Close to Home: The Fairfield County Mental Health Blog

Access to mental health care is a national problem that hits families and individuals in local communities close to home. This blog will showcase expert information, opinions, and personal stories from prominent providers, family members, and people with lived experience of mental illness in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Close to Home: The Fairfield County Mental Health Blog focuses on best practices and access to mental health treatment, care, and recovery for families and individuals in southwestern Connecticut.

Serving the following cities and towns in Fairfield County Connecticut

  • Monroe
  • New Canaan
  • New Fairfield
  • Newtown
  • Norwalk
  • Redding
  • Ridgefield
  • Shelton

Do you have a mental health story, opinion, news, or expert information you would like to share with the residents of Fairfield Country, Connecticut? Find out more on how to Guest Blog for Us.

Recent Fairfield County Blog Posts

Connecticut Mother Who Lost a Son to Overdose Shares Her Story and Hosts Wilton Fundraiser to Benefit Laurel House (11/9/2022) - In February 2020, our lead Resource Specialist and Clinical Director Denise Vestuti received a call from a mother from Norwalk, CT, distraught over her 31-year-old son’s low emotional state and addiction relapse. The call was like many of the hundreds of requests for help received at rtor.org each year—a distressed parent or other family member [...]
girl with black backpack The Parenting Backpack: Middle School and Mental Health (9/6/2022) - Last spring, there were two suicides in the high-achieving Connecticut town where I live. They were separate tragedies, one involving a twelfth grader, the other a tenth grader. It rocked us all, especially the classmates of these young people. We need not know what drove them to their last desperate act. It is not our [...]
couple holding hands The Importance of Interdependence in Relationships (9/5/2022) - The idea of independence is associated with strength, self-sufficiency, and autonomy. While being independent is important for survival, we cannot function independently without interdependence. Interdependence is when two or more people rely on each other for support, and it is a necessary and healthy part of our physical, mental, and emotional development. Interdependence is often [...]
Laurel House Offers $10,000 Racial Equity Scholarship for a Black or Hispanic Student Pursuing a Master’s of Social Work Degree (6/8/2022) - Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.  – Malcolm X   In May 2022, Laurel House, Inc., the sponsor of www.rtor.org, announced the creation of a $10,000 scholarship available each year to a Black or Hispanic resident of Connecticut enrolled in a Master’s of Social [...]

www.rtor.org, including the Directory of Family-Endorsed Providers  and locally-based Resource Specialists, is a free service of Laurel House, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization in Stamford, CT.

 

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