East End Mental Health Awareness Initiative

Annually the Towns of Southampton and East Hampton
collaborated to bring residents the East End Mental Health Awareness Day. After 14 years however this year the group decided to change it up. Rather than offer only one day they have organized several FREE events that will be presented across the area.


Mental Health Treatment: Then, Now and Going Forward.

Wednesday, April 26, 7 pm,
Southampton Town Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Ave, Hampton Bays.
Lucy Winer, a former Kings Park patient who created the documentary, Kings Park: Stories From an American Institution, will reference her film as she candidly discusses the experiences of patients and staff in this Long Island psychiatric hospital. Katherine Tollefsen, Program Coordinator for the Recovery Center, Inc., a peer support association, will share her successful experiences and current treatment and recovery options. Kristie Golden, PhD, Associate Director of Operations for the Neurosciences Service Line at Stony Brook’s Dept. of Psychiatry will explain the developing models of care that integrate mental health services into primary care settings - Integrated Behavioral Health Services. There will be time for questions and discussion.

From Ship to Shape, a monologue on mental health with Walker Vreeland.

Saturday, May 6, 3 pm
Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton.
Through this autobiographical monologue, Walker Vreeland, a former cruise ship singer and most recently an east end radio personality, will chronicle his battle with mental illness that began when he was 24 years old. Though it’s a serious subject, Vreeland’s perspective finds laughter between the lines. 


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