By Jennifer DolanMay 06, 2019 06:00:48When it comes to mental health, volunteers are the most likely to be called in to help those with mental health challenges, according to a new study by the nonprofit Mental Health Association of Greater New York.
According to the study, which was published online May 4 in the Journal of Health Psychology, volunteer mental health professionals have an average of one call per day to assist in mental health care.
The study also found that about 40 percent of volunteers report being a caregiver for someone with a mental illness.
Volunteers are also at the forefront of mental health services in the United States.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, mental health programs have expanded across the country since 2011, with nearly one in four adults in the country having some form of mental illness, and one in five children.
The nonprofit is also working to expand mental health support to veterans, and is launching a new mental health initiative in 2018 that aims to train all volunteers to assist veterans in accessing mental health resources and services.
The organization says it is recruiting more mental health volunteers to help provide mental health counseling and to increase its number of mental wellness services.
“We are seeking volunteers who have experience in providing services and training mental health workers, and who are knowledgeable about mental health and mental health related issues,” said Julie T. Koehn, CEO of Mental Health Alliance of Greater NY, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
“Volunteer mental health is a valuable resource for those working with mental illness in the community.”
The nonprofit, which operates in 18 counties across New York, said that it expects its first volunteers to arrive in 2020.
The MHAJ is a nonprofit organization that focuses on mental health.
Its mission is to help communities find the best mental health solutions and services to meet the needs of people with mental disorders, and to help them live healthy, productive lives, according the nonprofit.