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My Cat, Desi

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FREE Community Film Screening

The Connecticut’s Women’s Consortium is showing the  film, “Making Me Whole: Prison, Art & Healing” for FREE on March 18th

More info here

Meredith: You Are Not A Failure

Watch Meredith’s inspirational video on life after recovery. In this video, she talks about her experiences and how she believes that “you are not a failure if you feel behind in life due to struggling with a mental illness during your teenage years.” Meredith supports her mental wellness by practicing yoga regularly as well as meditation.

A Quote From Meredith: “Because I struggled with a mental illness during my teenage years, the hardest part of recovery for me was figuring out adulthood. Because I spent so much time in the hospital, I didn’t graduate at the same time as everyone else. It can be so easy to compare your journey to someone else’s. When in reality we are all on our own unique timeline. People don’t realize how much strength recovery takes.”

Join the conversation about this video here

 

Podcast: Why is it important for young people to vote?

Eliza and Ally sat down to answer the question: why is it important for young people to vote?

We talked about how we break the stigma around voting, why we personally are voting, and why we think our vote matters.

Tell us your answers and join in on the conversation here!

Listen here:

Norwalk SMART Teen Group!

We have launched a SMART Recovery Teen Group in Norwalk, CT!

Run by Blogger Eliza, find ways to live a balanced lifestyle with teens your age, all over pizza!

Every Thursday from 5:30-7 at Norwalk Public Library 1 Belden Ave, Norwalk.

Join the convo & read more about it here

Not in the Norwalk, CT area? Find a group near you

 

FREE CORN MAZE!

Help navigate through a 4.5 acre corn field that offers 1.5 miles of twists, turns and checkpoints! This is a great opportunity for team building and will end with some homemade ice cream & Italian ices which are made FRESH DAILY on the premises!

This event will be taken place on Sunday, Oct. 28th at Plasko’s Farm 670 Daniels Farm Rd in Trumbull.

We will be starting at 12:30 and will have plenty of time to go through the maze, eat some ice cream, and say hello to the critters on the farm!

Need help with transportation? We got you!

All we need from you is an RSVP and please invite/bring a friend!

You can RSVP to Ally @ Akernan@healthymindsct.org

Join in on the convo

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CT SMART Recovery Groups

SMART Recovery support groups for teens and for young adults and SMART Recovery Family & Friends groups are popping up all throughout Connecticut! Find out which ones are near you and check them out with a friend!

Our TurningPointCT staff are running a SMART Recovery teen group in Fairfield and about to start one in Norwalk. To find a SMART group near you, click here, or to find other cool spots to check out in your area, visit our map here. Join in on the conversation here.

So what exactly is SMART Recovery?

SMART Recovery is a peer support group run by trained facilitators. It is for people seeking support with any struggle they may have: substance abuse, anxiety, depression, bullying, fighting, etc. But it’s more than your average support group–it also helps you develop coping skills by analyzing your behaviors, triggers, reactions, etc.  When our TurningPointCT staff got trained to facilitate SMART groups, they tried the skills out on themselves–and the skills worked! Check out our “What We Like About SMART Recovery” discussion about it on our Videos page.

For more information on SMART Recovery in CT, click here or to find an online meeting visit www.smartrecovery.org

So what exactly is SMART Recovery Family & Friends?

SMART Recovery Family & Friends groups help those who are affected by substance abuse (drug abuse, alcohol abuse) or other addictions of a loved one. If your boyfriend, sister, parent, friend or child is dealing with any type of addiction, this group will not only give you social support from people who have been exactly where you are, but it will also help you develop skills, based on the CRAFT model, to help you handle their behaviors better and also to help you get them into treatment.

For more information on SMART Recovery Family & Friends visit: https://www.smartrecovery.org/family/

 

FREE Recovery Coach Academy!!

This October through November TurningPointCT.org  will be offering a FREE CCAR Recovery Coach Academy for young people aged 16-29.

Every Saturday from 10am through 5pm (we will provide lunch) we will gather at the Smilow Life Center in Norwalk and learn skills that will help us support people with their recovery and help us to manage our own lives and recovery as well.

If you are interested in attending and becoming a Recovery Coach, email info@healthymindsct.org and tell us why this matters to you and how you plan to use your certification.

Not Getting Notifications From Us?

 

Hey TurningPointCT.org! We have recently switched up our system to improve this site. So if you’re wondering where your email notifications are, check your spam folder! Remove us from spam so you can get up-to-date posts and other info. Have questions? Email us at coordinator@turningpointct.org

Hike at Lake Mohegan!

Come join TurningPointCT crew for a hike at Lake Mohegan in Fairfield, CT on Saturday, September 1st. We will be meeting at noon and starting the hike at 12:30. Lunch will be provided afterwards!

