Current Happenings on Long Island

Workshop for Suicide Loss Survivors - April 27, from 7-9 pm.

This event is free and open to the public. 

As a survivor of suicide loss, have you ever wanted to talk to a leader in the field of suicide bereavement? This is your chance to hear from Jack Jordan, a nationally recognized expert in suicide bereavement research and clinical practice. This workshop will draw on the presenter’s years of experience as a grief counselor specializing in work with suicide loss survivors to describe the remarkable pathways of healing that survivors can travel. 

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World Suicide Prevention Day - 9/10/20

In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day our Coalition sponsored a viewing of the film "Scattering CJ" Click here for more information


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.