It is the dog days of summer, and my only solution to keeping cool sans air conditioner is to drink plenty of good old New York City tap water on the rocks. Can’t get enough of that funky stuff. Of course a trip to the beach, you know the one, Jones Beach, is always a delight. By the time of this article appears, I will have made it there once. Once is better than never.

While sitting back, relaxing, trying to keep cool and contemplating the meaning of life, a problem greater than terrorism has come across my mind. Mental and behavioral health, a condition that has possibly affected us all to some degree, continues to grow in epic proportions. A major concern, resources both financial and professional have been unable to keep pace with the dire need for services. All around the world, people under the severe pressures of everyday living snap mentally to the detriment of themselves and those around them. Because every effect has a cause, the role our technologically advanced society and culture plays in affecting those unable to keep the beat can’t be overlooked or understated.

As all of my New York City readers know, the pace of life is fast. The vibration is at fever pitch. You have to eat right, sleep right, think right and have your total being in sync to operate on a daily basis. Tough-skinned, softhearted, dutifully present, you have to be ready to roll. Keeping pace can be difficult, stressful or require extra thought to relax, and it can be exceedingly burdensome for those who are not as revved up to easily adapt. Hence, a mental breakdown. Although we all break down at some point, it is our options for recovery that make the difference. For some it’s a vacation, a workout at the gym, a walk in the park, dining out with friends, a good book, a favorite TV show. For others, there are possibly no options or, alternatively, they are unable to take advantage of the options available.

Mental illness that becomes uncontrollable, resulting in assault and deadly violence, is now akin to terrorist attacks. The problems and concerns affect us all. While you are sitting poolside, sipping on a piña colada, rum punch or a cold one, I encourage you to think about how can you help to promote mental health awareness, support organizations or just do your individual thing to help ease the pain.

The Boys’ Club of New York, which we all know is committed to nurturing, mentoring and guiding boys and young men to prepare them to reach their fullest potential, held its 14th annual Golf Outing and first Pro-Am to raise money for BCNY’s vital youth programming and services. The event, held at the historic Meadow Brook Club in Jericho, N.Y., raised more money than ever before.

It’s never too hot for a summer cocktail, and more than 200 guests were there to testify at the ArtWorks’ Summer Cocktail Celebration at The Bowery Hotel to support ArtWorks, The Naomi Cohain Foundation, raising more than $100,000.  Featured at the event was an ArtWorks’ silent auction. Displayed were 50 items that featured artwork created by several ArtWorks teaching artists, generously donated gifts from supporters of the ArtWorks mission and artwork created by ArtWorks young artists. Among the guests was Rechelle Porter from Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian. All proceeds from the event directly support ArtWorks’ creative and performing art programs for children in the hospital facing chronic and life-limiting illnesses. For more information, please visit: https://artworksfoundation.org.

If you are traveling to San Francisco, and even if you’re not, it may interest you to know that the San Francisco’s de Young Museum is presenting its 33rd annual exhibition, “Bouquets to Art,” to benefit the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. On display are more than 100 local floral designers, who have created innovative arrangements inspired by the de Young’s architecture and its diverse collection of paintings, objects and sculptures. The theme for the opening night gala was “Le Beau Jardin” (French for “the beautiful garden”). Adding to the ambiance were models who strolled among guests in ensembles created entirely from fresh flowers, designed by students from City College of San Francisco. On hand at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco event to stop and smell the roses were FAMSF board VP and former television anchor, Belva Davis, with her husband, William Moore. They were spotted viewing the de Young Museum’s “Summer of Love” exhibition. This collection celebrates the 50th anniversary of the “happenings of 1967,” when tens of thousands of young people were drawn to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, then considered to be the epicenter of the counter-culture movement. This exhibit is on view through August, so you still have time to book your tickets and go.

Summertime is the right time for outdoor dining, and the strip has never been busier. A stroll along Lenox Avenue reveals there is something to satisfy everyone’s palate. Just be sure to allow plenty of time because you will more than likely have to wait for a table, and service can be slow. No worries, though, as it is just chalked up to having a delightful evening out. Ponty Bistro serves a tasty, delicious menu with comfortable outdoor seating and a live D.J. on the weekends who plays easy listening music, even if it is fast. What makes the outdoor seating nice is that the arrangements are just high enough so that you can peer over the top to look out but discourages anyone from peering in. Lenox Saphire is definitely an in spot with a taste of the exotic (on the menu that is). We dined there with friends Vernon Manley who is off to Nice, France for three weeks and attorney Regina Darby, who is very excited about the recent engagement of her daughter Z-A-May (spelled as it is pronounced), and her move to London, England. The wedding is set for 2018 and will take place in Haiti, where guests are invited to spend part of the four-day extravaganza building a house in one of the local Haitian communities, as part of the Build-A-House project. So altruistic!

Until next week … kisses.