Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, in conjunction with the Long Island Crisis Center, today launched a new 24 hour a day, seven day a week Mental Health Substance Abuse Helpline, (516) 227-TALK. The launch of this new Mental Health Substance Abuse Helpline coincides with National Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31, 2014) and will better serve residents who struggle with mental illness and substance use disorders.
County Executive Mangano stated, “Nassau County’s new Mental Health Substance Abuse Helpline assists residents with accessing community resources and provides referrals. The helpline is a simple way for callers to discuss their problems, pose questions, and receive guidance on how to deal with challenges related to mental health and substance concerns.”
All calls are confidential. Calls are answered weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. by behavioral health professionals at the Nassau County’s Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities Services. During all other hours, calls are answered by the Long Island Crisis Center.
Linda Leonard, Executive Director of Long Island Crisis Center, added, “We are very excited to be working with County Executive Mangano on this important initiative to provide continuous 24/7 availability to those with mental health or substance use concerns.”