Did you know that mental illness is a leading cause of disability in the United States?
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 10 children in America are affected by mental illness. Yet, nearly 2 of every 3 persons with a mental illness diagnosis do not seek treatment. Especially for minorities, social stigmatization, cultural beliefs and myths, and availability of mental health services rank among the greatest barriers to getting help.
BCHN's 17 Bronx-based community and school health centers offer integrated, co-located mental, medical and oral health care with social work counseling and related support services. We can all play a part in raising awareness of mental illness and dispelling stigma in our homes, workplaces, houses of worship and communities.
Learn more about mental illness and speak out about your experiences. Encourage loved ones, friends and colleagues to learn more, and make it easier for those affected to speak out about their own mental health journey, or as allies for loved ones.
For more resources, visit: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; National Alliance on Mental Illness; or
August 6 - Andy King's Community Engagment Parade & Concert
NYC Council Member Andy King will host his 3rd Annual Community Engagement Day this year in partnership with Evander Childs High School of Contemporary Arts and Fun in The Son.
Entitled “High School of Contemporary Arts, Council Member Andy King, Fun In the Son Community Engagement Event,” visitors will have the opportunity to watch a parade or participate in a wide variety of vans and trucks offering health screenings, sidewalk tables and exhibits, vendors, assorted demonstrations, music concerts, refreshments and activities for adults and children.
The Community Engagement Event will he held on Saturday, August 6, with the parade kicking off at 10 a.m. at the corner of East Gun Hill Road and Boston Road, Bronx, and proceeding along East Gun Hill Road to the Evander Childs football field at 800 East Gun Hill Road. All other events will take place along Barnes Avenue, outside of the football field, between East Gun Hill Road and Magenta, or on the football field itself.
August 11 - 11th Annual Community Health Champions Recognition Dinner
BCHN invites you to attend our 11th Annual Community Health Champions Recognition Dinner on Thursday, August 11 at the Grand Hall of Montefiore Medical Center (Gun Hill Road entrance). Every year during National Health Center Week, BCHN recognizes patients who have made remarkable strides in meeting their self-management goals. We also honor partners who have made a significant contribution to the Bronx community.
August 13 - Bronx Art + Music + Wellness Festival
On August 13, from 10:00AM-3:00PM, in celebration of National Health Center Week, Bronx Community Health Network and Union Community Health Center, along with Fordham Road Business Improvement District, the NYC Department of Transportation and O Positive, will host a Health and Wellness Expo at Fordham Plaza in the Bronx, NY. All are welcome to join us for an innovative and unique celebration of health, wellness, art, music and dance. Come out and learn more about the health & wellness resources available to you right in your neighborhood!
To learn about upcoming events and locations check out the BCHN
events page, or to arrange for BCHN representatives to be at your upcoming event,