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OPEN NEWSROOM: Accessing Mental Health Resources in NYC Public Schools

THE CITY hosted a session at Brooklyn’s Central Library about how to get appropriate mental health support for kids in NYC public schools.

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Experts in student mental health gathered for a discussion; a video is available below.

Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

THE CITY’s reporters and editors connected with students, parents, policy makers and family healing ambassadors last week shortly after publishing an investigation on what happens to students in distress when public school staff call 911 on them.

THE CITY also published a guide in partnership with Chalkbeat on how to get appropriate mental health support through public schools, and a lookup tool that lets readers look up any public school’s track record on mental health support and related data points. 

The event was hosted in partnership with Chalkbeat and ProPublica

The conversation was moderated by THE CITY reporter Abigail Kramer, and Brooklyn Tech student journalist Yan Zhen Zhu.The panelists were: 

  • Nelson Mar, a senior staff attorney in the Education Law Unit at Bronx Legal Services 
  • Rasheedah Brown-Harris, a Healing Centered Schools Working Group member who supports family healing ambassadors in city public schools, and a parent who regularly navigates mental health services and resources through the school system
  • Kevin Dahill-Fuchel, the executive director of Counseling in Schools, a nonprofit organization that works with about 70 public schools around the city, and
  • Nicole Manning, a senior at the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, student-journalist and the author of A Guide to Post-Pandemic Teen Mental Health that was published in the Yale Daily News. 

If you’d like to ask a question related to the event or mental health resources in city public schools, send it to ask@thecity.nyc with the subject line “Mental Health.”

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