Difference Makers: Westchester psychologist offers pro bono mental health services to low-income communities

HARRISON, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A psychologist in Westchester County has been bringing mental health services to children in low-income communities since the beginning of the pandemic.

Dr. Adam Weissman, who started the non-profit The Weissman Children's Foundation, says since the pandemic began, he has seen the need for mental health service skyrocket.

“(There’s been) Significant increases in anxiety, depression, obviously social isolation, trauma and grief, parenting and behavioral challenges also some like attentional and behavioral challenges due to something like the distance learning in school issues. We're seeing increases in OCD and substance abuse and suicidal ideation as well.”

Dr. Weissman expects the scars of 2020 will linger for some time, even after the pandemic is over.

The Weissman Children’s Foundation’s mission it to offer “gold standard, evidence-bases mental and behavioral healthcare to every child and family in need.”

The organization offered pro bono and pay-what-you-can services for all low-income families in need.

Dr. Weissman says they felt the need to help when they saw all that was happening in the world and how it could affect everyday people.

“We're seeing kind of across the board increases and mental health issues due to COVID,” Weissman said. “I’m sure that there's confounding variables, including… all that is going on with racial, social justice reform issues and also election anxiety. I mean there's so many things going on the country right.”

The Weisman Children's Foundation is raising funds to bring affordable mental health care to even more young people.

Those who wish to contribute to the effort can donate on the organization’s online fundraiser.

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