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

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Recent Fairfield County Blog Posts

man smoking marijuana Marijuana and Psychosis: Evidence Points to Cannabis Triggering Lasting Psychotic Conditions (9/15/2020)Growing evidence shows cannabis use, particularly among adolescents and young adults, can trigger permanent psychological disorders, such as schizophrenia. At the same time, marijuana is increasingly being legalized, decriminalized, glorified in pop culture and easier to access. “It’s heading in a terrible direction,” said Rocco “Rocky” Marotta, MD, PhD, Service Chief for the Adult Transitional Living Program at Silver Hill Hospital. “I see the suffering. I see families suffering. I see these kids’ lives destroyed.
sad teen with smartphone. Stress and the Isolating Effects of COVID-19 Make Suicide Prevention Awareness More Important Now Than Ever (9/6/2020)This week marks National Suicide Prevention Week, a week when we are urged to learn more about suicide and how each of us can take steps to prevent deaths by suicide in our communities and our country. This year it comes after months of battling the COVID-19 pandemic, and as many of us face the stress of family members returning to school, college, or work under uncertain conditions. With so much on our minds and with a pandemic threatening our health, is it really important to talk about suicide? The answer is yes.
young man with cannabis pipe Marijuana and Psychosis: One Family’s Story – From Capable to Catatonic in One Year (9/1/2020)Carl just wanted his son back. Jake had become “like a walking zombie who was incoherent and catatonic,” Carl said of his son. Jake had been admitted and released by several state mental health facilities after suffering what Carl believes is cannabis-induced psychosis.
graduation 2020 Darien Town Champion Lily Genovese and Fellow Seniors Graduate as Darien High School Class of 2020! (6/11/2020)In March, we shared an editorial from the Darien Times written by Darien High School senior Lily Genovese. The opinion piece, A letter to Darien High School seniors, is a reflection on what it was like for students of the Class of 2020 to have their senior year and graduation disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. […]

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