With youth mental health on ‘clear downward trajectory,’ city launches free virtual mental health platform for teens

New York City has created a new health initiative intended to help young students connect with mental health professionals in an accessible way. 

Starting Wednesday, all New York City youth ages 13 to 17 will be able to connect via phone, text or video call for free with a licensed therapist through the city’s new online mental health service, TeenSpace, Mayor Eric Adams announced on Wednesday alongside the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. 

The new service is part of the Adams administrations’ “Working People’s Agenda” and “Care, Community, Action,” initiatives.