The Mattituck- Cutchogue District Mental Health staff would like to make families aware of the following supports and programs, as well as community-based mental health resources available for children who are in crisis. The following list of resources can be used to support students and families during this challenging time.
64 Old Riverhead Road
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Group Practice in Westhampton Beach offering a variety of mental health services
Riverhead, NY 11901
Phone: (631) 838-7183 or (631) 257-7968
Group Practice in Riverhead - Offering a variety of mental health services
(631) 952-3333 more information
While everyone can suffer at times with feelings of sadness, low-energy, adjustment or disappointment, some individuals can have prolonged feelings of sadness, hopelessness or despair. This could be a sign of depression. Other signs can include, apathy, disinterest in anything and numbness. It can also affect appetite, sleep, motivation, concentration and social interactions. Depression is highly treatable and mental health counseling can provide relief of symptoms and can teach tools for coping with stress and managing emotions.
Anxiety can be a normal part of life. Everyone can experience worry associated with an overwhelming challenge or fear such as a big exam. It can take on many forms such as nervousness, jitteriness, shallow breathing and increased heart rate. Prolonged symptoms can include difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, increased stress eating, inability to concentrate and social isolation.
In small amounts, mild anxiety can be motivating, alerting our minds that we have tasks to take care of. Overwhelming anxiety can become problematic when it interferes with a person’s ability to carry out daily tasks, pursue goals or connect with other people.
Anxiety disorders can take on many forms. Sometimes people develop obsessive thinking, compulsive behaviors, phobias or panicky thoughts or feelings. Mental Health counseling that focuses on managing thoughts, learning stress management tools and learning mind and body relaxation techniques can be very effective in helping individuals suffering from anxiety
Self-injury happens when an individual intentionally tries to inflict harm to his/her/their bodies through a variety of different means. The behavior is intended to cope with overwhelming and painful emotional feelings but does not involve suicidal intent. The behaviors can include cutting, scratching, burning, pulling out hair and self-bruising. Self-injury is a maladaptive response to a variety of difficult emotions. It can be used to cope with numbness and sadness, to cope with overwhelming emotions and emotional pressure, to protect others from one’s emotional pain, to feel in control over one’s mind and body and to communicate needs.
While NSSI is not considered to involve suicidal intent, it is a sign that an individual is coping with symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. With professional treatment that focuses on increasing coping skills, individuals can learn healthier ways to deal with these symptoms.
Something to look out for when concerned that a person may be suicidal is a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors. This is of sharpest concern if the new or changed behavior is related to a painful event, loss, or change. These behavior changes or warning signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. Below is a list of warning signs and strategies if you have concerns that someone may be suicidal:
If you are concerned that someone you care for may be having suicidal feelings it is important to reach out and have an honest conversation with them:
(Please Note: The Mattituck- Cutchogue Union Free School District does not authorize or recommend any of the therapists or programs listed below. This list is meant to serve as a resource guide for any family who may be in need.)
Adolescent Partial Hospitalization John T. Mather Hospital (631) 473-3877 - Designed to stabilize acute psychiatric symptoms. This program serves as an alternative to inpatient hospitalization or serves to decrease the length of stay needed in an inpatient facility. Adolescents participating in this form of treatment will receive educational services during treatment hours. The Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program provides Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, and Psycho-education / Topic Groups designed to improve the adolescent’s coping skills, interpersonal skills and increase their ability to manage their acute symptoms. The Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program hours are Monday-Friday from 12:30 – 7:30 p.m.
South Shore Psychological Care, P.C.
2233 Nesconset Highway
Lake Grove, NY 11755-1000
Virtual Sessions available: (631) 786-8050 or SRosato2015@gmail.com