Programs seek to help mental health patients

With the suicide rate at a 30-year high, the city's first lady, Chirlane McCray, is making a push to improve mental health in New York.

One program available for people seeking help is the Life is Precious Program, which is run by Comunilife.

One program available for people seeking help is the Life is Precious Program, which is run by Comunilife. (5/6/16)

NEW YORK - With the suicide rate at a 30-year high, the city's first lady, Chirlane McCray, is making a push to improve mental health in New York.

One program available for people seeking help is the Life is Precious Program, which is run by Comunilife.

It is focused on helping Latina adolescents.

Dr. Rosa Gil, the CEO of Comunilife, says outpatient mental health clinics can often take up to six months before a patient receives an appointment.

At Life is Precious, they try to work in every teen for therapies that include art and music.

"I didn't feel like I was good enough to live. I felt depressed. I was self-harming...I felt so insecure about my body," says Jaymitch Life, who entered the program in 2014 when she was 14 years old.

Now she volunteers, sharing her story and hoping to help others.

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