ALTO and Whole Foods Unite with Community Organizations for Mental Health Awareness Event in Harlem, NY
November 9, 2023
Miranda Reyes

Harlem, NY – In a collaborative effort to address mental health challenges faced by individuals in contemporary society, ALTO and Whole Foods joined forces with the 28th Police Precinct, The NYPD Community Affairs Bureau, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, and City College CUNY Psychology to host a successful Mental Health Awareness event.

In line with ALTO’s commitment to creating safer communities, this initiative aimed to raise awareness about mental health issues, particularly within the Harlem community. The event brought together diverse members of the local community, fostering unity and support.

The Community Affairs of NYPD’s 28th precinct, the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University, and the Psychology division of City College CUNY played vital roles in the event. They engaged with the community by distributing useful items and resources. The psychiatric services from Columbia University and psychological services from City College CUNY also set up tables filled with extensive information about mental health, serving as an educational hub for the attendees.

Attendees were treated to coffee, hot chocolate, and snacks courtesy of Whole Foods and ALTO, enhancing the welcoming and interactive atmosphere. The event also featured a coat drive conducted by “We Push For Peace,” giving away roughly 300 coats to prepare for the upcoming winter season and offering much-needed assistance to those in need.

The event’s success highlighted the commitment of Whole Foods and ALTO to engage and support their community. By creating a space for open discussions on mental health, they fostered empathy and increased backing for individuals dealing with mental health challenges within Harlem. This joint effort demonstrates a dedication to community welfare and showcases the transformative effect that alliances between commercial enterprises and community organizations can exert on the broader society.

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