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Lessons From NYC’s Children of 9/11 Help the Kids of COVID as School Resumes

The terror attacks showed how schools can offer mental health support after an unprecedented crisis, experts say. But because no two disasters are the same, the city faces new challenges in helping students forever upended by the pandemic.

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Self-Harm Is Exploding In New York City Jails, Internal Numbers Show

Self-harm — including suicides — at Rikers Island and other local lockups spiked last summer as COVID-19 ravaged New York, figures obtained by WNYC/Gothamist and THE CITY show. The rate’s climbed to historic levels in the months since.

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Lincoln Hospital Doctor Trainees Say Harsh Culture Took Toll Before Three Died

Some residents training at the Bronx public hospital are in revolt over their allegedly "toxic" workplace following the deaths of three colleagues — two reportedly by suicide. City hospital leaders pledged to boost mental health help.

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Cops Still Handling Most 911 Mental Health Calls Despite Efforts to Keep Them Away

A pilot program that’s supposed to send teams of EMTs and social workers to help people in emotional distress isn’t working as planned so far: Police are responding to 80% of emergency calls for help, THE CITY has learned.

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Public Advocate Blasts Delays on de Blasio’s Mental Health ‘Diversion Centers’

Jumaane Williams, citing THE CITY’s report that one center is empty and another barely used after millions spent, demands answers on the ThriveNYC projects. "It’s beyond frustrating," he said.

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Failure to Thrive: NYC’s $100 Million ‘Diversion Centers’ for Mentally Ill Sit Empty or Barely Used

We took a peek inside a shuttered Bronx facility where NYPD cops are supposed to take emotionally distressed New Yorkers to get help. Another center in East Harlem has served just 45 people — coming out to $1.1 million per visit.

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Rikers Staff Sick Call Spike Spurs Lockdown, Trapping Mentally Ill in Cells

Some 1,200 correction officers called out sick Sunday — more than twice the pre-pandemic average. Union officials and inmate advocates alike fear more lockdowns are on tap for the system’s most vulnerable inmates.

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NYC to Pay $500 to Nearly 1,000 Parents to Address Mental Health Needs at Schools

The city Department of Education is launching a mental health training program in May for parents, paying them $500 to become "wellness ambassadors" in their communities.

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Incumbent Bill Perkins Joins Crowded Harlem Council Race Despite Health Concerns

Councilmember Perkins would be allowed to serve for two more years if reelected. But some Harlemites, Council colleagues and a former staffer have serious doubts about the longtime elected official’s fitness.

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Family of Slain Rikers Inmate Nets $1.65M in Suit Assailing ‘Broken System’

Casey Holloway’s family argued he would still be alive if jail officials had moved his attacker to a specialized unit for people with mental illness. Meanwhile, the city is behind on a promise to boost the number of units.

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Eleanor Bumpurs’ Namesake Kin Inherits Legacy of NYCHA Neglect and Disrepair

A great-granddaughter of a Bronx woman killed by police in her home during a 1984 mental health crisis shares not only a name but the experience of broken public housing. Now her son has lead in his blood.

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Subway Train Operator Haunted by Two Deaths on the Job in One Week. MTA and Union Officials Say the Tragedies Point to a Larger Crisis

Jerome Golden had piloted trains for 17 years without being involved in a deadly accident. Between Dec. 19 and Dec. 26, two women were killed by trains he was driving. Subway deaths rose slightly last year, despite the pandemic ridership plunge.

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It Wasn’t the First Time the NYPD Killed Someone in Crisis. For Kawaski Trawick, It Only Took 112 Seconds.

Trawick was alone in his apartment when an officer pushed open the door. He was holding a bread knife and a stick. "Why are you in my home?" he asked. He never got an answer.

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‘Why Are You in My Home?’ Kawaski Trawick Never Got an Answer Before Police Fatally Shot Him

Police body camera footage released Tuesday shows how, within two minutes, cops arrived, Tased and shot the 32-year-old man in his Bronx apartment last year.

First Lady Chirlane McCray’s Home Visit Program for First-Time Parents Scrapped

An effort to help new mothers with postpartum depression launched in February has been put on hold due to the pandemic — just when advocates say it’s needed most.

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How Decision to Skip Mayoral Race Brought ‘Relief’ to Corey Johnson After Depression Bout

The City Council speaker said his life became a "rollercoaster" amid pandemic isolation and a bruising budget battle. "It all sort of caught up with me," he told THE CITY.

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Paramedics and EMTs Under Staggering Stress in Era of Disease and Disruption

The FDNY is adding five times as many EMS peer counselors as mental-health hotline calls spike and union says a "severe crisis" has hit frontline workers dealing with COVID PTSD.

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What Happens If There’s a Blackout?

As Con Edison downplays the risk of a mass power outage, some New Yorkers are preparing for the possibility amid a pandemic, protests and uncertain times.

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Family Says Body-Cam Video Counters NYPD Account in Queens Taser Death

 Police said 29-year-old George Zapantis was Tased after approaching cops while carrying a sword. His cousin and a family lawyer said footage shows he was unarmed.

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Black Mental Health Specialists Weathering Waves of Trauma in Community

Black psychologists and psychiatrists are reporting an unprecedented rise in referrals, inquiries, and calls from people of color.