James Plastiras Director of Public Information New York State Office of Mental Health 518-474-6540 james.plastiras@omh.ny.gov

May 04, 2021

New York State Recognizes Long Island School District for its Impact on Student Mental Wellness

Great Neck North High School Honored for Weaving Mental Health into the Fabric of its Learning Environment

Albany, NY - New York State is honoring the Great Neck North High School with the 2021 ‘What’s Great in our State’ School/School District Award.

Across New York State, education systems have increasingly recognized the importance of supporting wellness and addressing the mental health needs of their students. Great Neck North High School is being recognized for its partnership with students, families, teachers, school administrators and other professionals to create safe, healthy and supportive learning environments. It prioritizes wellness in the school culture and organizes an annual Mental Health & Wellness Week with presentations, student workshops, and mindfulness activities.

“Great Neck North High School shows us ‘What’s Great in Our State’ by creating an environment that ensures students can achieve success academically, socially, and emotionally,” said New York State Office of Mental Health Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan. “Having a safe, stigma-free environment where children can address behavioral health struggles and promote mindfulness has a profound impact on their educational experience. We thank Great Neck North High School and all our honorees for their hard work and commitment to children’s mental health.”

Great Neck North High School was presented with the award at the annual ‘What’s Great in our State 2021’ event on May 4th held virtually via Zoom. The celebration recognizes the individuals and programs that are successfully advancing the cause of children’s mental health in New York State.

“The counseling team of Great Neck North High School, in Great Neck, New York is pleased to be recognized for our efforts to provide support services and resources to our students, parents, and community,” said Dan Holtzman, Principal of Great Neck North High School. “Our team is giving students the tools and skills needed to help them lead socially and emotionally healthy lives.”


What’s Great in Our State’

The ‘What’s Great in Our State’ event was first launched in 2010 and is typically held during Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, a national movement that raises awareness about the importance of children’s mental health. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was reorganized as a virtual celebration.

The event is sponsored by six New York State agencies and several children’s mental health advocacy organizations: The Office of Mental Health, the Council on Children and Families, the Department of Health, the State Education Department, the Office of Children and Family Services and the Office of Addiction Services and Supports, Early Care & Learning Council, Families Together in New York State, Inc., Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc., National Alliance on Mental Illness - New York State, New York State Network for Youth Success, Prevent Child Abuse New York, Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc., and the Suicide Prevention Center of New York.


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