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First Lady Chirlane McCray this week held the first convening of Cities Thrive, a new national mental health coalition committed to driving mental health reform on a local and national level across the United States.

Elected officials, public health advocates and mental health professionals from across the country came together for Cities Thrive, a convening focused on building the first national cities-based movement for mental health reform. The conference brought together Democrats and Republicans, showing that even in a time of polarization, mental health reform remains an issue with bipartisan support.

Over the course of two days, Cities Thrive worked to develop a national dialogue around adopting a public health approach to mental health and substance misuse, shared best practices for driving local change and began the push for federal partners to make mental health and substance misuse a top priority across party lines. Cities Thrive builds and expands upon the key principles for action underlying NYC’s groundbreaking mental health plan, ThriveNYC.