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Lonely this holiday season? State shares resources

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Governor Kathy Hochul, in collaboration with renowned therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, is addressing the issue of loneliness during the holiday season.

Dr. Westheimer, famously known for her 1980s radio talk show, has been appointed as New York’s first-ever “ambassador to loneliness.” Together, they are focusing on studying the health effects of loneliness and have released a public service announcement to highlight the issue and the resources available for those struggling.


The campaign emphasizes the various support channels accessible to New Yorkers. Individuals experiencing loneliness or emotional distress can reach out to the anonymous text crisis line by texting 741741 to GOT5.

Additionally, they have the option to text or call 988 or engage in a chat at 988lifeline.org, services that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These resources provide crucial support for individuals facing challenges during the holiday season.