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2013 May is Mental Health Awareness Month Events
NAMI Fairfield Essay Contest
To Help Inspire Acceptance and
End the Stigma Associated with Mental Illness
2013 Theme “Through My Eyes”
Mental illness affects one in four people in this country, but many are uncomfortable talking about it due to stigma. The shame felt interferes with getting needed support, both for the individual impacted and their family member/s.
In response to this problem NAMI Fairfield is launching Stigma-Free CT. Starting on the local level we hope to open the dialogue about mental health care and the need for comprehensive and affordable services for all people who need them.
In recognition of May as Mental Health Awareness Month NAMI Fairfield is announcing its first essay contest. We hope that this will become an annual event, and that the community will take an active role and participate by submitting entries and attending the winners award celebration on June 5th.
The essay contest’s theme “Through My Eyes” encourages writers to share their individual feelings and experiences about how mental illness has affected them or touched their life. It offers an opportunity to raise understanding, nurture compassion, inspire change and end the stigma that often surrounds mental illness.
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NAMI Connecticut in partnership with The City of Bridgeport’s Veteran’s Support Center are offering:
NAMI Connection Mental Health Recovery Support Group
May 2, 2013
At the Office of Veteran Affairs
752 East Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06608
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
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Helping Veterans Recover
Bob Correll speaks about services available to veterans and their families to help educate and support those struggling with PTSD and other mental health issues. Complementing the work of the VA, initiatives include a consumer council and peer-led support groups.
A Marine veteran himself and past president of NAMI Connecticut, Bob Correll will be accompanied by two veterans involved in the Errera Center at the West Haven VA.
Ample time for questions and answers will follow the presentation.
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Tully Health Center, Conference Room B,
32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford, CT
The presentation is free and open to the public.
Hosted by Fairfield University Counseling Center & Psychological Services, Marworth, Mountainside Treatment Center and Sierra Tucson
Breakfast, networking and thoughtfully facilitated clinical discussion from 8:30-10:00am at the Alumni House at Fairfield University
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Psychological First Aid
Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidenced-based modular approach that can
be applied during and in the immediate aftermath of disasters to promote safety, calm, connectedness, hope and self-efficacy. It is the “acute intervention of choice” when responding to the psychosocial needs of children and adults, as well as first responders and other disaster relief workers. Attendees will learn how to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events, how to identify normal and abnormal stress reactions, and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning and coping. Special attention will be given to self-care of the person providing psychological First Aid.
Amanda Lehrer, LMSW
Amanda Lehrer, MSW, is a certified instructor on Mental Health First Aid and was a Training and Outreach Specialist for the Office of Disaster Mental Health Preparedness and Response. Amanda received her MSW from Case Western Reserve University and previously worked as a Regional Health Consultant Booz Allen Hamilton. In addition, she is a certified instructor in SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral Treatment). She currently works with professionals and families to find clinical treatment resources as Regional Outreach Specialist for Aspen Education Group and Sierra Tucson in Manhattan.
$10 per person with pre-registration by April 8th
(no refund after this date). Seating is limited to 50 participants for each session
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