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Stamford's Community Conversation Signup Deadline Approaching

File photo of a previous Community Conversation installment
File photo of a previous Community Conversation installment
Coming off the one-year anniversary of the tragic Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Community Conversations on Mental Health will launch in Stamford this January to "engage the public to work towards healthy minds and healthy communities."

The Southwest Regional Mental Health Board (SRMHB) has teamed up with the National Alliance for Metal Illness to present the next installment of Community Conversations as part of a national initiative designed to provide the opportunity to talk about mental health and develop recommendations for local solutions that will build healthy minds and communities. 

A grant from the Fairfield County Community Conversations will be presented to local stakeholders for action. In Stamford, the conversations have been scheduled for the following Tuesdays in January, all to be hosted at the Tully Center in Stamford: 
  • January 14
  • January 21
  • January 28
The conversations, which are held in small groups of 6 to 12 attendees over a light supper, begin at 7 p.m. and run through 9 p.m. A trained facilitator guides the discussion so al participants can air their beliefs, participate in identifying challenges, and work toward locally actionable solutions. Any resident of Fairfield County can attend a session and, depending on the number of signups, special interest groups may be designated, such as families with special needs or language-based groups.

Up to 25-percent of people experience some form of mental illness in their lives—whether it be anxiety, depression, or another disorder—and mental illness starting on average at age 14, virtually everyone knows someone who is struggling with this issue.

Those interested in attending are invited to sign up by Friday, January 3, 2013 at www.HealthyMindsCT.org or by calling the SRMHB at 203.840.1187.

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