Northport: Recently, at the Northport Public Library, Legislator Stephanie Bontempi (R-18th L.D.) collaborated with Legislator Manuel Esteban (R-16th L.D.) and Legislator Robert Trotta (R-13th L.D.) to facilitate a timely discussion on addiction, mental health and today’s youth. One of the objectives of the event, entitled “Breaking the Stigma,” was to encourage more frequent and honest dialogues on the topics in both public and private circles.
“The issues of addiction and mental health are too important to ignore or tiptoe around,” said Bontempi. “These serious issues warrant our full attention, and part of the process leading to that is recognizing that they are simply part of the human condition. We need to address our issues, not be ashamed of them.”
The night’s presenters included John Venza and Gordon Gooding who spoke respectively about concerns surrounding addiction and the stressors associated with everyday life. The presentations made it clear that there are no shortage of challenges out there, but there are also many treatment options and preventative tools.
“If you are a parent or caregiver of children, staying up-to-date on the growing body of knowledge and resources in this arena is so important,” added Bontempi.
For those interested in exploring resources regarding addiction and mental health, visit: https://www.scnylegislature.us/171/Stephanie-Bontempi and click on “Behavioral Health Directory.”