Save the Date!
 How to Parent to Prevent Substance Abuse, Communicate to Build a Trusting Relationship and Raise Children with Grit and Resilience

May 3rd at 7 PM
QPR Training
First Session: May 4th, 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Adolescent Mental Health in the
Time of COVID-19

May 6th, 1 - 2 PM

NAMI is joining with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for a virtual panel discussion focused on the mental health impacts of COVID-19 among adolescents.

Survey closes April 30th. We need your opinion!

Tell us about your experience (good or bad) with mental health and substance use prevention, treatment and/or recovery!

The Hub will be conducting a regional needs assessment and priority planning focus group. Information gathered will be used to inform the DMHAS Mental Health Block Grant and DMHAS biennial budgeting process as well as the planning and priority setting process for our region.

Two Ways to Participate:

Join a focus group! Come to our last focus group on
April 29th at 3:30 PM. RSVP to

Take a survey! If you can't make it to the focus groups, please fill out this survey It will take about 15 minutes. The survey will close on April 30th.
Meet The Hub's New Employee
Nicole Hampton

Nicole is The Hub's Catchment Area Council Coordinator. She is a seasoned Recovery Coach who has a passion to help others.  In January 2016 she quickly became very active in her recovery through multiple pathways to/of recovery. Nicole has obtained the following credentials: Certified Peer Recovery Specialist through the Connecticut Certification Board and Recovery Coach Professionalism Designation through CCAR (Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery).  She has empowered many recoverees who have become very successful in life themselves.

Nicole sits on the following committees: The Norwalk Partnership, Peer Legislation Support Group (co-chair) and Courage to Speak Foundation’s Annual Youth to be Drug Free Night Planning. Read her full bio on our website.
Tobacco Update & CT Substance Use Data
Experts predict FDA could ban menthol cigarettes this week.

The Food and Drug Administration appears likely to move to ban menthol in cigarettes this week - a step, experts say, that has been years in the making and that could have a significant positive impact on the health of Black Americans.

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The New England PTTC has developed: In the Air. "A graphic medicine built to foster conversations with and among young people around vaping, choices about substance use, and social factors. This graphic novel-styled story of five teens going through high school incorporates behavioral science of substance misuse prevention with the stories, interest, and ideas of members of the Tobacco Free Rhode Island Youth Ambassadors. The novel has questions to help guide the discussion, a strong research base, and roots in risk and protective factors."

May 13th from 1 - 2 PM
Discussion will focus on "In the Air"
The Hub has compiled Connecticut drug overdose data from 2020 into this infographic. Download the infographic.
In the News
6 Sneaky Ways Pandemic Trauma May Pop Up

After more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, our country is inching closer to normalcy. Millions of Americans have already been vaccinated, and eligibility just opened up to everyone over the age of 16.

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COVID-19 took mental health to a dark place. Healing begins.

James was first diagnosed with depression in 2017. For much of his mid-20s, life was a struggle, and hiding in bed provided the only source of comfort. After three years of therapy, medication and arduous lifestyle changes, James began to...

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Op-Ed: Are Marijuana Use and Suicide Linked?

Correlation does not mean causation, but that is why we do research -- to follow correlations in an effort to determine causation. Data linking marijuana use to people with suicidal ideation, attempts, and completed suicides are steadily...

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The Hub: Behavioral Health Action Organization for Southwestern CT
A division of the Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP) 

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