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Panel To Look at Mental Health Needs on the East End

Community discussion will take place at Southampton Hospital on Oct. 8.

Panel To Look at Mental Health Needs on the East End

Southampton Hospital will host what it hopes will be a community conversation next month about mental health needs on the East End.

Sponsored with the East End Clinical Connection, panelists will address the issues of accessing mental health care. The panel is convening on Oct. 8 during National Mental Health Awareness Week, which is Oct. 6 to 12.

Richard Lawless, who offers pastoral counseling, will moderate the panel, which will include Michael Stoltz, a social worker who is the executive director of Clubhouse of Suffolk, Alexandra Feely, a social worker at The Retreat and the East Hampton Healthcare Center, Dr. Lois R. Favre, superintendent of the Bridgehampton School District, Virginia St. John, a social worker and director of East End DBT and a member of the East Hampton Disability Advisory Board, and Steven Chassman, a social worker and substance abuse counselor who is the clinical director LICADD and The Poets of Well Being.

"We are pleased to be cooperating with Southampton Hospital in marking this important occasion," Nancy Beckett-Lawless, co-chair of the East End Clinical Connection, said.

The East End Clinical Connection is an organization providing behavioral health treatment services to residents living on the East End.

The discussion will take place in Parrish Memorial Hall on Herrick Road at the corner of Lewis Street in Southampton on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. Space is limited, and registration in advance is recommended. Leave a message with Dolores Keller at the Seafield Center at (631) 569-7335 to reserve a seat.

What do you think of the mental health services available on the East End? Are they adequate or can more be done? Tell us in the comments below.

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