- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

New York City is offering counseling and support services for municipal workers who feel overwhelmed following Donald Trump’s White House victory.

“Many New Yorkers may be feeling distressed or vulnerable following the election results,” reads a Dec. 1 email from the city’s government to employees, The Weekly Standard reported. “We have seen the concerns expressed on social media and we are monitoring them closely.”

The half-dozen agencies involved include the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Department of Education.

The email titled, “Feeling stressed? Resources for City employees,” also contained links to several resources, including literature on “coping with stressful events” and “tips for self-care,” The Weekly Standard reported.

President-elect Trump lost every borough in New York City except for Staten Island, earning just 10 percent of the vote in Manhattan, where he lives and works.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to work to protect New Yorkers from potentially harmful polices proposed by Mr. Trump, the New York Post reported.

Asked about the Dec. 1 email, City Hall press secretary Eric Phillips said it was the administration’s effort to reach out to government workers during this “difficult time.”

“The post-election period has been anxiety-producing for many people, understandably,” he told the New York Post. “When you throw the holidays into that, it can be a very difficult time for those coping with mental health challenges.”


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