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Flack Broadcasting – Governor Hochul meets with advocates to highlight youth mental health care and efforts to address the harmful effects of social media

Hochul mental health care for young people

Governor Kathy Hochul met with advocates from the Mental Health Association of New York State (MHANYS) this week to highlight her continued investments in mental health care for young New Yorkers, including expanded access to innovative first aid training programs for youth and teenagers.

The Governor reiterated her commitment to enact landmark national legislation addressing online safety and the harmful effects of social media in the final weeks of the 2024 state legislative session.

“We are working closely with mental health advocates and service providers to ensure young New Yorkers have access to the support they need,” said Governor Hochul.

“But even as we continue to make progress, I know we still have more work to do. Meetings with advocates and families across the state have only strengthened my commitment to advancing legislation to combat addictive social media feeds and protect children online.

Governor Hochul highlighted her investments to support mental health first aid training programs offered by MHANYS and other organizations statewide to empower New Yorkers to help friends, family or other community members experiencing challenges with mental health or substance use.

The state Office of Mental Health has provided $1.5 million to support the organization’s Youth and Teen Mental Health First Aid programs, which provide age-specific training to adults or teens so they can support youth who may be experiencing dealing with mental health or addiction issues. .

As part of her conversation with the leadership of MHANYS, the Governor also continued to hear about the challenges faced by youth today due to excessive and unhealthy use of social media.

According to Hochul’s office, the governor is focused on advancing two pieces of legislation by the end of the legislative session in June, including the Stop Addictive Feeds Exploitation (SAFE) for Kids Act to limit the addictive properties of social media, and the New York law. Children’s Data Protection Act to limit the collection of personal information from minors by online sites.

This commitment is part of the Governor’s broader efforts to address the youth mental health crisis and ensure young people can get the care and resources they need.

For more information, visit Governor Hochul’s website.

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