Volume 18| September 10, 2020
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COVID-19 Resources
Assessing Risk
This model can be used to think about individual risk. There are 4 things we can do to avoid spreading or catching COVID-19:
1.    Limit the Duration of time you expose yourself to potential infection
2.    Avoid any Opportunities for spreading it (For example, use Zoom for meetings rather than in-person)
3.    Transmission probability is about your behavior. Wearing a mask increases the odds of you not getting it, and keeps others safe if you are asymptomatic
4.    Susceptibility is a factor. Special care should be exercised when being around older folks, or immune-compromised individuals
Smiling with our Eyes...

The world doesn’t seem as friendly when it’s filled with people wearing masks.
We gaze at strangers’ faces to gauge their intentions, so when the nose, mouth and chin disappear behind a covering, many clues vanish with them.
If a person is friendly, will you recognize it? If you smile, will he or she know it? The answer is yes — it’s still worth it to smile while wearing a mask, said body language expert Janine Driver, founder and president of the Body Language Institute in Washington, D.C. Click here to read more of this article from TODAY.
Regional Opioid Prevention Policy Workgroup Update

The Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI) provides support and resources to help law enforcement agencies nationwide create non-arrest pathways to treatment and recovery.
Click here to learn more about this initiative which began in Gloucester, MA and has since grown to more than 400 police departments across the U.S.
Find out more about how this non-arrest diversion model is implemented in CT:
Drug Free Schools Committee
Resources for Parents and Families
Five Tips to Help Teens Cope During COVID-19

When our world changes quickly and suddenly because of things like COVID-19, it is common to experience changes in our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Feelings of anxiety, fear or worry are typical in stressful situations.
Typical reactions include:
  1. Feeling stressed or overwhelmed, frustrated or angry, worried or anxious
  2. Feeling restless, agitated, on ‘high alert’ or unable to calm down
  3. Being teary, sad, fatigued or tired, losing interest in usually enjoyable activities or finding it difficult to feel happy
  4. Worrying about going to public spaces, becoming unwell or contracting germs
  5. Constantly thinking about the situation, unable to move on or think about much else
  6. Experiencing physical symptoms such as increased fatigue or other uncomfortable sensations
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, so you should not expect any specific reaction. Still, take a few moments to talk with the teens in your life about how they are feeling and what may help them during this difficult time.

To read more, and to learn more about Mental Health First Aid, click here
Mental Health
The new DMHAS Mental Health Bed Website was launched at the end of August.

Said Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon "The scope of this project was quite large, including 45 state-operated and private non-profit agencies, covering six types of programs and more than 1700 beds. Programs will be updating this Mental Health Bed Website when there is a change in availability and at least weekly. 
Like the DMHAS Addiction Bed Website that was launched in 2017, we see this as a tool for transparency, education about the system, and a facilitator of access to services. 
Please feel free to circulate this resource to others. A link to this new website is also available on the DMHAS website. 
Funding from the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) made this project possible."
Region 5 Suicide Advisory Board Update
In less than 2 minutes this film delivers a powerful message.

From the International Association of Suicide Prevention...

"As we approach #WSPD2020, #StepCloser is a film that gives an opportunity to think about our connections, to empower discussions & reduce stigma. Through working together, we could shift the balance and save lives. #WorldSuicidePreventionDay #WSPD #SuicidePrevention"


The messages conveyed in the "Step Closer" film are echoed within the QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Webinar Training.

We hope you can join us this month.

Suicide Prevention is everyone's business.

If you’re feeling alone and struggling, you can reach out the CrisisText Line by texting CT to 741-741 or
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Region 5 Suicide Advisory Board meets quarterly. The next meeting is September 23rd at 10:00 a.m. For more information contact The Western CT Coalition at 203-743-7741. Please join us!
Lets stop calling people "Addicts"
Problem Gambling Awareness

Responsible Gaming Education Week
is September 13-19, 2020
Our Partners
Did you know?

The City of Danbury was the first municipality to be designated as a Recovery Friendly Community in the state of CT.

Check out the designated page on the city of Danbury website