Posts Tagged ‘Mental Health’

Friday, June 3, 2022

DEC mourns Forest Ranger Captain Christopher Kostoss

Christopher Kostoss

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is mourning the loss of Forest Ranger Captain Christopher Kostoss, who local authorities determined died by suicide on Tuesday. Captain Kostoss, 49, was a 23-year veteran of DEC’s Division of Forest Protection, most recently responsible for overseeing Rangers on patrol in the Adirondack High Peaks.

Captain Kostoss was passionate about protecting public safety and deeply committed to the cause of conservation. He was also a tireless advocate for mental health awareness, particularly among his fellow rangers. His death is a painful reminder of the critical need to promote wellness and destigmatize issues surrounding mental health that prevent individuals from seeking treatment.

If you or someone you know is in need of mental health assistance, please know help is available. The New York State Office of Mental Health has resources on its website (https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/bootstrap/crisis.html) or you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

The collective heartfelt thoughts of DEC’s close-knit family are with Captain Kostoss’ mother, two daughters, immediate family members and all who loved him. My sincere gratitude to members of the New York State Police and the Lake Placid Police Department for their strong support and professionalism throughout this tragedy.

DEC Forest Ranger Captain Christopher Kostoss. Photo provided by Cayte Bosler


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Mental Health Awareness events planned in Malone, Saranac Lake

mental healthSubmissions sought for Community Art Showcase

SARANAC LAKE – North Country Community College is partnering with the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition to host a pair of Mental Health Awareness events for the community – one in Malone, one in Saranac Lake – and is seeking submissions of art to showcase at each event.

Each Mental Health Awareness community event will feature mental health information and resources, food, music, art and fun activities for kids. Speakers from the community will also share their stories. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Malone event will take place Monday, May 2 from 2 to 6 p.m. at North Country’s Malone Campus, located at 75 William St.  The Saranac Lake Mental Health Awareness event is set for Wednesday, May 4 from 2 to 6 p.m. on the college’s Saranac Lake campus, 23 Santanoni Ave.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Trooper Kills Arietta Man During Mental Health Check

state police logoNYS Police say that at approximately 8:48 pm on Tuesday, December 10th, they were dispatched from the Mayfield barracks to a single-family residence on Old Piseco Road in Arietta for a person experiencing mental health issues.

Trooper Ryan Mousaw, who responded, reported that he began interviewing the resident, 55-year-old Daniel E. Condon, who was exhibiting signs of instability. Trooper Mousaw said that when he tried to transport him to the hospital for evaluation, Condon began to struggle with him. » Continue Reading.


Monday, September 9, 2019

Joe Mahay, An Adirondack Park Activist, 1946-2019

Longtime grassroots Adirondack Park environmental activist Joe Mahay died in early August at home with his family.  Joe and his wife Naomi Tannen had been living in Florence, Massachusetts, where for the past year and a half Joe had dealt with metastatic cancer and chemotherapy.

Joe was one of the founders of the Residents’ Committee to Protect the Adirondacks and twice served as its Chair, tactfully leading the organization through its formative years and a raucous debate over the future of the Adirondack Park in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Joe had a long career as an administrator at a non-profit agency working with people with developmental disabilities in Essex County and poured his volunteer time for many years into the protection of the Forest Preserve and Adirondack Park.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sarah Bennett’s Babies: Years of Sickness

Local authorities, including the Humane Society, considered taking action to alleviate conditions in  John and Sarah Bennett’s home at Hope in Hamilton County.

Some believed the Bennett’s three sons were being held captive by their mother, perhaps under a kind of spell.  After checking in on the three Bennett brothers,  Dr. George Peters of Gloversville rendered this assessment:

“I have examined George, Ward, and Frank Bennett of Hope, New York, and it is my opinion that if the three young men were taken from their home, or even if they were left at home and placed under the tutorship of a competent person — not necessarily a physician, but a person possessing the ability to develop the confidence which the average man possesses in himself — all three would in a few months time be able to perform labor which any man of ordinary intelligence daily performs.” » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Grants for Mental Illness Stigma Reduction Projects

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) has announced the availability of up to $75,000 in grant funding for projects that help reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness.

This funding represents the revenues received through a voluntary tax check-off program launched in 2016. This program allows taxpayers to contribute easily to the ‘Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Fund’ when filing their NYS taxes.

The Office of Mental Health will provide 15 grants of up to $5,000 each to support year-long stigma-reduction projects. Agencies must have at least one year of experience serving individuals with mental illness in order to qualify. » Continue Reading.



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