In 2010, NY1 did a news story about the closure of St. Vincent’s hospital and interviewed MilestonesNYC’s founder and board member, Scott Shapiro, M.D. With the shut down, about 3,500 people scrambled to find new jobs but MilestonesNYC tried to make the transition easier by providing free counseling services.
During the interview, Dr. Shapiro said that there were certain red flags to look out for:
“There may be a change in sleep pattern, may be a change in mood, change of interest in life activities, engaging with the family, increased irritability, hopelessness,” says Shapiro. “Any of these would be a red flag that the person should seek out help either with a primary care physician or a mental health facility.”