Edition:
International
Pictures | Tue Apr 6, 2021 | 8:17pm EDT

Portraits of New York City's mental health workers

Amina Woods, program director for a foster care agency and a psychotherapist for a private practice, works at her home in New York City, March 3, 2021. The 38-year-old is a social worker, psychotherapist and single mother, and says more attention should be given to the pandemic's toll on people's mental health. "People are not well during this time. People are exhausted. People are feeling overworked. People are overworked," she said.

REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods

Amina Woods, program director for a foster care agency and a psychotherapist for a private practice, works at her home in New York City, March 3, 2021. The 38-year-old is a social worker, psychotherapist and single mother, and says more attention...more

Amina Woods, program director for a foster care agency and a psychotherapist for a private practice, works at her home in New York City, March 3, 2021. The 38-year-old is a social worker, psychotherapist and single mother, and says more attention should be given to the pandemic's toll on people's mental health. "People are not well during this time. People are exhausted. People are feeling overworked. People are overworked," she said. REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods
Close
1 / 8
Amina Woods said many of her patients suffer from depression, anxiety and PTSD, among them nurses and other medical professionals seeking help after a year of witnessing the effects of COVID-19, including an overwhelming number of deaths. "I think it goes overlooked the impact that COVID has taken on caregivers, whether it's doctors, nurses, therapists," she said. Woods is also feeling the stress and anxiety caused by COVID-19 lockdowns and social restrictions. Reaching out to others for support and deep breaths help, she said, and "crying also helps." Roller skating has given her consistent moments of joy, she said. "In this little bitty apartment, I started just cruising around or if I take my garbage out to the incinerator, I'd ride my roller skates to the garbage chute, things like that ... It makes me feel like a kid again."

 REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods

Amina Woods said many of her patients suffer from depression, anxiety and PTSD, among them nurses and other medical professionals seeking help after a year of witnessing the effects of COVID-19, including an overwhelming number of deaths. "I think it...more

Amina Woods said many of her patients suffer from depression, anxiety and PTSD, among them nurses and other medical professionals seeking help after a year of witnessing the effects of COVID-19, including an overwhelming number of deaths. "I think it goes overlooked the impact that COVID has taken on caregivers, whether it's doctors, nurses, therapists," she said. Woods is also feeling the stress and anxiety caused by COVID-19 lockdowns and social restrictions. Reaching out to others for support and deep breaths help, she said, and "crying also helps." Roller skating has given her consistent moments of joy, she said. "In this little bitty apartment, I started just cruising around or if I take my garbage out to the incinerator, I'd ride my roller skates to the garbage chute, things like that ... It makes me feel like a kid again."  REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods
Close
2 / 8
Jason Quinnerly, program coordinator for an adult day program facility that serves men and women with developmental disabilities in Brooklyn, poses for a portrait in Brooklyn, New York City, March 5, 2021.  REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods

Jason Quinnerly, program coordinator for an adult day program facility that serves men and women with developmental disabilities in Brooklyn, poses for a portrait in Brooklyn, New York City, March 5, 2021.  REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods

Jason Quinnerly, program coordinator for an adult day program facility that serves men and women with developmental disabilities in Brooklyn, poses for a portrait in Brooklyn, New York City, March 5, 2021.  REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods
Close
3 / 8
Sade Fansanya, program director of a men’s shelter, poses for a portrait in Brooklyn, New York City, February 1, 2021. REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods

Sade Fansanya, program director of a men’s shelter, poses for a portrait in Brooklyn, New York City, February 1, 2021. REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods

Sade Fansanya, program director of a men’s shelter, poses for a portrait in Brooklyn, New York City, February 1, 2021. REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods
Close
4 / 8
Fedia Louis, a psychiatric ER social worker, poses for a portrait in Brooklyn, New York City, March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods

Fedia Louis, a psychiatric ER social worker, poses for a portrait in Brooklyn, New York City, March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods

Fedia Louis, a psychiatric ER social worker, poses for a portrait in Brooklyn, New York City, March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods
Close
5 / 8
Xavier Bedward, a social worker who works at a youth centre, poses for a portrait in New York, March 7, 2021. REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods

Xavier Bedward, a social worker who works at a youth centre, poses for a portrait in New York, March 7, 2021. REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods

Xavier Bedward, a social worker who works at a youth centre, poses for a portrait in New York, March 7, 2021. REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods
Close
6 / 8
Social worker Mina Davis-Harrison poses for a portrait in the Bronx, New York City, January 31, 2021. REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods

Social worker Mina Davis-Harrison poses for a portrait in the Bronx, New York City, January 31, 2021. REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods

Social worker Mina Davis-Harrison poses for a portrait in the Bronx, New York City, January 31, 2021. REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods
Close
7 / 8
Fanny Tristan, a psychotherapist with her own private practice, poses for a portrait in New York, March 7, 2021. REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods

Fanny Tristan, a psychotherapist with her own private practice, poses for a portrait in New York, March 7, 2021. REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods

Fanny Tristan, a psychotherapist with her own private practice, poses for a portrait in New York, March 7, 2021. REUTERS/Zakiyyah Woods
Close
8 / 8

Next Slideshows

Nightlife returns to New York City after COVID quiet

Broadway shows, jazz bands and comedy clubs resume performances after prolonged coronavirus closures.

Apr 06 2021

Putin's art of the photo op

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has carefully cultivated a macho image for years with a series of photo ops including taking a dip in icy waters, riding...

Mar 29 2021

Spring in blossom around the world

Cherry, peach and almond trees bloom in springtime around the world.

Mar 23 2021

Celebrating the Persian New Year

Followers of the Persian calendar celebrate Newroz, marking the arrival of spring and the new year.

Mar 22 2021

MORE IN PICTURES

Hong Kong marks security 'education day' with military march and toy guns for kids

Hong Kong marks security 'education day' with military march and toy guns for kids

Hong Kong's National Security Education Day, organized to promote the sweeping legislation China imposed last year, was marked with school activities, games and shows, and a parade by police and other services.

Photos of the week

Photos of the week

Our top photos from the past week.

Indian hospitals overwhelmed by COVID surge as beds, oxygen fall short

Indian hospitals overwhelmed by COVID surge as beds, oxygen fall short

Many Indian hospitals are scrambling for beds and oxygen as COVID-19 infections surge to new daily records.

Fourth night of protests in Minnesota following death of Daunte Wright

Fourth night of protests in Minnesota following death of Daunte Wright

Protests following the death of a young Black motorist killed during a traffic stop carried into the fourth night in Brooklyn Center.

On the line of separation in eastern Ukraine

On the line of separation in eastern Ukraine

Russian forces have been building up close to Ukraine's eastern border, in a conflict Kyiv says has killed 14,000 people since 2014.

The holy month of Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan

Muslims the world over join their families to break the fast at sunset and go to mosques to pray. But the pandemic has disrupted observances for the second year, with curbs on large gatherings for prayers and public iftars.

Notable deaths in 2021

Notable deaths in 2021

Newsmakers and celebrities who have died this year.

Protests erupt after Black man shot dead by police in Minnesota

Protests erupt after Black man shot dead by police in Minnesota

Civil unrest gripped Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, after the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop.

Slain police officer lies in honor at Capitol Rotunda

Slain police officer lies in honor at Capitol Rotunda

President Joe Biden and lawmakers paid tribute to U.S. Capitol Police officer William Evans, who was killed when a motorist rammed a car into two officers and brandished a knife earlier this month.

Trending Collections

Pictures

Podcast