Welansa Asrat, M.D.
276 Fifth Avenue, Suite 507A
New York, NY 10001
Email: DrAsrat@Wpsychiatry.com
Phone: 1(888) 977-6463





WELCOME TO W PSYCHIATRY


W Psychiatry provides quality mental health care to New York City's multicultural population. It offers diagnostic assessments and empirically validated treatments with a cross-cultural perspective
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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 studies the various ways in which different cultures and ethnicities experience stress, express emotional distress and cope with mental illness. Our individual backgrounds are increasingly based on multiple different cultures, communities, 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 one's feelings and behaviors, formulate an accurate diagnosis and implement the most effective treatment plan.

HOW COMMON IS MENTAL ILLNESS?
One in four adults experience a mental health disorder in a given year, yet only one-third 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 distress and/or a suicidal crisis. The caller will reach a crises center staffed by mental health workers, closest to his/her location. One can also call on behalf of someone else. The helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

1(800) 273-8255 – LIFELINE