For more information visit: https://turningpointct.org/lets-talk/topic/hike-at-lake-mohegan/

Overdose Awareness Day Events in CT

August 31st is National Overdose Awareness Day. For a list of events in CT and to add more click here.

TurningPointCT blogger Ally will be speaking and hosting a resource table at a International Overdose Awareness Day Vigil hosted by Fairfield CARES Fri. Aug. 31 7-8PM at Sherman Town Green, Fairfield.

To read her blog about her recovery from heroin addiction click here

 

Free Ice Cream Social!

Hey everyone, you’re invited! TurningPointCT.org is hosting a FREE Ice Cream Social right in Fairfield, CT! Come chill with our bloggers Eliza, Luca, and Ally and meet new people!

For more info visit: https://turningpointct.org/lets-talk/topic/free-ice-cream-social-for-teens/

YAZBIZ LUAU!

YAZBIZ is hosting a luau JULY 27th at CAMP HARKNESS!!!!!! 275 Great Neck Rd. in Waterford, CT from 10am to 2pm

Get more info, see the flyer, & join in on the convo here: https://turningpointct.org/lets-talk/topic/7-23-18-luau/

Podcast: Sustaining Recovery in an Urban Environment

We sat down with young adults from Young Adult Services(YAS) New Haven – Marrakech to talk about how they have been sustaining their recovery while living in an urban environment.

We answered questions like:

How do you avoid relapse?

What challenges do you face that are different than other environments?

What are healthy ways you cope with emotions and thoughts?

Join in on the conversation and answer these questions here: https://turningpointct.org/lets-talk/topic/podcast-sustaining-recovery-in-an-urban-environment/

Talking About Borderline Personality Disorder

Watch Luca, Ally, Chelsea, and Eliza talk about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) after seeing the film Borderline.

Watch the video & other shared videos: https://turningpointct.org/category/media/videos/

Join the conversation about it here: https://turningpointct.org/lets-talk/topic/new-video-talking-about-borderline-personality-disorder/

Follow Eliza’s blog about her experience with living with a mental health disorder as a young mom: https://turningpointct.org/lets-talk/forum/blog-well-willow/

Share your video!

 

Podcast: Is Spirituality What Young People Need?

Hi TurningPointCT.org! Today we sat with Chris, Connor, Ally, Beth, and Olivia to talk about spirituality.

We answered questions like:

Is spirituality always religious?

What does the term ‘spirituality’ mean to you?

How has spirituality helped shape your mental wellness?

Join in on the conversation by answering these questions too: https://turningpointct.org/lets-talk/topic/podcast-is-spirituality-what-young-people-need/

What We Like About SMART Recovery ®

Listen to our young adults Eliza, Ally, and Olivia talk about why they choose SMART Recovery ® and why you should too!

To watch the video and other shared videos click here

If you’d like to know more info on our group & join in on the discussion click here

If you’d like to get more info on SMART Recovery click here

Podcast: How to Survive Freshman Year of High School

TurningPointCT.org blogger’s Olivia and Ally sat with Norwalk High School teens to talk about their experiences being a freshman. Listen to Ben, Emma, Nia, AJ, and Caesar share their fears, challenges, successes, and advice to incoming freshman & current students.

They want TurningPointCT.org listeners to know how to survive your freshman year and ways that teachers can help with giving their students’ an awesome high school experience.

We asked them & now we ask you:

What was the transition to high school like for you?

What kind of challenges did you have and still have?

What do you think should teachers should know?

 

Keep the conversation going here: https://turningpointct.org/lets-talk/topic/freshmanyear/

 

Listen to the podcast here:

NAMI YA Facilitator Training

Hey everyone! Just a reminder that NAMI Connecticut is offering a FREE training for young adults who would like to facilitate a peer-run support group.

Their first state-wide training with the new YA Connection Model will be on Tuesday, March 27 from 9AM-4PM at 1 Park Street, Norwalk

Join the conversation and get more info!

 

 

SMART Recovery Teen Group In Fairfield, CT

Join us for a free SMART Recovery Teen Support Group on Friday’s in Fairfield, CT!

Learn ways to gain control of your life and sort through it all in the company of your peers, run by trained TurningPointCT young adults.

This is for anyone struggling with anything: stress, school, peers, family, self harm, mental health and substance use disorders, bullying, fighting, etc.

Snacks are provided and monthly social activities with peers (that you get to help plan!)

We can help with transportation.

Starting Friday, February 16th from 3:30-5:00pm
First Congregational Church
Wakeman Hall
148 Beach Road, Fairfield CT

Need more info?
Contact Ally:
203-840-1187 (Office)
akernan@healthymindsct.org

P.S. if you are a high school student that enjoys mentoring or a social work/psychology student and see this as something you would like to get involved in, please contact us!

