WELCOME TO W PSYCHIATRY
If you are suffering from depression or are in emotional distress for any reason, know that you are not alone and help is available.
W Psychiatry is a psychiatric practice that provides high quality mental health care to a multicultural population in New York City. The practice offers diagnostic assessments and empirically validated treatments, consistent with a cross-cultural perspective.
WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?
The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her own community”.
WHAT IS CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHIATRY?
Cross-cultural psychiatry is a branch of psychiatry that studies the various ways in which different cultures and ethnicities experience stress, express emotional distress and conceptualize mental illness. Due to globalization, our individual backgrounds are increasingly based on multiple different cultures, communities, affiliations and nationalities. By informing the psychiatrist’s understanding of the relevant cultural values, belief systems, idioms and nuances, cross-cultural psychiatry enhances the clinician’s ability to build an effective therapeutic alliance, make sense of the individual’s feelings and behaviors, determine an accurate diagnosis and implement the most appropriate and effective treatment plan.
HOW COMMON IS MENTAL ILLNESS?
According to National Institute of Mental Health, one in four adults experience a mental health disorder in a given year, yet only one-third of them will receive mental health services. The lifetime risk of major depression is 20-25 % in women and 10% in men.
WHERE TO SEEK HELP IN THE U.S.?
Lifeline is a national network that provides support for people in emotional distress or a suicidal crisis. The caller will reach a crises center that is staffed by mental health workers, closest to his/her location. One can also call on behalf of someone else who is in emotional distress. The helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
1(800) 273-8255 – LIFELINE