor’s office in collaboration with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as a part of ThriveNYC.

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ThriveNYC is a plan of action to guide the city toward a more effective and holistic system that outlines 54 initiatives, 23 of them new, to support the mental well-being of New Yorkers. Additionally, ThriveNYC creates a model that can be applied nationally and a framework for advocacy.  To find out more about ThriveNYC, please visithttps://thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us/.

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Thrive Collective Serves in the Bronx

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In June the Longwood section of the Bronx became a little brighter and colorful. Students from PS 333 and 335 worked together with NY CityServe partner, Thrive Collective, on a shared schoolyard mural that offers a glimpse into their neighborhood and how they see it. Every week during lunch time 6 classes, 3 from each school, joined us in the yard to help paint the mural. The results were fantastic.

Once the mural was all complete, on June 4th, Thrive Collective,  joined a dozen Bronx based artists and arts organizations gathered to celebrate the rich cultural legacy of the Longwood neighborhood at the first I Am Longwood Arts Fest. Enjoy the video above, capturing the beauty of the mural, festival, and community collaboration at it’s finest.