Spaces to Thrive

Spaces to Thrive logo featuring a houseplant and bookshelf over a blue background

Spaces to Thrive is a partnership between The New York Public Library and the Mayor's Office of Community Mental Health to spark conversations about mental health and bring free mental health programming to New Yorkers.

New York's public libraries are at the forefront of responding to the needs of New Yorkers, including the city's most underserved communities. By bringing free mental health resources to NYPL branches, we're making sure that mental health knowledge and support is accessible to all—no matter what neighborhood you live in.

Since its inception in 2015, the Mayor's Office of Community Mental Health—formerly ThriveNYC— has been committed to ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to mental health support. With Spaces to Thrive, the Mayor's Office of Community Mental Health's resources are available at 13 NYPL branches across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island—and amplified through social media at #SpacesToThrive.

Spaces to Thrive Programming Includes:

  • Free mental health programming at participating branches
  • A dedicated Mayor's Office of Community Mental Health section containing books on mental health at participating branches 
  • Information about citywide mental health resources and services


 A Curious Mind, Little & Lion, Hunger, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Check out the Spaces to Thrive Book List.


The following branches participate in Spaces to Thrive:


Crisis Services/Mental Health: Mobile Crisis Teams
You can request help from a Mobile Crisis Team if you are concerned about a family member, friend or acquaintance who is experiencing, or at risk of, a psychological crisis. You can also request a team for yourself. To request a team, call NYC Well at 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355).

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Provides round-the-clock free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255 or 1-800-779-4889 (Deaf or hard of hearing). Para servicio en español, llame al 1-888-628-9454.

NYC Well  
NYC Well is a 24/7 confidential helpline for all mental health and substance misuse services in New York City. Call 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355), text “WELL” to 65173, or chat online. NYC Well is here to listen and help with problems like stress, depression, anxiety, or drug and alcohol use. For you or someone that you care for. Trained counselors are available to provide support with interpreters available for 200+ languages.

Logo for The Mayor's Office of Community Mental Health     Learn more about the Mayor's Office of Community Mental Health.  



Connect with #SpacestoThrive on social media

Be sure to follow NYPL on TwitterInstagram, or Facebook to learn about #SpacestoThrive upcoming events.