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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 

President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.

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Cries for Help: New Yorkers flooding Mental Health Hotlines

February 19, 2009

Albany, NY - Pleas for help are up, confidence is down, and the mental health of New Yorkers is being tested by the economy, according to mental health advocates. Money worries, home foreclosures and especially layoffs, are taking their toll, according to the Mental Health Association of Nassau County (MHA). With New York’s unemployment rate hitting 7 percent, David Nemiroff, MHA's executive director, reports a 10-to-15-percent increase in calls to the Association's hotlines.

"People who’ve been employed on a job for thirty years are coming to us saying, ‘I need help and I need a new job and I really don’t know where to turn.’"

Some of the people who are calling the group’s hotline are not the sort who call during more robust economic times, says Nemiroff.

"We’re seeing a different type of person, some folks who have never experienced this type of despair, this potential homelessness."

The non-profit Association does not provide clinical services, but instead provides professionals who listen to callers' needs through the hotline, then refer them to publicly-sponsored mental health clinics. The group's Jobs Plus program readies people to re-enter the workforce.

Mark Scheerer, Public News Service - NY