BENEFITING: Henry Street Settlement
ORGANIZER: Henry Street Settlement
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
I have only come to know Henry Street Settlement for about a year. Even after this short amount of time, I can honestly say that I cannot imagine what my life may be today if weren't for Henry Street Settlement. This is why I'm running the NYC Marathon for Henry Street Settlement.
In the Spring of 2015, my mother had a mental breakdown. It started with anxiety and sleeplesness and escalated to hallucinations and paranoia. At the worst point, she tried to take her own life. Fortunately, she was already at a hospital when it happened. She received timely care and survived. It was really, really tramatic. But what I worried more about was what to do after she was discharged. We had no family history of mental health issues so we didn't know what we would need to do. What's more, my parent's limited English language skills and income level made it harder for them to seek help. At first, we thought that surely we could find an option for subsidized therapy near where my parents live in Flushing, Queens. After all, it was becoming the largest Chinese immigrant enclave in NYC. We were wrong. Henry Street Settlement was the only provider of culturally sensitive and linguistically appropraite group theraphy and psychiatry sessions for the Chinese community we could find. So, over the last year, my mother has been visiting Henry Street twice a week. I was able to accompany her 2 separate times. The first shortly after she was discharged from the hospital and started her sessions at Henry Street. The second just before my move to San Francisco, to help talk through the big change since I won't be able to visit her as frequently as before.
Today, she is still on medication and under the care of Henry Street Settlment. I get periodical status from her social worker as well. She is doing much, much better compared to a year ago. And it is largely because of Henry Street Settlement. I feel that it is not enough for me to just say thank you. So I've decided to raise both awareness and funding through running for them at the 2016 NYC Marathon. The funds will go directly towards the Behavioral and Mental Health program there. That way, more folks in the community like my mother can receive the care they need. More families will regain their footing from the upsetting misfortunes. Please help me raise awareness and gather resources for Henry Street Settlement through your generous contribution. I will be so grateful.
Statistics about the Behavioral and Mental Health Programs at Henry Street Settlement:
- Henry Street opened one of the first community based mental health clinics in the country in 1946.
- The Chinese community in New York is one of the most underserved populations in mental health, but Henry Street is steadily working to change that fact. Henry Street employs a bilingual staff and offers services in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Fujianese. All staff regularly participate in workshops that help them learn about cultural sensitivities and how to deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
- We currently have 7 Chinese speaking mental health professionals in our behavioral health programs and 2 Chinese speakers at our primary care facility. The primary care facility Chinese speakers are key for patients who are suffering from both a mental illness as well as a physical illness.
- 62% of the clients of our PROS program, a recovery program for adults with severe mental illness, are Chinese. Overall, about 25% of all patients in our health care programs are Chinese speakers.
- 68 Chinese speaking patients in the PROS program
- 515 Chinese speaking patients throughout all our health care programs
- We also have an additional 46 Chinese speaking patients in our out patient mental health services program