Senator Brooks Advocates for Mental Health after Approving Funding for Long Island Crisis Center

Established in 1971, the LICC provides free, 24-hour, confidential counseling to Long Island residents of all ages who need mental health support.


Sen. John Brooks (SD-8) was proud to present the Long Island Crisis Center (LICC) with a $10,000 grant to support its community education programs throughout Long Island. The LICC Building Healthy Lives Through Education program offers workshops, both virtual and in schools, that cover a variety of topics addressing emerging mental health and emotional issues that threaten young people today and also presents solutions to challenging behavior for classroom teachers in school settings.


Established in 1971, the LICC provides free, 24-hour, confidential counseling to Long Island residents of all ages who need mental health support. Led by Executive Director Theresa Buhse and Deputy Director Katie Stoll, the organization offers an extensive 6-month training program for prospective counselors, which is recognized as the national standard for crisis intervention centers.


Currently staffed with 63 full-time employees servicing six hotlines, the counselors provide immediate crisis counseling and suicide prevention, and provide callers with resource recommendations for continued support as they navigate such a critical time in their lives. In addition to support through its hotlines, LICC also offers a variety of other services including a suicide education program, confidential online counseling through ChatLive Long Island (www.chatlive.li), confidential HIV education through The H-line and its Pride for Youth (PFY) program providing advice and support to LGBTQ youth and young adults.


Senator Brooks said: “Access to quality mental health services is critical and should be available to everyone in this country. As we have seen in the impact of the recent Covid-19 lockdowns – along with the all-too-familiar bouts of burnout that are the order of the day, or the emotional toll we are taking from national and global crises such as gun violence or the war in Ukraine suffer – Seeking psychological help has become even more important in the course of our daily lives. Because of this, I am so grateful for the work that the Long Island Crisis Center is doing and thrilled that I was able to provide them well-deserved funds to continue the important work they are doing for our Long Island community. As her comforting nickname aptly encourages us all, ‘It’s okay to ask for help’.”


If you or someone you know needs assistance, please contact LICC on one of the following hotlines (24 hours a day/7 days a week):


  • Middle-earth Hotline (516) 679-1111

  • Nassau County Behavioral Health Hotline (516) 227-8255

  • City of Hempstead Senior Helpline (516) 679-0000 Children of Hope

  • Helpline (877) 796-4673

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK

  • Long Island Rail Road Suicide Prevention (877) 582-5586

  • Huntington Hotline (631) 549-8700

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