In recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Week, Oct. 7–13, 2018, community partners, working in tandem with by Suffolk County Health Department’s Division of Community Mental Hygiene, are presenting a series of workshops throughout this month. Below is a listing of events compiled by the Association for Mental Health and Wellness.


Upcoming Events
Mental Health 101 – Tuesday, October 2, 10:00 a.m.
Presented by the Comsewogue Public Library
Learn the signs and symptoms of mental illness.
Location: Comsewogue Public Library, Community Room, 170, Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
Contact: 631-928-1212

Impacted by Suicide – Thursday, October 4, 5:30 p.m.
Presented by the Riverhead Free Library and Family Service League
Robyn Berger-Gaston will discuss Family Service League’s Joe’s Project, a program that responds to schools, organizations, and families impacted by suicide. Ms. Berger-Gaston will review myths and facts about suicide, risk factors, and how to help those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
Location: Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St., Riverhead, NY 11901
Contact: Laura La Sita, Senior Services Coordinator, 631-727-3228 Ext. 119, laura.lasita@riverheadlibrary.org

“22 Every 22” Challenge
Monday, October 8, 11 a.m. and Wednesday, October 10, 11 a.m.
Presented by the Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer Support Project: www.dwyerproject.org
Participants will do 22 push-ups every 22 minutes in honor of veterans who fall to suicide every day. The event will include sharing of personal stories, resource tables and an explanation of the concept of a buddy check; it will serve to dispel misconceptions of talking about suicide, and remove the stigma about asking for help.
Location: Suffolk County Community College, Ammerman Campus, 533 College Road, Veterans Plaza, Selden NY 11784
Wednesday, October 10, 11 a.m.
Location: Suffolk County Community College, Grant Campus, Captree Commons, Brentwood, NY 11717
Contact: Marcelle Leis, Program Director, 631-853-8345, mleis@mhaw.org

CRAZY: A Documentary Feature Film – Monday, October 8, 6 p.m.
Presented by Recovery Center East of the Association for Mental Health and Wellness in collaboration with the Riverhead Free Library, Crazy is a film that will prompt viewers to think deeply about society’s 'forced treatment' of people diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, and whether it violates their fundamental rights as citizens.
Location: Riverhead Free Library, Stage Room, 330 Court St., Riverhead, NY 11901
Contact and RSVP: Robbie Lettieri, Outreach and Training Peer Specialist, 631-471-7242 ext. 1323, rlettieri@mhaw.org.

Illuminating the H. Lee Dennison Building -- Tuesday, October 9, 5 p.m.
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week, County Executive Steve Bellone has arranged for the H. Lee Dennison Building to be illuminated in green, the official color of mental health.
Location: 100 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Hauppauge, NY 11788

Suicide Prevention Basics: What to Say and Where to Turn, Tuesday, October 9, 3:30 p.m.
Presented by the Association for Mental Health and Wellness and the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Long Island (SPCLI), the event will highlight what's happening in suicide prevention, intervention and post-intervention. Hear from the co-chairs of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Long Island about new trends in the field, as well as training and educational opportunities on the horizon.
To participate on Facebook, go to: https://www.facebook.com/MHAWSuffolk.
Location: Association for Mental Health and Wellness, 2040 Ocean Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Contact: Meryl Cassidy, 631 751-7620, mcassidy@responsehotline.org

Run to Recover – Tuesday, October 9, 6 p.m.
49 Main Street, Sayville, NY 11782
Presented in collaboration with Sayville Running Company
The event will feature a two-mile walk or a three-mile run intended to raise awareness about the benefits of exercise and mental health! There will be vendors, giveaways, and refreshments!
Location: Sayville Running Company, 49 Main Street, Sayville, NY 11782
Contact: Melissa Callis, 631-369-0022 x1140 for information.
No pre-registration required.

