Mental Health 

Catchment Area Councils (CACs)

Region 5 is served by 3 Catchment Area Councils (CACs).  

The mission of these groups is to assess mental health needs at the town level and across region 5, to promote mental health and wellness through education and awareness, and to  help connect those in need to resources.

Membership consists of stakeholders from various sectors including healthcare, behavioral health treatment, law enforcement, parents, town government, prevention, and other community members with a vested interest in mental health.  

CAC 20 meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 3:00 p.m.

in the Mental Health Connecticut

Conference Room

969 W. Main St., Waterbury, CT

Contact: Mary Ann Broomhead mabroom@gmail.com 

Towns served:  Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Cheshire, MIddlebury, Naugatuck, Oxford, Prospect, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, and Woodbury

CAC 21

meets the

4th Thursday

of the month 

at 3:00 p.m.

on Zoom

Contact: Kate Travis

kate.travis@abilitybeyond.org

Towns served:  Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, and Sherman

CAC 22 meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 3:00 p.m. on Zoom

Contact: Jennifer Hale 

jennh4@yahoo.com

Towns served:  Barkhamsted, Canaan, Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Washington, and Wichester/Winsted

In the News

MHA is excited to welcome an incredible lineup of Main Stage speakers for our 2022 Annual Conference: Forward Together: Recovery, Healing, Hope,

taking place June 9-11 in Washington, D.C., and online.

Don’t wait to register — registration for the in-person event closes June 2.

Virtual registration is FREE and closes June 6.

Guest speakers include Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Congressman Jamie Raskin, New York Times best-selling author Bassey Ikpi, Swimming World Champion Allison Schmitt, and Kana Enomoto, Director of Brain Health for the McKinsey Health Institute.

Click HERE to register

December 2021

U.S. Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Youth Mental Health Crisis Further Exposed by COVID-19 Pandemic

The Surgeon General’s advisory calls for a swift and coordinated response to this crisis as the nation continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides recommendations that individuals, families, community organizations, technology companies, governments, and others can take to improve the mental health of children, adolescents and young adults.

Read full comprehensive report here.  It includes actions steps every member of the community can take.

A sampling of excerpted resources from the report:

New Resouce:  Seize the Awkward
Guides and tips on how to have a conversation about mental health.
  • Learn the signs of when help is needed
  • Suggestions for starting the conversation
  • Tips on how to make that conversation meaningful and productive
  • How to continue the conversation, build trust, and refer them to professional help if needed

May 2022

Global Conference

Mental Health in ESG: Increasing Employer Value and Impact

Moderated by Elizabeth Vargas, Journalist and Author

Supporting employees' mental health could help organizations retain talent, increase economic impact, and bolster performance while keeping the workforce healthier and more satisfied.

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Mental Health Promotion

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Mental Health Wellness for Youth

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The book Gizmo's Pawesome Guide to Mental Health was developed by the CT Suicide Advisory Board.  Visit gizmo4mentalhealth.org to learn more.

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Taking care of our mental health is just as important as taking care of our physical health.  Staying physically healthy requires some effort- eating right, exercising, and brushing our teeth are examples of preventative measures.  We can do the same for our mental health by learning to recognize difficult feelings like stress, anxiety and anger, how to cope in healthy ways and to know when to seek help.

Self-Help Tools from Mental Health America
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downloadable fact sheets and worksheets

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5 Things You Should Know About Stress
from the National Institute of Mental Health

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Steps to Take If You are Concerned
About Your Mental Health

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Mental Illness and Getting Help

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Season Affective Disorder from National Institute of Mental Health 

Let's Talk About Eating Disorders from National Institute of Mental Health 

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Supporting a family member with serious mental illness from American Psychological Association

Dementia from Mental Health Foundation (UK)

Mental Health Resources

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Behavioral health children's resource links for region 5 compiled by WrapCT.

Download below

Crisis Services

Behavioral Health Services in Region 5 (downloadable resource sheets)

Greater Danbury
Greater Waterbury
Greater Torrington
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