Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) is joining together with the town of Newtown, the school district, the interfaith community and municipal organizations in observance of the first anniversary of 12/14. NYFS will be operating on extended hours from December 13-15, and will also be open for walk-in support services for individuals and families in the community who have been impacted by the Sandy Hook tragedy.
Conversations with the elderly can be difficult at times, and much more so if the elderly person suffers from dementia. Southbury resident Kathie Nitz believes that she has come up with the answer — or rather, the 50-plus questions — that makes communication between generations both fun and productive. She has recently launched a product that is a journey of her heart, she said, and one that offers others a means of “bridging generations through conversations.” Caring Cards, a deck of more than 50 cards imprinted with questions to prompt conversations and share memories, was born out of a difficult situation, she said.
The Newtown Lions Club would like to show their appreciation to the therapists who are working with the people in Newtown by sponsoring a free workshop on Sunday, December 8, from 1 to 4 pm. The workshop, “Personal and Professional Resiliency with EFT/Tapping,” will be at Town Hall South. It will be presented by Lori Leyden, PhD, along with Deborah DelVecchio-Scully, LPC, NCC, DCMHS, and Bob Schmidt, LPC. This retreat offers therapists intimately involved with fostering healing following 12/14 to take a moment to pause and reflect on their experiences, share support and receive healing through the practice of the Emotional Freedom Technique/The Tapping Solution.
As part of a national initiative inspired by the shootings in Sandy Hook and designated by President Obama, the public is invited to participate in a conversation about mental health in the community. NAMI Fairfield will host an evening of conversation on Wednesday, November 13, from 6 to 9 pm, at First Congregational Church, 148 Beach Road.
Adults grieving the death of a loved one are invited to attend a support group at Newtown Youth & Family Services. The group is being offered by the award-winning Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children & Families, a program of Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut. Sessions for anyone impacted by grief and loss will bee held on Tuesday evenings, November 12 and December 10, from 6 to 7:30 pm, at Newtown Youth & Family Services.
State insurance officials have released a “toolkit” they hope will make it easier for Connecticut residents to get coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatment.
The nine-page document provides guidance on what questions to ask health care providers and insurers to help ensure that care will be covered, and it includes a checklist of information to gather for those who want to appeal denied claims. Officials developed the guide with experts from the UConn Health Center and insurance companies.
Hikers of all ages are invited to enjoy panoramic views of Newtown and surrounding areas during Newtown Forest Association’s Autumn Foliage hike on Saturday, November 2, beginning at noon. Join NFA member Aaron Coopersmith on a stroll through the Holcombe Wildlife Preserve on Great Hill Road. Not to be confused with the Holcombe Memorial Trail property with its red barn, those joining the hike on Saturday should continue ¼-mile uphill past this property to the Holcombe Wildlife Preserve.
On November 5, Newtown residents are invited to exercise their civic duty while protecting their health and the health of their family and loved ones. For the second consecutive year, the Newtown Health District will be hosting Vote & Vax at the Newtown Middle School. This coordinated public health outreach offers flu vaccinations to residents who want them on Election Day. “The idea is the resident is taking the time to go to their polling place to vote, and while they are there, they can conveniently visit another area at the building at the Newtown Middle School and get a flu shot,” said Health District Director Donna Culbert.
The Fairfield County Transcendental Meditation Program in conjunction with the David Lynch Foundation will offer an introductory presentation on the Transcendental Meditation Technique on Tuesday, October 29, at 6:30 pm. The program will be in the board room of C.H. Booth Library. The Transcendental Meditation technique is a simple, natural program for the mind to experience a more settled state, increasingly quiet and silent levels while it remains alert.
Florida-based nonprofit To Write Love on Her Arms will be offering “MOVE: Focus” on Saturday, November 2, from 9 am to 6:30 pm, at Newtown Congregational Church. “MOVE: Focus” is a one-day workshop led by professional counselors where attendees will explore issues that are rarely talked about, including depression, anxiety, and suicide. The discussion will cover what is behind these struggles, what drives them, what recovery looks like, and how students can make a difference. The workshop is open to all students in grades 8–12 in the area. MOVE will be taught by licensed mental health counselor Aaron Moore and registered mental health intern Denny Kolsch. “It’s a free conference that will tackle the issues of depression, anxiety, and suicide,” said NCC Youth Minister Allysa De Wolf, who also said the event is “not a religious event but is open to students from all backgrounds.”