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Press Release
New York City Department of Health
Office of Public Affairs
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Kenneth Lo
Wednesday, May 29, 2002
(212) 788-5290
(877) 640-1347


More than 160,000 booklets distributed to Chinese community over Memorial Day weekend

The New York City Departments of Health and Mental Health, joined by the Mental Health Association of New York City (Asian LifeNet), and Hamilton-Madison House, announced the release of the Chinese-language version of New York Needs Us Strong: Coping After Sept. 11, the Project Liberty booklet that includes information about coping with stress following September 11th. This public education initiative is directed towards increasing awareness of the availability of counseling services in Chinese through Project Liberty community providers and Asian LifeNet, a confidential, toll-free hotline for consultation, referral and crisis intervention.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, more than 160,000 booklets were inserted into three Chinese-language newspapers: the World Journal, the Sing Tao Daily, and the Ming Pao Daily News. Each booklet features the toll free Asian Lifenet phone number, 1-877-990-8585. Booklets are also being delivered to community organizations and health centers in neighborhoods with Asian-speaking populations throughout lower Manhattan, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and Flushing, Queens. The campaign also includes advertising placement in the Chinese-language press and a billboard on Canal Street in Chinatown.

Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, said, "From decreased tourism to extensive layoffs at garment factories, the World Trade Center disaster has strongly impacted Chinatown. This, in turn, has had ripple effects throughout Chinese communities in other boroughs. There are services available for Chinese-speaking New Yorkers who are trying to cope with the aftermath of September 11th. It is important that members of the Chinese community recognize that if they are experiencing symptoms of stress, there are providers in the community who can help."

Funded by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Project Liberty is a disaster-recovery program created by the New York State Office of Mental Health to provide free, immediate crisis counseling, education, and referral services to people affected by the World Trade Center disaster. With over 100 local sites participating in the program, New Yorkers can access services close to home.

Asian LifeNet – 1-877-990-8585 – is a toll free professionally staffed hotline operated by the Mental Health Association of New York City. Services are available in Cantonese, Mandarin and Fuzhounese, as well as Korean. In addition to counseling services, people can call the same number for up-to-date information on where to go for any disaster-related problem, such as loss of a job or income.

1-800-LIFENET, the City's 24-hour/7-day counseling, addiction referral, information line for information Project Liberty provides services in over 150 languages:

For English Speakers:(800) LIFENET, (543-3638)
For Spanish Speakers:(877) AYUDESE, (298-3373)
For Chinese and Korean Speakers:(877) 990-8585
For the Hearing Impaired (TTY):(212) 982-5284
For other languages:(800) LIFENET, and ask for an interpreter

The New York Needs Us Strong Brochure is also available in English and Spanish. For more information, please visit, or the State's Project Liberty's Web site at