By responding to emerging needs in the community, Long Island Crisis Center works towards it mission of “supporting and empowering Long Islanders at critical times in their lives”:
•Addressing Suicide Among Veterans
It is being reported that 22 veterans a day die by suicide. The Long Island Veterans Initiative is a newly-formed clearinghouse for both mental health and general living services for veterans. As one of its partners, the Crisis Center is the Initiative’s 24/7 resource for veterans who are in crisis and need to speak to someone immediately.
•Overcoming “Later Life Issues”
While senior citizens (65+) constitute 12.5% of the country’s population, they account for 14.5% of all suicides in the country. Introduced this year, under the auspices of Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, the Crisis Center debuted a workshop at senior citizen centers that focuses on areas that are unique to this age group. Medical issues, grieving the loss of a love one, isolation, depression are just a few of the topics as well as coping methods and the availability of the Crisis Center's 24/7 hotline.