Fairfield CARES Community Coalition Marks Mental Health Awareness Month & National Prevention Week

Fairfield, CT - Have you noticed the green lights on the Tree of Hope at Sherman Green in Fairfield Center? Green is the color for May's Mental Health Awareness Month. The Fairfield CARES Community Coalition that focuses on youth and young adult substance use prevention as well as mental health promotion, is the featured Fairfield organization for the Tree of Hope and encourages everyone to be mindful of their emotional health.  

Fairfield CARES is conducting several related events throughout the month to promote healthy ways of managing stress or anxiety.

The Fairfield CARES Youth Committee, Generation of Change, is hosting a Wellness Fair at Sherman Green on Wednesday, May 12 from 3-5pm for upper elementary and middle school students and their parents.

On May 19 from 7-8:30pm, the coalition will host psychologist and comedian Matt Bellace, Ph.D. author of "Better High: Laugh, Help, Run, Love and Other Ways to Get Naturally High", who will get you laughing and discuss his book that actually teaches and encourages young people to get high - in safe, positive and natural ways. Get your free ticket for the online event at https://fairfieldcares2021annualevent.eventbrite.com and find more information on FC's website.

On Wednesday, May 26 from 4:00-5:00PM, join FC in a Laughing Yoga Class taught by Shelli Sullivan. Bring a beach towel or a yoga mat and meet on the beach at Penfield Pavilion.

National Prevention Week is from May 9-15. Fairfield CARES is joining the nation and state in observing this annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental health and/or substance use disorders. Visit FC's site dedicated to National Prevention Week to learn more about the many activities planned, one of which is a showing of the documentary "If They Had Known", an eye-opening account of the dangers of mixing prescription drugs with alcohol. Register by e-mail to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fairfield CARES looks forward to welcoming the Fairfield community to all events this month.  

Fairfield CARES Community Coalition, established in 2009, is a town-wide organization of parents, school representatives, local business leaders, law enforcement, clergy, counseling professionals and youth services organizations. Fairfield CARES envisions a community that promotes healthy, responsible choices through prevention and education for youth, young adults, and families.


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