mental illness


Hamptons Happenings: 2015 Mental Health Awareness Day

12th Annual East End Mental Health Awareness Day
“Changing Times, Changing Minds”
Saturday, April 11, 2015
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Registration begins at 9:00 am
Southampton High School – 141 Narrow Lane, Southampton, NY
Mental illness in word collage


Guest Speakers

Kristie Golden, Ph. D
Associate Director of Operations, Neurosciences, at Stony Brook Medicine

Jeffrey Steigman, Psy. D
Chief Administrative Officer, Family Service League

The South Fork Behavioral Health Initiative
& Medicaid Redesign – Health Care Delivery System

Panel Discussion – Stories of Resilience
Richard Lawless Th. D.— Moderator
Morning Workshops:
A. The Peer Movement – the importance of peers in recovery
Tracy Puglisi, Association of Mental Health and Wellness and Elizabeth Breier, NYS Office of Mental Health

B. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Support, education, advocacy and leadership Ellen Tollefsen, NAMI member

C. Inspirational Triathlon Racing i-tri – Transporting Girls to the Finish Line, Theresa Roden, Executive Director

Afternoon Workshops:
D. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Concerns in Suffolk County
Kristie Golden, Ph. D. Associate Director of Operations, Neurosciences, at Stony Brook Medicine

E. Psychopharmacology – The Fears and the Facts:
Eric J. Bartky M.D.

F. Helping in a Crisis – Symptom appropriate treatment and care
Robyn Berger-Gaston LCSW-R, ACSW
Division Director of Family Service League.

Exhibitors – All day
Coffee, Lunch & Networking

This Free Event is Co-Sponsored by
Southampton Town and East Hampton Town and Bridgehampton National Bank
For more information call (631) 702-2445

Jeffrey Steigman, Psy. D
Chief Administrative Officer, Family Service League
Jeffrey Steigman, Psy. D
Chief Administrative Officer, Family Service League

If you, a family member, or a friend are living with the effects of a mental illness, or if you have an interest in learning more about mental health issues, you should attend the annual Mental Health Awareness Day.
Co-Sponsored by the Town of Southampton and East Hampton, this free day-long event includes a panel discussion, workshops, vendors, and the opportunity to network with consumers and professionals in the field. The conference should be attended by anyone on the East End concerned with mental health issues, including consumers, community members, and professionals.

Association for Mental Health and Wellness
Suffolk County Division of Community Mental Hygiene Services

Content provided by Southampton Town Government:

Hamptons Wellness: Managing Your Persistent Fears, Anxieties and Stress

Everybody deals with anxiety and depression, however some people have a difficult time in managing it. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their most persistent fears and every day anxieties.

When facing a current or upcoming task that overwhelms you with a lot of anxiety, the first thing you can do is to divide the task into a series of smaller steps. Completing these smaller tasks one at a time will make the stress more manageable and increases your chances of success.

Sometimes we get stressed out when everything happens all at once. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem.  A person could get some fresh air, listen to some music, or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things.

Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that makes you feel good. Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you in your pocket.  Whenever you feel depressed or frustrated, open up your small notebook and read those statements.   This will help to manage your negative thinking.Upset Crying Woman By The Ocean

Managing Your Persistent Fears, Anxieties and Stress

Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your depression and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current problem.  By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long run because they will become better able to deal with their problems in the future.  Remember that it never hurts to ask for help.