The Gathering of the Lost Tribe II: A virtual conversation
December 18th, 10 AM

Regional Suicide Advisory Board Meeting
THIS Friday, Dec. 11th from 12 - 2 PM
Open to members of the public from Region 1, which includes Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport and Wilton. RSVP to to get the meeting link.
Job Opportunity
Adult Mobile Crisis
Clinician Supervisor

The Adult Mobile Crisis Clinician Supervisor is responsible for direct supervision of a team which answers calls for the Adult Crisis line. Through that line, CT 2-1-1 serves as the entry point for Adult Mobile Crisis Services for the State of Connecticut.

Community Resources
Impact of Hunger & Mental Health
  • "Mothers with school-aged children who face severe hunger are 56.2% more likely to have PTSD and 53.1% more likely to have severe depression. The inability to feed your loved ones can have traumatic effects on a person’s mental health." Source.

  • "Food-insecure mothers had 2.2 times higher rates of mental health issues than fully food-secure mothers". Source.

  • "Preschool and school-aged children showed that even when taking into account other factors, students who were chronically hungry had higher rates of depression and anxiety." Source.
Upcoming Food Distributions
Did you know... More than 400,000 Connecticut residents struggle with hunger; more than 117,000 children are food insecure according to the Connecticut Food Bank.

Bridgeport Hospital Food Distribution: Every 3rd Tuesday from 5:30 PM-6:30 PM at 200 Mill Hill Avenue. The December distribution will take place on Tuesday, December 15. Get more information.

St. Vincent’s Medical Center Food Distribution: Next monthly distribution to take place on Friday, December 18 from 1:30 PM-3:00 PM at 2800 Main Street in Bridgeport. Get more information.

The CT Food Bank hosts mobile food and a dairy express distributions each month. Click here for the schedule.

United Way 2-1-1:  You can visit the 2-1-1 website or call to be connected to resources including local food pantries/distributions, COVID testing, transportation, housing and much more.
In the News
In an ordinary year, holiday angst is very real: Anxiety, depression and stress are all known to spike between Thanksgiving and the year’s end, as social engagements, travel and bills for holiday gifts simultaneously surge. Yet 2020 has been far from ordinary, so we must expect that this holiday season will be unusual.

This year has been characterized by extremes. Health care faced a crisis of epic and dangerous proportions, yet medical innovation is at an all-time high. Financial markets experienced both staggering losses and colossal gains. As for the election … does that even need to be explained? Along these lines, when it comes to our emotions this holiday season, we must expect emotional polarization: We will simultaneously feel better and worse than ever. Read full article.
While overall drug overdoses among youth are infrequent, non-fatal overdoses were on the rise in children under the age of 15 between 2016 and 2019, a new study finds.

The rise appears to be driven by stimulants such as cocaine and amphetamines like meth and ecstasy, according to the study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
If the trend continued into 2020, it could be a wake-up call for parents, as drug overdoses appear to be on the rise during the pandemic.

"More than 40 states have reported increases in opioid-related mortality as well as ongoing concerns for those with a mental illness or substance use disorder," said the American Medical Association (AMA) in a recent issue brief. Read full article.
The Hub: Behavioral Health Action Organization for Southwestern CT
A division of the Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP) 

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