Join the conversation here: https://turningpointct.org/lets-talk/topic/smart-recovery-teen-group/

Watch Ally Share What She Learned at a Naloxone (Narcan) Training

Watch Blogger Ally share what she learned at a Naloxone (Narcan) training! Naloxone is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

Watch the video & other shared videos: https://turningpointct.org/category/media/videos/

Join in on the conversation about Narcan here: https://turningpointct.org/lets-talk/topic/new-naloxone-narcan-video/

Follow Ally’s blog about her experience with addiction recovery: https://turningpointct.org/lets-talk/forum/addiction/

Share your video!

For more information on Naloxone (Narcan), trainings, pharmacies, and more, please visit: http://www.ct.gov/dmhas/cwp/view.asp?a=2902&q=560348

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Podcast: What are your plans for 2018?

TurningPointCT reflects on 2017 and embraces 2018! Our blogger’s, Eliza and Ally, talk about things they are proud of that happened in 2017 and discuss their plans for 2018. They mention their fears, their hopes, and what they plan to do differently this upcoming year.

What do you want to do differently this upcoming year?

What do you hope to accomplish or succeed in?

Any fears?

Join in on the conversation here: https://turningpointct.org/lets-talk/topic/new-years-podcast/

Listen to our New Year’s podcast below:

What struggles do you face as a young adult female?

Our young adults, Ally, Olivia, and Eliza, came together to discuss their struggles as a female.

They shared their experiences as a woman, but also how their age is a factor in their struggles as well. They had many things in common and found it empowering to get honest and personal. Work, school, and home-life were all talked about, along with sexual harassment, relationships, and how they stand up for themselves! One thing they all had in common was feeling intimidated and discriminated against as a young adult female.

Join in on the conversation – are you a young adult female that has experienced similar situations? Any different struggles? – we want to hear from you!

Podcast: The struggles of a YA female

 

Are our youth over-medicated?

We’re back and this time we are talking our experience with medication and asking the question, are our youth being overmedicated?

Listen to Ally, Olivia, Eliza, and Michael

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share their experiences with medication for behavioral health issues as teens and young adults. In this podcast episode, we talk about both our struggles and successes with medication and how we are influenced by it today.

Join in on the convo right here and share your thoughts — are we overmedicating our youth? What has your experience been like? https://turningpointct.org/lets-talk/topic/podcast-medication/

 

Change – How do you deal with it?

As the fall season is approaching, it brings a lot of change with it! We got together again and discussed that very thing; change. Michael, Rachel, and Ally are featured on this one and they discussed the current changes they’re going through, how they cope with difficult (and sometimes unwanted) change, and what they’ve learned from change in the past!

 

Join in on the conversation and share your experiences with change:

https://turningpointct.org/lets-talk/topic/new-podcast/

Celebrating Recovery Month With Ally

Watch Blogger Ally talk about her story of addiction and mental health recovery and how she is celebrating Recovery Month! Join the conversation about Recovery Month on our forum and read her blog!

Watch the video & other shared videos: https://turningpointct.org/category/media/videos/

Share your video!

New Feature Up: New London Connects

CT Strong, Child and Family Agency of Southwestern Connecticut Inc, and High Road School brought the New London community together on August 11, 2017. We were able to attend to provide resources, support, and feature Blogger Ally as a guest speaker who shared her lived experience. The event had activities for children of all ages and included guest performances!

To read about our whole experience and to catch up on new features, follow this linkhttps://turningpointct.org/resources/featured-events/

LGBTQI Support Groups For CT Children, Youth, and Young Adults!

 

Check out these LGBTGI support groups for children, youth, and young adults in CT!

They include contact information, location and time of meet, and they are community based!

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Getting Through Tough Times Podcast

How do you get through tough times?

Keeping up with TurningPointCT.org is always an easy thing but to make it even easier, we’re bringing the conversation straight to you! Check out a few of our young adults as we sit down and discuss today’s hot topics in our new podcast series! Every month you can be sure to hear something new and interesting from a few people just like you and even from some special guest.

It’s not everyday that we get to chill and weigh on what’s going on in social media, our culture or around the state, so make sure to catch us!

Here’s our episode on sharing about the tough times we are facing and how we get through it featuring Ally, Kevin, Michael, and Rachel.

There are no wrong or right answer, all opinions are welcome. 🙂

 

Summer Stigma Slam!

CT is slamming Stigma on July 8th! You are invited to be a part of Connecticut’s 1st “Summer Stigma Slam” sponsored by Advocacy Unlimited and DMHAS!

There will be a resource fair with food and musical performances by singer/songwriter Daphne Willis and Hip Hop artist Tw1tch, along with many others!

Click here for more info!