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Gilda's Club Westchester Launches Free Bilingual Breast Cancer Hotline

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Gilda’s Club Westchester recently launched a free bilingual (English and Spanish) support hotline for women with breast cancer.

Through the hotline, women with breast cancer will be able to receive a distress screening and up to six sessions of short-term phone counseling from a Gilda’s Club licensed mental health professional — all free of charge.

Short term one-on-one counseling provides women with breast cancer the opportunity to discuss their current areas of difficulty in relation to their cancer diagnosis with the goal of decreasing emotional distress.

For example, many women have trouble communicating their fears and anxieties to loved ones, in addition to concerns about work, body image and intimacy. During the 50-minute phone sessions, a licensed mental health professional will also work with individuals to identify strategies for coping and next steps in their psychosocial treatment.

“We are thrilled to offer this free bilingual breast cancer support hotline,” says Melissa Lang, chief executive officer of Gilda’s Club Westchester. “By removing barriers to care, such as transportation, child care and language constraints, it allows us to provide critical support to women living with breast cancer in under-served areas of Westchester and put them in touch with a range of long-term resources in our community.”

Women with breast cancer can call 914-997-6006 to speak with a bilingual (English/Spanish) licensed mental health professional and access short term individual counseling and resources over the phone.

Funding for this hotline was provided through a contract with the New York State Department of Health and the Breast Cancer Alliance.

For free bilingual breast cancer support call 914-997-6006.

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