Happy Holidays! I wish love and warmth to you and your family this holiday season. For many, this is a season of giving thanks, a season to reciprocate the generosity shown to us by others, and to welcome newcomers to the family table and break bread together.
This season can also be emotionally challenging. There will be empty chairs at many family dinner tables this year—a solemn reminder of all we’ve been through, of holidays spent apart last year, and of the work we must still do to keep our families safe from the threat of the coronavirus and its emerging variants.
If you are struggling to keep up a happy face this holiday season, know that you are not alone. I want to share some mental health resources available to us here in the 55th District and I encourage you to reach out today if you or someone you know needs help.
If you need immediate medical assistance, please dial 911. For the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255). New York State’s Domestic Violence Hotline number is 1-800-942-6906. And the NY Project Hope Emotional Support Helpline, which can help you manage and cope with changes brought on by COVID-19, may be reached from 8 AM to 10 PM at 1-844-863-9314.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any legislative issues or concerns at email@example.com, or by calling (585) 223-1800. To learn more about the work I am doing as your Senator, please visit my Senate website.
In service and partnership,
Senator Samra Brouk
The Rochester Regional Health Behavioral Health Access and Crisis Center
Mental Health Association (MHA) of Rochester/Monroe County
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Rochester
211 LIFE LINE
Dial 211 or 1-877-356-9211
Rochester Regional Health Behavioral Health Services
Genesee Behavioral Health Center has openings at their clinic at 224 Alexander Street, Rochester, NY 14607.
University of Rochester Mental Health and Wellness Services
Monroe County Office of Mental Health
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline
NY Project Hope Emotional Support Helpline, open 8 AM - 10 PM, 7 days a week.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Compeer Rochester - Mental Wellness through Friendship
Families Together in New York State (FTNYS)
TransformHarm.org is a resource hub about ending violence.