News Flash

DO 18 - Leg. Spencer - PR

Posted on: September 26, 2018

Letter to Editor Talking about Suicide


September 18, 2018

Dear Editor:

It was an honor to attend and speak at the Roaming Hearts Foundation’s inaugural “March for Miles” event on Saturday, September 15th at Heckscher Park. The foundation was formed to promote mental health and prevent suicide. A sincere thanks to Danielle Peltz for her dedication and leadership in organizing the event, and to all those who participated in making it a remarkable day in memory and honor of the beloved Huntington resident, Miles Kelly, who tragically passed last year due to suicide.

As September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, I encourage residents to learn more about this stigmatized issue. Taking the lives of over 40,000 people each year in the United States, ranking as the 10th leading cause of death in the country with rates that have increased by 30% in half of all US states since 2000; suicide has become a public health crisis. Often misinterpreted as a moral issue, suicide and suicide attempts should be understood as a medical condition, much like that of diabetes or heart disease, deserving of a comprehensive treatment approach.

Roaming Hearts Foundation is working to safeguard against this crisis by lifting the stigma associated with mental health conditions that often lead to suicide attempts and suicide and by raising awareness of existing resources. Creating non-judgmental environments that foster supportive connections within our homes, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods will empower those silently suffering to reach out for help. By reducing the stigma and offering services, we increase the hope for healing. That is a goal worth fighting for.

For more information about their inspiring mission, please check out


Dr. William R. Spencer

Suffolk County Legislator

William R. Spencer

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in DO 18 - Leg. Spencer - PR

Legislative Seal

Community Conversations Continue

Posted on: August 6, 2021
Legislative Seal

Helping Those in Need

Posted on: August 6, 2021
Suffolk County Legislature Seal

Back to School Resources During COVID-19

Posted on: September 16, 2020
Alize and Doc

Supplies for our Students Drive

Posted on: August 9, 2018
Community Blood Drive flyer

Community Blood Drive

Posted on: July 6, 2018

Senior of the Year

Posted on: May 29, 2018
Doc Powdered caffeine

County Gets Boost From FDA in Ban

Posted on: April 23, 2018
Lori and Doc

Honoring a Leader in Public Health

Posted on: March 21, 2018

IKEA Donates 5,000 Reusable Bags

Posted on: March 9, 2018
ikea bag


Posted on: March 5, 2018
seal grey (2)

Press Release Archives

Posted on: May 31, 2017