News – On The Front Line

Suzanne Martin, Youth Employment Specialist at the Guidance Center (left), with National Grid’s Sarah Kahrs and Paula Gendreau. North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center and National Grid held the second event in their new partnership as two National Grid employees generously donated their time and expertise to coach students in the Mock Interview Day at Nassau B.O.C.E.S. High School in Wantagh. At this special annual event, more than 150 interviews were...

In New York’s Nassau County, a broad portrait of healthy suburbia masks disparities that lie at the local level. GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – On the surface, Nassau County is a wealthy and thriving suburban enclave in New York City's backyard. Home to 1.4 million people and one of two independent counties on Long Island, it's the picture of community well-being: The area is relatively safe, the unemployment rate is fairly low and most people have health...

Are you ready for a fun-filled day of shopping, delicious dining and your favorite games? Then mark your calendars for North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center’s eagerly anticipated annual spring luncheon. This year’s event will be held at the Glen Head Country Club on Wednesday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Clubhouse, which includes a beautiful ballroom, cozy living room area and spacious card room, is the perfect...

Every media outlet from Twitter and Facebook to CNN and the New York Times is abuzz with the latest scoop on the college admissions cheating scam. It’s not surprising that a scandal of this magnitude is big news, but when you add in the fact that well-known celebrities have participated and have even been arrested — well, it’s no wonder that the media and the public are less focused on possible...

A recent study issued by the Pew Research Center reports that a majority of teenagers (59 percent) have experienced some kind of cyberbullying. The most common forms of harassment cited are name-calling and rumor-spreading. Other examples of cyberbullying against teens are: receiving explicit messages they didn’t ask for; continuous asking about their whereabouts, what they are doing and who they are with by someone other than a parent; physical threats; and...

Assistant Principal Easton Hazell; Kathleen Wisnewski, National Grid customer and mommunity manager; Lauren McGowan, director of development at the guidance center; Juan Santiago, National Grid customer and community manager; Dena Papadopoulos, mental health counselor at the guidance center; and Suzanne Martin, youth employment specialist at the guidance center. (Photo courtesy of North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center) On Feb. 12, North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center and National Grid...

Although my daily routine does not include reading Australian news, a social media headline from the Jan. 26, Sidney Morning Herald caught my eye: “Kids are Dying: Calls for Headspace to Publish Waiting Lists.” Headspace is the name for 110 centers located across Australia that employ mental health and other health professionals to address the health and emotional well-being of young people from ages 12 to 25. Visits to Headspace, which is...

Although my daily routine does not include reading Australian news, a social media headline from the Jan. 26, Sidney Morning Herald caught my eye: “Kids are Dying: Calls for Headspace to Publish Waiting Lists.” Headspace is the name for 110 centers located across Australia that employ mental health and other health professionals to address the health and emotional well-being of young people from ages 12 to 25. Visits to Headspace, which is...

I’ve been working in the field of children’s mental health for more than 45 years, most of them with the North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, the leading children’s mental health agency on Long Island, where we turn no one away for inability to pay. During the early months of each year, we conduct an informal study in an attempt to understand who is calling us for help and what...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent state budget included no funding to increase the paltry salaries of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who are on the frontlines working with individuals living with developmental disabilities and mental illness. A DSP’s job is to assist individuals in developing daily living skills that will advance their ability to live independently and become better integrated into their communities or in the least-restrictive environment possible. In order to get an...