Current Happenings on Long Island

World Suicide Prevention Day - 9/10/20

In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day our Coalition is sponsoring a free film viewing. On September 10 at Noon we will show the film "Scattering CJ" Click here for more information

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Long Island Crisis Center Walk 9/26/20

Long Island Crisis Center's 12th annual "Let’s Walk, Let’s Talk . . . Stepping Together to Prevent Suicide Walk" is going virtual due to the impact of COVID-19.  Instead of gathering on the Long Beach Boardwalk, we will be hosting a livestream event!  All you have to do is register to attend, and then tune in with us online on September 26 from 11:00 am – 12 noon. We promise that our Virtual Walk will be just as exciting and inspirational as our previous walks!

Visit: Longislandcrisiscenter.org/thewalk for more information and to register for this event.

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Lindenhurst nonprofit gets $1.5M federal grant to aid anti-drug efforts in Babylon Town

By Keldy Ortiz  NEWSDAY SUFFOLK   Updated September 3, 2020

From left, bottom: Valerie St. Bernard, of the Deer Park Drug Prevention Coalition, Sharon Fattoruso,of Copiague Community Cares; and Lori Novello, of Lindy Cares, on Wednesday. The youth board of directors of Lindy Cares: Alyssa Rose, 16; Patrick Lopez, 17; and Angelina Mavros, 16, are in the back row. Credit: Newsday / Steve Pfost

 A Lindenhurst-based nonprofit is creating a support network with community coalitions aimed at drug and alcohol education and prevention for Babylon Town residents.

The Lindenhurst Community Cares Coalition, known as Lindy Cares, will implement the Town of Babylon Cares Collaborative Project — Babylon Cares — to help stop substance abuse among youths and adults.

Lori Novello, executive director for Lindy Cares, said students and local officials participated in a video shot Monday to discuss substance abuse, using the Babylon train station as a backdrop. She said the video would be streaming online in a month in conjunction with the launch of an interactive website that provides resources for health and social services.

This grant seeks to connect our communities, which is why we have the Long Island Rail Road theme because were all connected in some ways,” Novello said. Were connected by our railroad and were connected by the people and caring.”

The video will be part of a campaign for the Babylon Cares project, which started after Lindy Cares received a $1.5 million Partnership for Success grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Nikola Segoloni, project director for the grant, said the initiative will be funded at $300,000 over the next five years in hopes of finding a sustainable partnership afterward within the town.

Novello said the video will be a launchpad for Babylon Cares, as she will collaborate with other town coalitions such as the Deer Park Drug Prevention Coalition and Copiague Community Cares, all of which provide addiction prevention resources.