With one in four American families and one in eight children affected by mental illness every year – we are all affected by mental illness. Mental illness can strike anyone of us at any time. Serious mental illness, left untreated, can shatter lives and rock communities.
Mental Health Month was launched in 1949 by Mental Health America. Each May, individuals and organizations throughout our nation, raise awareness about mental illness, educate their communities and help to fight the stigma that prevents people from accessing the services and supports that promote recovery.
For this reason, on May 7th, 2014, Staten Island Borough President, James Oddo, will proclaim the month of May,
"Mental Health Month on Staten Island." The borough president office's director of Health and Wellness, Dr. Ginny Mantello, will be presenting the
proclamation to the National Alliance of Mental Illness-NYC Staten Island. The presentation will be held in the Regina M. McGinn MD Education Center at
Staten Island University Hospital's (SIUH) North Site at 475 Seaview Ave, at 6:30pm.
Immediately following, there will be a discussion of mental health issues by Russell Joffe MD, chairman of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at SIUH. Dr. Joffe's will presentation will focus on bipolar disorders; a condition that affects approximately 5.7 million American adults, according the National Institute of Mental Health.
For more information on this event, contact Michael McBrearty from the department of Behavioral Sciences at SIUH at 718-226-3807. This event will be open to the public, refreshments to be served following the program.