In The Media

Having a baby can be the happiest time in a woman’s life. But for many, new motherhood can also bring risk of an increase in existing depression or the occurrence of new depression. In a recent report on maternal depression and economic mobility released by the Brookings Institution, author Richard V. Reeves states that “about 10 to 20 percent of mothers will be depressed at some time during their lives, and...

Are you planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your kids by giving them a card, a gift, or maybe some chocolate hearts? It’s all good! But what’s more important than showing your love for your children on Valentine’s Day is expressing it throughout the year, in small ways that really make a big difference in their lives. We asked our staff members for some of the ways they make their own kids...

By Andrew Malekoff Why do people choose to support certain causes, while others look away? Sometimes it’s personal. A family member dies in hospice where their dignity was preserved in their final days. Other times it’s not as close to home. A television spot features a child with a cleft palette, a shivering dog or a malnourished baby. Certain causes seem easier to sell. For example, the school you attended or a research center...

Do you think childhood trauma is a relatively rare occurrence? Here are just a few statistics to change that perception: More than a quarter (26%) of children in the United States will witness or experience a traumatic event before they turn four. 60% of adults report experiencing abuse or other difficult family circumstances during childhood. In one year, 39% of children between the ages of 12 and 17 reported witnessing violence;...

Most parents have experienced a day here or there where their child or teen says they’re not going to go to school. They might complain of not feeling well or express anxiety over a test or be upset at a fight they had with a friend. When those types of events are relatively rare, they are nothing for a parent to worry about. But when refusing to go to school becomes...

EDITORIAL - Long Island Herald, published in 23 newspapers across Nassau County   State must do right by mental health patients By Scott Brinton, Editor, Long Island Herald January 24, 2019 Society has long looked down on mental health patients, according to Andrew Malekoff, executive director of the Roslyn Heights-based North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center. So it has been all too easy for insurance companies to treat them as second-class citizens, often paying...

With all the bad news and divisiveness permeating our culture today, it can be a struggle to see the good in the world. The good news: We can teach our kids—and even ourselves—ways that they can contribute to making the planet a better place. There are many opportunities to lend a hand by volunteering. Helping others isn’t a purely selfless act—though it does certainly make a big difference in the lives of...

By Andrew Malekoff One hazy mid-August afternoon many years ago, I was cooling off in the ocean off my hometown, Long Beach. Another swimmer grabbed my attention by pointing toward the jetty, the rock formation that helps to protect the shoreline from erosion. When I turned I spotted three children drifting toward the rocks. I swam to them. When I arrived, there were three little girls with their arms wrapped around one another....

In today’s environment, when divisions of all sorts seem to be increasing in our culture, it’s more important than ever to be conscious of raising children who learn about racism and who are committed to equality for all. “We need to encourage discussions about race and racism not as taboo, but as a normal part of growing up,” says Andrew Malekoff, Executive Director at North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center....

By Andrew Malekoff Thanks to a strong advocacy push by a broad array of consumer and provider representatives of behavioral health services, the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Report Act was enacted into law by Governor Cuomo on Dec. 21, 2018, as Chapter 455 of the Laws of 2018. The historic new law is a huge victory for North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center and the broader mental health and...