A big thank you to our Orient Association for providing tremendous leadership to our community with updated information and resources listed on our website, a model for other civics, and so valuable to us all, helping us stay safe in our homes from East Marion to Orient Village to Orient Point.
A volunteer team has formed to provide more local, neighborhood level resources. We are asking all our neighbors to pitch in and help where they can, while staying safely at home. A list of ways to volunteer is being created, and you will hear more about this in our next email.
If you are in severe emotional distress or dealing with suicidal thoughts, you are not alone. Contact the emergency services (by dialing 911) or go to the emergency room at Eastern Long Island Hospital (ELIH) which has a psychiatric unit, or use the emergency services listed below.
Anyone experiencing great emotional distress can call the Response Center for Suicide Prevention and Crisis Counseling at 631 751 7500. The hotline operates 24 hours a day seven days a week. The website is:
Please visit the website for information about crisis counseling (available in English and Spanish.)People can also visit the ER at East Long Island Hospital (ELIH), which has a psychiatric unit.
For non-emergencies, Lisa DeLuca has offered her services. Lisa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a practice in Southold. She can be reached via email at Lisa@LisaCDeLuca.com or via phone at 631-903-4177. She will endeavor to respond to any requests within 24 hours. Lisa is not an emergency service.
Many therapists are providing services remotely. New patients, however, may require an in-person visit depending on their insurance provider. Lisa is offering to give guidance to people seeking help.
Other mental health resources include:
Crisis Text Line:
New York State has partnered with Crisis Text Line, an anonymous texting service available 24/7. Starting a conversation is easy. Text GOT5 to 741741.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
If your life or someone else’s is in imminent danger, please call 911. If you are in crisis and need immediate help, please call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 24/7
If you or someone else is in a relationship is being controlled by another individual through verbal, physical, or sexual abuse, or other tactics, please call: 1-800-942-6906
These (above) numbers are from the New York state Office of Mental Health https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/bootstrap/crisis.html
Alcoholics Anonymous on the North Fork has set up a series of ZOOM meetings so members can get together online. The information is available here: North Fork AA
Participants can join by audio only if they prefer; participants can use a pseudonym or just use their first name if they choose.
Other sources for telephone and online help are:
AA Hotline in Suffolk County – 24 hours – 631-669-1124
Suffolk County AA Intergroup: 631-654-1150
There is also a national site for online meetings.
Please note that Alcoholics Anonymous is an anonymous fellowship. The only requirement for membership – or to attend a meeting – is a desire to stop drinking. Please respect the anonymity of anyone you meet online. Don’t give their name or contact information to anyone else without their permission.