Prioritizing the Mental Well-Being of Our Youth
As New York State's first female governor and the only mother to hold the office, Governor Hochul is deeply concerned about the rise in teen depression — especially following the isolation and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic — and is committed to supporting the mental well-being of our youth. By listening to what they're going through and gaining a deeper understanding of this issue, policymakers will be able to meaningfully address the problems young New Yorkers face.
Governor Hochul hosted a series of youth listening sessions and a spring summit aimed at exploring the issues impacting the mental health of youth throughout New York State. Coordinated by the State Office of Mental Health and the Office of Children and Family Services, the listening sessions were moderated by youth peer leaders and gave young New Yorkers an opportunity to speak directly to State leadership.
The spring Summit on Youth Mental Health brought together youth, parents, and subject experts from the mental health, education, technology, and law enforcement fields to discuss the challenges and opportunities impacting the well-being of our youth.
It's time we put the mental well-being of our youth at the forefront and listen what they're going through to gain a deeper understanding of this issue and meaningfully address the problems young New Yorkers face.
Tackling the Youth Mental Health Crisis
Watch the New York State Youth Mental Health Summit held on June 15, 2023 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.
Supporting New York's Youth
A statewide series of listening sessions and a spring summit will explore the issues impacting the mental health of youth.
New York is first state in nation to use innovative program to assist at-risk youth who have not responded well to traditional treatment.
A pair of statewide networks wlll be created to assist youth and families to provide behavioral health information, support and services.
Governor Hochul announced the State is awarding grants totaling up to $12 million through Feb. 28, 2026, to fund family opportunity centers.
The new 988 Lifeline ensures that anyone with a New York area code contacting 988 will be connected to one of New York's 988 crisis centers.