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3/9/2017 - Mental Wellness Forum March 9

MARCH 9, 2017


The Town of Canton Mental Health Task Force presents:

SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT ON MENTAL WELLNESS
Substance Abuse Prevention and the Opioid/Heroin Epidemic

Dear Canton Residents,

I am pleased to invite you to attend this special event:

"Shining the Spotlight on Mental Wellness: Substance Abuse Prevention and the Opioid Epidemic" 
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Canton Community Center
5:30pm-8pm Resource Fair
6pm Community Forum

At the Forum we will hear from featured speakers, including the State Commissioner of the Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Dr. Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon. I am especially pleased to welcome our special guest speaker, Ms. Laura Shafer, PhD. Ms. Shafer grew up in the Farmington Valley, and will share her candid story of heroin addiction and recovery. This will be a compelling presentation that I urge you not to miss. This portion of the evening will be in Room F of the Community Center, beginning at 6pm.  Another important feature of the event will be a Resource Fair, in the lower level multi-purpose room, beginning at 5:30. A wide variety of state agencies, local groups, advocacy organizations, and service providers, will be present and able to answer your questions about their services. Our hope is that you will leave this event with a better understanding of how the opioid crisis is affecting your friends and neighbors in Canton and the Farmington Valley, how to recognize signs of addiction in someone you care about, and where to turn for help. The speaker portion of the evening will be taped for later broadcast on Nutmeg TV, and will also be available for viewing on the Town website.  


I hope to see you on March 9th, and I look forward to continuing our community conversation about mental wellness throughout the coming months.

Best regards,
Leslee B. Hill
First Selectman