Posts tagged ‘Mental Health’

November 14th, 2013

Post Traumatic Stress Forum for Veterans

by Christopher O'Brien

A forum for veterans as well as family members will be heldin Bristol on Tuesday, November 19th. As many as 76% of returning veterans may exhibit symptoms of stress related to military service. The discussion will help veterans and family recognize and be aware  of health issues that can occur with  reintergration, with a focus on the warning signs of PTSD and depression.  The Panel will include recently returned Veterans, Family  Members and Counselors. Intended for  Veterans, Service Members, and their  Families.

The session is free, although attendees should RSVP by November 14th. They can contact the Army Strong Community Center at 860-584-6258 or 860-584-6257. The session will be from 6:30-8:00 pm in meting room #2 at the Bristol Library at 5 High St.

For more information about the Army Strong Community Centers’ resources and support programs, please click on their website HERE. Their programs are designed for

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February 20th, 2013

Esty Hosts Gun Violence Forum Tonight

by Christopher O'Brien

Newly elected US Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty will host a forum on gun violence tonight at Rotella Magnet School in Waterbury at 7:00 pm. The school is at 380 Pierpont Rd., not far from the Wolcott town line. There is no RSVP required and anyone in the public is welcome to attend. Please note that no large bags or backpacks  will be permitted into the building.

Esty will discuss the policy principles announced by the Congressional Gun Violence Task Force, answer questions, and listen to residents’ ideas on the proposals. Esty serves as one of twelve vice-chairmen on the Tast Force. Its recomendations can be viewed HERE.

December 19th, 2012

Supporting Sandy Hook

by Christopher O'Brien

     State Police have urged anyone who needs help discussing or coping with the Sandy Hook shooting and is connected to the Town of Newtown, can call 203-270-4283. The number is being staffed by mental health professionals from Yale- New Haven Hospital.

Infoline, which can be contacted by dialing 211 from any phone, is also available for any resident in Connecticut that would like to talk to a professional about any kind of emotional trauma or disterss.

The Connecticut State Police would like to direct anyone who has any services to offer those who were traumatized by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.   All interested parties offering any type of assistance please call the 211 Infoline. Any victims’ or residents’ who may need any type of assistance should feel free to contact 211 infoline to access these offered services.

Assistance may include, but is not limited to, victims’ assistance agencies, counselors, Religious or ministry services, dog therapy, transportation services, and any other type of support goods or services. 211 infoline is prepared to accept all offers and assist those in need.

December 19th, 2012

Letter: Long Term Treatment and Special Officers Could Improve Society

by Christopher O'Brien
     In light of the horrible tragedy recently in Newtown, I believe it is time that we as a community begin to at least consider an obvious option. If we are willing to hire security guards to protect our money, gold, silver, properties and businesses, why don’t we demand that security (police) be posted in the schools to protect what we value most of all – our children. I understand that some school districts already do this periodically with Officers from their local police departments which is great. However, it is obviously insufficient. It should be regular posting for the foreseeable future.

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