The SIMHS will be the beneficiary of funds raised at a Bowl-A-Thon sponsored and underwritten by an Eltingville family in memory of their son Scott Jacobi, who took his own life three years ago as a result of suffering from severe depression. The theme of the fundraiser, which supports the value of essential mental health […]

Thrift Shop Volunteers Feted at Luncheon

More than 25 volunteers who staff and manage the Society’s two Thrift Shops were recognized at our annual Thrift Shop Volunteers Honor Luncheon on May 24 at Piccolino Restaurant. Society President Fern Zagor presented volunteers who have been on the job for 15 or more years with gift cards and plants, to convey our thanks […]

Varsity Club Scholarship Winner Overcame Bullying

The Varsity Club of Staten Island presented its 2017 Joe Coty Jr. Memorial Scholarship to 18-year-old Khadim Beye, a senior at Tottenville High School who receives clinical therapeutic services at the SIMHS’ Chait Mental Health Center. Khadim was honored at the Varsity Club’s Athletic Awards Dinner on June 6. Khadim, who is challenged with an […]

Our School Reading Volunteers Honored at Luncheon

More than 100 of the Society’s School Reading Volunteers were recognized for their dedication to children and their hard work as tutors at our gala Honor Luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn on June 7. School principals and local community leaders joined SIMHS administrators and staff in paying tribute to the volunteers. Last year, our […]

Women’s Guild Luncheon Spun A Carousel of Delights

In support of children and families with special needs, our Women‘s Guild 45th annual Spring Luncheon spun out a “carousel” of delights for more than 100 guests at the Staaten. During the May 9th fundraiser, the Guild presented its 2017 Dorothy M. Kammer Service Award to Richmond County Savings Bank (RCSB), a division of New […]


Registration for our Staten Island Children’s Theatre Association’s Summer Workshop has begun. The intensive whirlwind 10-day workshops for children ages 5 to 18 run from July 3 to July 14 (no classes July 4), culminating in a musical production of “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.“ on July 14. The classes for the younger group of children, 5 […]

SIMHS Reading Volunteers Are NY 1’s Staten Islanders of the Week!

Our hard-working, dedicated corps of School Reading Volunteers who work at PS 48 were honored as Staten Islanders of the Week by New York 1 News in February. Reporters and videographers interviewed volunteers as they tutored young children at the school. Even the kids got into the act, relating how the volunteers have helped them […]

2017 Membership Drive, Join the 120 Club!

Staten Island Mental Health Society 2017 Membership Drive Since its inception in 1895, the Staten Island Mental Health Society, a tax exempt 501 (c) 3 organization, has depended on its membership to carry out its motto: “We’re here when you need us.”  Our members and their support are what allow us to serve Staten Island’s […] Director Receives ‘Woman of Distinction’ Award

Robin Sklarin, Director of the Society’s Program, received a Woman of Distinction Award from Second Chance International, at a ceremony at the Labetti Post on December 3. Ms. Sklarin was selected for her, “Enormous work with the program, her work with youth, the LGBT community, and success stories from her mentorship,” according to […]

Dr. Richard M. Silberstein Award Presented

    The SIMHS presented its 2016 Dr. Richard M. Silberstein Award to Matt Carter, Esq., an associate attorney in the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice of the international law firm O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, recognizing his extraordinary service to Staten Island children, especially those with special needs.      Andrea Smyth, Executive Director of the Albany-based […]

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