News – On The Front Line

by Andrew Malekoff. Featured in Blank Slate Media, June 25, 2018 There are a few great films that have lingered in my consciousness; images are seared in, memorable lines are indelible and feelings evoked are still close to the surface. “The White Ribbon: (2010) is one such film that has left a lasting residue. It depicts the residents of a northern German village, dominated by a baron, sometime before World War I. Inhabitants of...

[In her column on her battle with depression], Daysi Calavia-Robertson’s statement speaks volumes: “Remember, no matter what anybody might say, this is not a weakness.” Indeed, we need to treat mental illness the same as we treat a physical illness. After the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a news release that, “Depression does not discriminate.” But health insurers often discriminate when it comes...

Dear Gov. Cuomo, This week, in the aftermath of the deaths by suicide of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain you issued a press release about new funding to address the rising rate of suicide. You stated: “Two high-profile suicides this week put mental illness front and center, but while those names were the ones in the press, every day there are thousands of New Yorkers who struggle with suicidal thoughts, and we...

The ladies deciding what raffles to bid on! On Tuesday, May 15th, the Welcoming Club of Garden City hosted their Spring Soirée at the Garden City Hotel, with all proceeds going to benefit North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, the premiere not-for-profit children’s mental health agency on Long Island. The event featured fabulous boutique shopping, getting-to-know-you games, a Garden City trivia contest, great raffle prizes and a delicious buffet. “Tuesday was a...

In a report issued by Nassau County’s Department of Health—Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan (2016-18)—there is no mention of maternal mortality or information on social and environmental risk factors for women and infants of color. Consequently, no initiatives to address maternal and infant mortality disparities are recommended, yet overall Nassau County health data indicates that it ranks at the top of all counties in New York State. To...

On Tuesday, May 15, the Welcoming Club of Garden City hosted their Spring Soirée at the Garden City Hotel, with all proceeds going to benefit North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, the premiere not-for-profit children’s mental health agency on Long Island. The event featured fabulous boutique shopping, getting-to-know-you games, a Garden City trivia contest, great raffle prizes and a delicious buffet. “Tuesday was a fun and fabulous night that allowed the...

Despite feeling blindsided, many of us now know that we are living in the midst of an unprecedented drug epidemic. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, since 1999, the rate of overdose deaths including prescription pain relievers, heroin and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, nearly quadrupled. In the intervening years, many steps have been taken to help save lives. These include improving prescribing practices and expanding access...

On Thursday, May 17, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center will be hosting a free community forum on the dangers of e-cigarettes, vaping and other substances such as new concentrated forms of marijuana. The forum will be held at the Guidance Center’s Leeds Place location, at 999 Brush Hollow Road in Westbury. “Marketers are selling teens and even younger kids on the idea that vaping...