During this public health crisis, the Association for Mental Health and Wellness (MHAW) has been designated as an “essential service.”
Since the Coronavirus began to invade our lives and restrict our lifestyles, many of us have struggled with the onslaught of frightening messages and the negative effects of social isolation.
Many community members have communicated their need for increased support and guidance.

 During this public emergency period, we will be offering our Long Island Peer Networking Meeting Bi-weekly online and by phone

hosted by:
Emily Vaianella, Outreach and Training Peer Specialist,
and Ralph Matalone, Peer Support Line Peer Specialist.

“This Hour the Music will Heal and Empower”
"This workshop today will be facilitated by Ralph Matalone, New York Certified Peer Specialist, currently working at the Peer Support Line for MHAW. He will be discussing his life long journey in an abusive and isolated world and how music became his saving grace, his survival, his strength and a true gift he acquired from childhood to the present moment.
For what Ralph lost he gained something that is priceless and wants to share it with the world. A very deep soul that spent almost all of his life with his ears and his heart in front of a radio and a record player absorbing song after song in his heart and his head as if he were a human book of music and he is. Ralph is an extremely nostalgic human being who gained a very deep knowledge and understanding of music and all things nostalgia. His deepest love is Rock N Roll and Classic Rock.
Join with us and connect about a song! Music saved his life and now he only looks forward to sharing his knowledge and connecting with all of you."
Ralph Matalone
"Hello. My name is Ralph. I am a very deep, very sensitive, extremely old school and very nostalgic human being. I could sit here and say I’ve had a life time of lived experience but tragically it all has been highly toxic and negative experiences that led to a world of isolation, trauma and hindered emotional growth. I never had the childhood that the kid up the road did, or what might have been termed as normal childhood development. I was an adopted child highly different from the family and the world I was surrounded by. Inside of me is still a child waiting to resolve and put closure on all I missed. I was the shy sensitive kid that was bullied in school so bad that words cant correct the psychological damage that has been done. The worse part was not what I went through in school. There were two roads that led me to the pain I suffered everyday. The one that led to the outside world and the one that led to the front door of my home where I lived with a family, that had absolutely no idea who I was while I was judged and harshly misunderstood by those that did not know me."
The meeting will be held:
Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
from 3:30-5:00 pm.
Please R.S.V.P by replying to Emily Vaianella
& share with those who may be interested .

Join us on our Zoom platform by clicking the link below at the time of the meeting.
If you do not have zoom capabilities, you can join us by dialing in on your phone for audio only.

Call in number:
    +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 805 602 794
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ab49ZfkmGG
See flyer below & email me with any suggestions for topics or if you are interested in presenting at future meetings.
We hope to see you there!