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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 4:00 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Conference Room at

15 Boyden St. Waterbury, CT

Contact: Mary Ann Broomhead 

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

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

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

The Educator is published by our Drug Free Schools Committee and shared throughout the region.  See our latest edition on Youth Mental Health.

Download and share.  We have translations as well:

Spanish here

Brazilian Portuguese here

December 2021

U.S. Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Youth Mental Health Crisis

The Surgeon General’s advisory calls for a swift and coordinated response to this crisis.  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.

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.

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

Mental Health Promotion

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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
downloadable fact sheets and worksheets

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More new fact sheets from MHA:  Neighborhoods and Towns, Safe and Stable Housing

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

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From Mental Health America's BIPOC Mental Health Month Toolkit
to learn more and access the toolkit click here
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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 to learn more.

Youth voices are essential to addressing the current mental health crisis, yet young people’s perspectives and ideas are often dismissed. Youth leadership programs can address this barrier and engage new advocates and empower current leaders. 

In this YMHLC Annual Report, recommendations at each of the levels of power are identified. Authors draw on the collective wisdom of members to point out opportunities for growth and success in youth mental health leadership and organizing programs that can be used by other youth and adult allies to make inclusive and empowering environments. 

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


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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