From Hardship to Hope

From Hardship to Hope

The New York State Psychiatric Institute and Baltic Street AEH, Inc. are conducting a study to pilot From Hardship to Hope, a remote peer-led financial wellness program for people aged 18-64 in NYC having financial difficulties and recent thoughts of ending their life, and are currently seeing or willing to start seeing a mental health provider. This program has the goal of helping people improve their financial situation and feel more hopeful about their future.

From Hardship to Hope is currently inviting individuals to participate in a pilot to start in Summer 2022.  Please see below for more information about this study.

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Are you having financial difficulties?

Do you sometimes feel like giving up? Would you like to get support?

WHO: Individuals experiencing financial difficulties and who have had recent thoughts of ending their life are invited to participate in a research study to pilot a new financial wellness program.

WHY: Baltic Street AEH, Inc. and New York State Psychiatric Institute have developed From Hardship to Hope, a peer support program to help people connect to financial wellness supports and feel more hopeful about their future. Our team is conducting a research study to test whether this program is helpful to people having financial difficulties and thoughts of ending their life.

WHAT: From Hardship to Hope will offer 12 group sessions, four one-on-one peer coaching sessions, and ongoing support over several months to:

  • Develop a Financial Wellness Plan
  • Access financial wellness supports to manage debts, build credit and savings, receive tax credits, and meet your basic needs (e.g., housing, food)
  • Connect with a free, certified financial counselor who can offer professional advice about your personal situation
  • Help you achieve a concrete financial goal, such as reducing debt pressures, saving for an emergency, getting tax credits you are eligible for, and improving your credit score
  • Build hope about your financial future
  • Create a support network to help you achieve your financial goals

All group sessions will be conducted remotely, via HIPAA-compliant Zoom. You will have the option to attend individual coaching sessions via HIPAA-compliant Zoom, telephone, or in-person. You will be asked to complete six surveys at different points during the program via HIPAA-compliant Zoom or telephone.

The total possible compensation for participating in all six surveys is $205.00. Compensation will be provided via PayPal, Venmo or Cash App.

HOW: If you are interested in participating in this program please register here:, or click the “Register Now” button below. A staff member will contact you to provide more information and discuss if this program might be a good fit for you.

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Contact Information

If you have any questions about this research study, please email us at:

Download the Flyer Here

To download a copy of the flyer, please click here: From Hardship to Hope Flyer 

To see an alphabetical list of all the projects being conducted at our Center, please click here: Research projects at the CECC.