Rushford, a Hartford HealthCare partner, working with the Glastonbury Alcohol & Drug Council, is sponsoring a public forum on youth and mental health. The forum takes place on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM at the Riverfront Community Center, 300 Welles Street, Glastonbury, Connecticut. This event is free and open to the public.
“It is important to discuss openly and honestly the mental health issues that affect young people,” said Rushford President & CEO Jeff Walter. “We invite participation from parents and grandparents, teachers and other school staff, coaches, healthcare providers and caregivers, social workers, parole and public safety officers – anyone with an interest in the mental well-being of children, adolescents and young adults.”
This forum is part of the commitment of Hartford HealthCare affiliates to improve public understanding of mental health issues by holding open discussions on the topic throughout the region. This youth-centered forum will concentrate on issues such as anxiety and depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, self-injury, eating disorders and alcohol and drug use as well as stigma, risk factors for mental illness, navigating the mental health system and Youth Mental Health First Aid.
Panelists include psychiatrist J. Craig Allen, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Rushford; psychologist Barbara-Ward Zimmerman, Ph.D; college student and youth consumer Meagan Allen; and Rushford Prevention Services Manager Sheryl Sprague.
Intercommunity Mental Health of East Hartford is also a partner on this event, and will have an informational table regarding their services.
For more information or to RSVP to this event, please contact Veronica Parsloe at email@example.com or call 203.630.5392.
Rushford, a Hartford HealthCare partner, provides inpatient and outpatient substance use and mental health services to thousands of children, adolescents, adults and families each year. For more than 35 years, Rushford has been offering proven, individualized and compassionate care to its clients throughout Connecticut and beyond.