"Don't Call Me Nuts" Talk by a Peer Specialist – Tuesday, October 9, 7 p.m.
Presented by the East End Mental Health Awareness Initiative of East Hampton & Southampton Towns
Tory Masters will speak about her journey from despair to health, that mental illness is highly treatable, and that with the right therapeutic, holistic, and peer support, a meaningful recovery is achievable.
Location: St. Ann's Parish House, 2463 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Contact: Ellen Tollefsen, Committee Chair, 631-728-3082

Opioid, Substance Use, and Aging – Wed., October 10, 1 p.m.
Presented by Families in Support of Treatment, Thrive Recovery Center, Kenneth Peterson
Representatives from Families in Support of Treatment, Thrive Recovery Center, Kenneth Peterson Center, Long Island Center for Recovery, and the Association for Mental Health and Wellness will discuss the increasing use of opioids and other substances on the aging and its impact on individuals, families, and communities. Help is available for all.
Location: Thrive Recovery Center, 1324 Motor Parkway, Suite 102, Hauppauge, NY 11749
Contact: Kathy Garneau, LCSW, RN, 471-7242 x 1332, kgarneau@mhaw.org

The Effects of Social Media on Children and Adolescents Wednesday. October 10, 1 p.m.
Lecture and discussion hosted by Mercy Haven, Inc. and presented by Northwell Health
Living in an age with so many advances in technology and media has presented a myriad of opportunities that were previously unheard of. The information will be presented by a Child and Adolescent Outpatient Program Supervisor.
Location: Mercy Haven, Inc., 104 Second Avenue, Brentwood, NY 11717
Contact: Ciara Jensen, Director of Development, 631-277-8300, cjensen@mercyhaven.com

Long Island Kick-Off for Mental Health Education in New York Schools Act
Thursday, October 11, 8:30 a.m.
Co-Presented by the Patchogue-Medford School District, the Association for Mental Health and Wellness, the event will feature an informative panel discussion on the new Mental Health Education on Schools Act. New York is one of only two states in the nation to now require that mental health be a part of schools' health curricula.
Location: Saxton Middle School, 121 Saxton Street, Patchogue, NY 11772

Recovery in Action: Moving Forward – Friday, October 12, 8:30 a.m.
Suffolk Community College, Grant Campus, Sagtikos Theatre
Presented by Pilgrim Psychiatric Center: www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/facilities/pgpc
Two nationally acclaimed speakers speak on how they are Raising the Recovery Bar in their personal and professional life. The audience will be invited to respond with feedback, experiences, and ideas.
Location: Suffolk County Community College, Grant Campus, Sagtikos Theatre, 1001 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, NY 11717
Contact: Kelly Lane, 631-761-2296, kelly.lane@omh.ny.gov
This conference is free of charge.

Depression Out of the Shadows - a Documentary – Friday, October 12, 7 p.m.
235 Herrick Road, Southampton, NY
Presented by the East End Mental Health Awareness Initiative of East Hampton & Southampton Towns
Depression Out of the Shadows is a PBS documentary that is combination of personal stories, professional insights and scientific research and discovery. The goal is to reduce stigma through education and empathy.
Location: Parrish Memorial Hall, 235 Herrick Road, Southampton, NY 11968
Contact: Ellen Tollefsen, Committee Chair, 631-728-3082, eltoll@optonline.net

Wellness Day Focusing on Mind, Body, and Spirit – Saturday, October 13, 2:30 p.m.
Presented by St. Francis Community of Faith for All People, "A Sanctuary for Spirituality"
This Wellness Day is focused on Mind, Body, and Spirit health. Each of us needs to learn or re-learn ways to cope with stress. The event features techniques to enhance your wellness spiritually, mentally, and physically.
Location: Old Presbyterian Church of Sweet Hollow, 95 Old Country Road, Melville, NY 11747
Contact: Pastor Kenneth Corbin, (631) 416-4308, kcorb421@gmail.com

Health and Wellness Fair -- Saturday, October 20, 2018, 11 a.m.
Presented by the Town of Brookhaven and JVC Broadcasting,
1 Independence Hill, Farmingville, NY 11738
Location: Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville, NY 11738
Contact: 631-451-9100