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New York City is offering its municipal workforce counseling services and other support for dealing with election-year stress brought on by Donald Trump’s election.
In a Dec. 1 email, the de Blasio administration pointed to mental health resources that are available to workers who are “feeling distressed or vulnerable following the election results.”
“We have seen the concerns expressed on social media and we are monitoring them closely,” the emails reads.
The half-dozen agencies involved include the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Department of Education, as well as Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policies Richard Buery, who is overseeing the city’s mental health initiative known as Thrive NYC.
According to the New York Post, Mayor Bill de Blasio is creating a citywide safe space for New York City’s municipal workers and offering them psychotherapy sessions to deal with the results of the presidential election.
Taken literally (and we should), the mayor is telling citizens of New York City that they should indulge any potential weakness inside them that makes them believe they can’t deal with the results of American democracy when the results don’t go their way — that they’re easily injured, inherently weak and don’t have the personal fortitude to keep fighting for what they believe in.
See, there are politicians who will use any occasion to coax people into dependency on the state — whether for food, shelter, the raising of their children or hand-holding — when anything in life doesn’t go their way.
Remember, Mayor DiBlasio is offering New Yorkers therapy to cope with the results of an election. These are the same people who battle—every day—the vagaries of living in the largest metropolitan area in the country. These are the same people who survived 9/11.
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
a reply to: GreyScale
SOunds like they are reminding employees of the Employee Assistance Program. The headline is just a half truth.
EAP's are SOP in the corporate world and are there to reduce call outs by improving support for employees lacking support. The assistance is likely just someone talking you through how to suck it up and get on with life. Thats what counseling is.
The email, which contained the subject line, "Feeling stressed? Resources for City employees", included the letterhead of three organizations: the New York City Employee Assistance Program; Thrive NYC (the city government's mental health initiative); and Work Well NYC, which runs the city workers' health plan. But plenty of other government agencies are involved in the initiative to help New York city employees.
The email contains links to several such resources, including literature on "coping with stressful events", helping children cope with stress, and "tips for self-care." The city's department of education is "also developing supportive activities in schools and working with Thrive NYC's School Mental Health Consultants program to promote our students' mental wellness," according to the email.