Committed To Our Community.
Motivated By Our Kids.
May 2021
National Prevention Week 2021
Each year, National Prevention Week includes daily themes to focus on major substance use and mental health topics. The 2021 daily themes were, Preventing Prescription Drug and Opioid Misuse, Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse, Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use, Preventing Youth Tobacco Use (E-Cigarettes and Vaping) and Preventing Suicide.

This year we celebrated by hosting a Prevention TREE HUNT, sharing facts on social media, having open and honest conversations with our youth members, sharing resources in our community, naming the Prevention Starfish and reducing stigma.
At our last Coalition meeting of the school year we celebrated our CARA grant and a successful year of substance use prevention! Thank you to all that came out and celebrated the great work that has been accomplished during the CARA grant. A BIG thank you to Dr. Mike for your dedication and knowledge that you have shared with us and the community, we look forward to working with you more in the future.
Mark Your Calendars!

DMLWC meetings will resume in September. Meetings will hopefully be able to resume in person outside to start, this is all depending on how rates of Covid-19 are in the fall. Thank you for your continued support of DMLWC, We hope to see you at the farmers markets this summer! Stay Safe!
THANK YOU! - DMLWC Marketing Committee Members
The Marketing Committee promotes the efforts of the Local Wellness Coalition through earned and paid media, and identifies opportunities to participate in events throughout Durham and Middlefield. This committee finds avenues to provide information to the community on various topics. We want to take this time to thank them for all of their hard work and dedication to DMLWC. Follow the link below to learn more about each Marketing Committee member and why they are involved.
As the school year is coming to an end and summer is near we would like to remind all about the consequences of hosting an under age drinking party.

Our student survey data shows that "Youth who believe their parents disapprove of substance use are less likely to use than those who do not." Talk to your kids about substance use and share your concerns for their health.
For more information on how to talk to your kids about underage drinking please visit
Keep an eye out for our Social Host Billboard and Lawn Sings!
Don’t Miss The Last Three Videos!
The Speaking of Fun video series is almost complete. Only three new presentations to tempt and teach you.  
  • On May 26, Kathy Croteau will demonstrate the art of decorative painting on glassware.
  • On June 2, former RSD13 art teacher Jan Wenzel will teach artists of all ages how to watercolor sketch. 
  • On June 9, you’ll get a virtual tour of Middlefield’s Giving Garden, hosted by Jen Huddleston and Tina Gossner. 
Of course, the great thing about this video series is that all 14 of the videos will always be available on our website’s Speaking of Fun page.
As a reminder, we update our Parent Pandemic Playbook page on a monthly basis. New content is added; old content is reviewed.
What to look for this summer!
Summer Fun Activity Days are supported in part by CVEF! These programs will be in person, outside, one morning a week. COVID-19 safety measures will be followed.
Summer Social Media Take Over! This summer
DMLWC will be celebrating our accomplishments over the last 9 years of our Drug Free Communities Grant by sharing, Data, Outcomes, How We Did It, Quotes from our Members and more. As we start year 10 of this 10 year grant we invite you to help us #KeepItGoing, we thank you for your support! Follow along to learn all about substance use prevention in Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall! Help us #KeepItGoing by visiting
AND MORE! Follow along on social media for daily updates!
Durham Middlefield Youth & Family Services
Durham Middlefield Local Wellness Coalition
405 Main Street, Suite 11 Middlefield, Ct 06455
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