Town of Niskayuna to Host Two Community Conversations on Behavioral Health & Announces Additional Resource Available to Niskayuna Families

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At the request of many residents, the Town of Niskayuna will host two additional programs on behavioral health with nationally recognized organizations.  The Town is also helping Niskayuna families access care.  

Wednesday, April 7, 7:00 pm

Talk Saves Lives - National Foundation for Suicide Prevention 

This virtual presentation will be sharing material related to identifying teen depression as well as tips for supporting mental health self-care for people of all ages.

At the request of residents, this session will be real-time closed captioned for language access.  

To register for this session:

Saturday, April 10, 10:00 am

Supports for a Caring Community - Presented by Northern Rivers Family Services  

Northern Rivers Director of Training Jillian Gecewicz, LCSW will lead a virtual caring conversation for community members concerned about the behavioral health challenges facing us all during the trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic.  


At the request of residents, accommodations are being made for the deaf and hard of hearing to participate in this session.  


To register and receive Zoom link:

Additional Resource Available to Niskayuna Families 

Thursday evening’s community conversation with Samaritan Counseling’s licensed clinical social worker and Niskayuna parent Kelly Anderson and her colleague Dan O’Brien, LCSW touched on a variety of challenges facing families - especially the lack of access to behavioral health care.  

To help those Niskayuna families who may be facing specific challenges at this time, Kelly and Dan are offering assistance Fridays starting on April 16.
If a family wants to set up an appointment for behavioral health care, they can simply send an email to: Please note you are a Niskayuna family in the subject line.  

Future Programming

At the request of residents, the Town is exploring additional programming including: 
Mental Health First Aid 
Youth Mental Health First Aid 
Teen-led Behavioral Health Conversation

About the Town Behavioral Health Community Conversation Series

In consultation with the New York State Office of Mental Health and at the direction of the licensed mental health practitioners of Samaritan Counseling Center and Northern Rivers Family Services (which has a contract with Schenectady County to offer assistance with behavioral health crisis situations encountered by Niskayuna first responders), the Town has arranged a series of free behavioral health programs as requested by residents.  The programs are a follow up to the pandemic-related behavioral health Facebook Live sessions hosted last spring and are intended to serve as an additional free resource.  

Feeling stressed by the COVID-19 pandemic? You are not alone. Call the NY Project Hope Emotional Support Helpline 7 days a week, 8am-10pm at 1-844-863-9314 or visit

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255 or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741