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Why NYC’s First Lady Wants to Change How We Talk About Mental Health

Chirlane ​McCray wants to train New Yorkers in what’s called “mental-health first aid.”​ Chirlane McCray is one of those public figures whose life stories seem almost designed to fascinate us. She is a poet, a social-justice advocate, a founding member of the iconic black feminist group the Combahee River Collective, and once identified as a radical lesbian, writing fearlessly about homosexuality in Essence magazine at a time when many mainstream publications, black and white, erased LGBTQ people of color. She is also a wife and mother and, currently, first lady of New York City while her husband, Bill de Blasio, is in office as mayor. I wondered how someone who has clearly taken her own pat

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