News and events:
November 21st is the Great American
Smoke-Out. What a perfect opportunity to quit smoking, or
encourage someone you love to go smoke-free, and take that step
to a healthier life! Good luck
Team (CIT) Conference:
This conference is held
annually in various locations around the world, and this year
was held here in Connecticut. It was attended by roughly 700
people states all around the USA and countries from around the
Congratulations to the
organizers for a job well done. And major congratulations to
our own board Chairman, Lt. Shaun McColgan,
for being chosen as (one of the two) CT
CIT Officer of the Year!
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Our very first MHFA class concluded today, and
according to the class evaluations, was a tremendous success.
The next class is in December,
on the 11th and 18th for the Area Agency on Aging. As of Nov.
20th there were still six spaces available.
What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour certification course given
over 2 days that helps individuals and communities better
understand mental health issues and respond accordingly to
others who may be experiencing distress.
One way of looking at it as that it covers
When - How"
for people in the community.
"What?" Understanding the most common mental health issues so
you will understand what you might be observing.
"When?" When is doing something appropriate?
"How?" And if doing something might be appropriate,
what can you do?
Who should take Mental Health First Aid training?
Primary care professionals;
School personnel, nurses and
police and corrections officers;
Nursing home staff;
Employers, human resources
professionals and business leaders;
volunteers, and the general public.
We would also encourage library staff to sign up.
Just about everyone!
If you are interested in
registering for an upcoming training, please call (203-757-9603) or email to
putting "MHFA" in the subject line.
Community conversation and
Legislative Forum sponsored by two of our Catchment Area
In Danbury, there was be a Community Conversation
with local Mayors and First Selectman invited. This will be on
October 24th, from 3:30-5 PM, in the Community
Classroom of the Danbury Police Department. As with all of the
Catchment Area Council meetings, all are welcome.
In Torrington, on October 15th, the Catchment Area
Council and Prime Time House will be co-hosting a Legislative
Forum, to which all area legislative representatives have
been invited. Location: Prime Time House dining room. Time: 4-5
Update on the W.O.W. - Working On Wellness
This DPH-funded project is moving along well!
News you can use:
Peer-support by phone is going very well.
If you live in the Region 5 area and are interested in this
support in living smoke-free, please give us a call at (203)
You can find smoking cessation programs at the following
Danbury: at CCBH. Contact Debbie Smith at (203) 791-5165.
Danbury, at New Heights: (contact
Torrington: at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH). Contact Joy Pendola at
or (860) 496-6380
Torrington: at Prime Time House. Groups for people connected
to the Clubhouse and thinking about quitting. Contact Lisa Lynch at (860) 618-2479 X 105.
Torrington: for individuals connected to the Western CT
Mental Health Network. Contact Michael Lonergan at (860)
Waterbury: At the Independence Center. Contact Claire at (203) 756-5772
Winsted: by CHH. Contact Joy Pendola at
or (860) 496-6380
Through these activities and collaboration
with our partner agencies we hope that each day more and more
people with mental
illness or substance use disorders will choose to - and be
helped to - live a life that is tobacco free and healthier -
Working On Wellness!
With a more robust infrastructure for these supports, those
resources will also be available to other members of our
communities as well.
Telephone Outreach Recovery
Support: This support is available without charge for people who have stopped or are
trying to stop smoking, and who sign up to get individualized,
phone-based or email support in their efforts. Our first
Recovery Support Specialist helped develop this resource, and it
will be continued with our newest staff member. This is for
residents of the 43 town Region V area. Please call our office
at (203) 757-9603 if you are
interested in getting this extra layer of support! Quitting
smoking can be hard - and this can really help.
MEMBER NEWS AND UPDATES:
There are still vacancies in several towns;
please check out these opportunities under the "Local Council"
Remember that all of our meetings are open to the public. If you
are interested in attending to "see what it's all about," give
us a call and we can arrange for you to be greeted, and have a
seat saved for you.
One of our town representatives expressed
some of what her involvement has meant to her:
"I enjoy so much being part of the NWRMHB
volunteer council. The town appointees and the providers truly
care about others. It has been a very positive experience. Best
for me is seeing and learning how to address otherwise
uncomfortable situations with non-confrontational grace. I am
learning so much more every meeting about our mental health
mission as well."
Transportation Primer for Providers
This helpful resource of information about
public transportation in the Northwest Region (the 43 towns of
Region V) was developed by the Consumer Action Group. This means
wit was conceived by and developed by people that use public
transportation as their primary means of getting around. Helpful
and straightforward, it can be used by individuals or as a
training tool for providers of services many of whom have rarely
if ever had to rely on public transportation themselves.
We recognize that schedules, rates and more can change at any
time. If you see something that needs updating - please let us
know! As always, we appreciate your feedback.
You can access it by following the link below:
Transportation Primer for Providers.
- You can contact us easily at
by phone at (203) 757-9603
mail to 969 West Main St., Suite 1B, Waterbury CT 06708
To really keep up
with what's going on in your own area, you are invited and
encouraged to come to your own local Catchment Area Council
meeting. The dates of those meetings can be found on this
website, as can directions.
ALL of our meetings are
open to the public and guests are always welcome.
If there is specific information you are seeking, call, write or
send us an email.
Thanks for visiting
updated November 20, 2013