Three upcoming programs will focus on various issues, including anxiety management, adolescent girls and opioids, and Mental Health First Aid.
Now entering its 5th year, Wheeler’s Southington Health Outreach Project facilitates access to behavioral and mental health care for Southington residents.
The project employs a three-tiered approach to serving individuals and families in this community, including outreach and health education; system navigation assistance; and efforts to reduce barriers to care such as transportation, child care concerns and others.
On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, Justine Micalizzi, senior community health outreach coordinator, Wheeler Prevention, Wellness and Recovery, presents, “Anxiety: The Symptoms, The Treatments and the Ways to Cope” at the Southington Public Library, 255 Main Street, Southington, starting at 6:30 p.m. Justine will discuss anxiety symptoms, common diagnoses and treatments used, as well as resources and coping strategies. Interested attendees must register on the Southington Public Library website at http://www.southingtonlibrary.org/
On Tuesday, April 10, 2019, Aisha S. Hamid, MPH, CPS, CHES, program manager, Connecticut Center for Prevention, Wellness and Recovery, presents “Adolescent SBIRT: Adolescent Girls and Opioids,” from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Southington Community YMCA, 29 High Street, Southington, CT 06489. The training, designed for anyone who works with youth, includes information on adolescent brain development and substance use; the Adolescent Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (Adolescent SBIRT) model; the unique risks of adolescent girls for opioid misuse; and motivational interviewing. Participants will receive a comprehensive folder of informative and helpful resources. Interested attendees must register at www.ctclearinghouse.org/registration, or call 800.232.4424 for additional information.
This event is part of The Connecticut Opioid Misuse Prevention (COMP) initiative and is made possible with funding from grant no. ASTWH170052-01-00 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.
On Thursday, May 2, 2019 and Friday, May 3, 2019: A Mental Aid First Aid course will be offered at the Southington Community YMCA from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public skills to help someone with a mental health problem, or someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis. Interested attendees can register online at www.ctclearinghouse.org/registration, or call Justine Micalizzi at 860.414.1235.
This training is sponsored by Wheeler Clinic, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA and the Main Street Community Foundation.