News – On The Front Line

Reading Ruben Navarrette Jr.'s essay, "The boundaries of immigrant identity" [Opinion, Aug. 17], brings to mind the emotional impact, on young people, of the never-ending stream of events with racial and ethnic overtones -- for example, war, terrorism, bias crimes and racially charged jury trials. One can only hope, as a new school year approaches, that along with a focus on standardized testing, educators find time to encourage discussion about ethnic...

Robin Williams’ suicide has become a prelude to a brief and intense opening in our collective consciousness about the torment of depression and addiction. As this moment in time dissipates, and it will, please know that these are the issues that North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center addresses each and every day, year-round. The number of emergency calls to the Guidance Center, many involving depression, addiction and suicidal intent...

NEWSDAY - July 21, 2014 by ANDREW MALEKOFF New York State has launched a three-year plan it says will transform the public mental health system. It intends to shift emphasis from costly long-term inpatient treatment to a community-based network of "regional centers of excellence." The fact is that only children from families with Medicaid insurance fit into the plan, which hardly suggests excellence. Here are the facts: 75 percent of serious mental...

May 21, 2014 was declared a Day of Special Recognition through the Town of North Hempstead for North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center. [caption id="attachment_16139" align="aligncenter" width="651"] Regina Barros, Victoria Domingo, Nellie Taylor-Walthrust, Bruce Kaufstein, Town of North Hempstead Councilman Peter Zuckerman, Andrew Malekoff[/caption]...

For three decades New York State has been systematically marginalizing middle class and working poor families who have children with serious mental health problems. This is a truth that the public is unaware of unless you have a child who is refusing to go to school, cutting herself, paralyzed by anxiety, deeply depressed or suicidal. Because mental illness is stigmatized, the reality of the State’s neglect has been obscured from...

Newsday Article Link Since the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, society has been discussing mental health, specifically eradicating stigma and ensuring ready access to quality community-based care ["Newtown's mental health needs," News, March 17]. Seventy-five percent of serious mental illness occurs before the age of 24, and half before the age of 14. Yet, only one out of five children who has an emotional disturbance receives treatment from a mental-health...

Newsday Article Link Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made a grave error by vetoing Assembly Bill 7667-B, which would have directed state officials to develop a maternal-depression screening and referral plan, and to provide maternal-depression education. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that postpartum depression affects up to 20 percent of mothers within the first year after giving birth. The rate of depression for mothers living in poverty is close to...