Repost from APA District Branch

New York County Psychiatric Society

A District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association

Puerto Rico Relief Efforts 

The New York County Psychiatric Society sends condolences to all those affected by the Las Vegas shooting as well as the recent hurricanes that have affected so many people throughout the southern states and the Caribbean. Our thoughts are with everyone involved in the healing and recovery efforts.

It seems that each day, new challenges to our own mental health and to that of our patients arise as tragedy after tragedy unfolds in the news. With these continued threats to our foundation and stability, it is imperative that we remain steadfast to the core values that brought us together as colleagues in psychiatry. We believe that our community can be of assistance to a greater psychiatric community outside of NYC.

To that end, NYCPS, and its Psychiatrists for Community Empowerment (P4CE) Committee, has been in communication with our colleagues in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Puerto Rico’s School of Medicine to see how we can help. The mental health of their patients is especially fragile right now, with suicides at an all-time high on the island following the recent natural disasters, and they are low on much-needed supplies. Right now, we believe the best way we can help meet the psychiatric needs of Puerto Rico is to be sure their basic needs are met first. They have provided us with a list of medications, first aid, and personal items needed for their communities. A letter from the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Puerto Rico may be viewed here.

Please join us in assisting our colleagues in their time of need and perhaps we can dispel some of our own sense of despair and helplessness with these efforts.

How to Help

To purchase first aid and personal items for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Puerto Rico, visit our Amazon Wish List here. When shipping select, “Dr. Jenny Schell’s Gift Registry Address”.

A list of requested medications may be viewed here. If you or your hospital pharmacy have medications to donate, please contact us at so we can arrange for transport to Puerto Rico.

NYCPS has arranged for physicians in Miami to transport all donations to Puerto Rico by private jet. To have your donation in our first shipment, please make your contributions by October 16th.

Future shipping dates and updates on our efforts will be posted here.

We will continue to update you as we plan additional advocacy and relief efforts.

For questions, please email

New York County Psychiatric Society • 1001 Avenue of the Americas, Floor 11, New York, New York 10018, United States212-685-9633