Right now, people are more mentally exhausted than normal because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the unjust murder of George Floyd.

It is okay, to not be okay. It is okay, to need help. And it is okay, to not know how to get that help. From my personal experience, I have been emotionally and mentally drained. I can't imagine what other people, who are more affected by the pandemic and the systemic racism in this country. I want to reiterate that it's okay to not be okay, and there are mental health resources right here in the Hudson Valley you have access too. If you're unsure where to start to get help, here are some resources in the Hudson Valley organized by county:

Dutchess County

Dutchess County HELPLINE: 845-485-9700, available 24/7

Ulster County

Ulster County Mobile Mental Health: 1-844-277-4820, between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Ulster County COVID-19 Mental Health Hotline: 1-844-863-9314

HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley- Partial Hospitalization (845) 334-3120 (Adults), (845) 334-3110 (Children & Adolescents)

Pine Grove Center (845) 339-4733

The Institute for Family Health (845) 338-2562 (Adults, Children & Adolescents)

Mental Health Association Wellness Center (845) 339-9090

NAMI Mid-Hudson (845) 206-9892

Orange County

Did I miss something? If so, please email me at taylor@wrrv.com and I will add to this list. Be healthy and be safe.

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