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JFS EMBRACING POSSIBILITY FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

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Kingswood Oxford School

170 Kingswood Road

West Hartford, CT 06119

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To mark Mental Health Awareness Month this coming May, Jewish Family Services and Tara’s Closet will host a compassionate community-wide conversation led by an outstanding panel of national experts and local members of our community who have been impacted by mental illness. Join us for an unforgettable evening discussion aimed at tearing down the many misconceptions surrounding mental illness.

1 in 5 Americans will experience mental illness in his or her lifetime; it is a reality of life that affects us all. If you or someone you know has struggled with symptoms of mental illness, this evening is for you. Together, we can alter the narrative, stop the stigma, and change lives.


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JENNA BUSH HAGER is a contributing correspondent on NBC’s TODAY show and an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine. She is also the author of The New York Times bestseller Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope, which she wrote after traveling to Latin America in 2006 as an intern with UNICEF. Ana’s Story is based on the life of a 17-year-old single mother with HIV, who struggles to shield her child from the life she had of abuse and neglect. Hager remains involved with UNICEF and is currently the chair of its Next Generation initiative, which is dedicated to reducing childhood deaths around the world. Hager holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also co-author of the children’s book Read All About It! Hager is the daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. In 2008, she married Henry Hager. On April 13, 2013, she gave birth to daughter Margaret Laura “Mila”.


EVAN FOX graduated Michigan St University with a BS in Zoology, thinking he was going to become an Equine Veterinarian. After further contemplation, he chose to go to medical school at the University Health Sciences, Chicago Medical School where he became interested in the relationship between the brain and the body. As a consequence, he moved to Connecticut where he completed a Residency in Psychiatry and a fellowship in General Hospital based Psychiatry with a special interest in Oncology. He is the Director of Consultation Psychiatry at Hartford Hospital, Senior consultant to the Palliative Medicine Consult Service, Chairman of the Ethics committee, Physician Chair of the Schwartz Rounds at HH, Psycho-Oncologist for the Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute, Assistant Medical Director of the Behavioral Health Network, Hartford Healthcare and has a special interest in significant phenomenology including how and why individuals die and paradoxically, improving the quality of life for all.


KARIN STAHL is a newly published writer of The Option: a memoir of suicide, mystery and finding our way. She edited Silent Warrior: Finding Voice After Suicide. She is Vice President of The Prescott Group, a communications consultant and executive coach. As a training professional, she has developed and taught management programs, directed high-potential development for executives. In the past Karin directed national sales and service marketing offices and teams for Aetna and Kaiser Permanente for twenty years. Karin received her BA from Allegheny College, PA and her Masters from the University of Hartford, CT. She is guest lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Hartford. Philanthropy and community service is very important for Karin and her husband, Bill – as demonstrated in their involvement in the Kristina Stahl Creative Writing Fund at Colby College, the Kristina Stahl Anxiety Lecture Series at the Institute of Living, and the Kingswood Oxford School: Teacher mentoring fund. Karin services on the board of Aurora Women and Girls Foundation.


RISA SUGARMAN is mommy to a fabulous daughter and wife to an amazing husband. She has lived in Boston, New York City, and now lives in Central CT. She has an MSW from Fordham University and a BA from Columbia University. She was featured in Women's Health Magazine's May 2016 issue regarding mental health and was a panelist on AOL Build discussing the effects of stigma on those with mental illness. She was also featured in an episode of Dr. Oz discussing her success with ECT (electroconvulsive therapy). She has written for Huffington Post, Psych Central, Keshet, The Mighty, Bring Change 2 Mind and Stigma Fighters and on her own blog, sillyillymama.blogspot.com.




Embrace-A-Family

EMBRACE-A-CHILD. EMBRACE-A-FAMILY.

The financial and emotional strain on a family can be overwhelming when faced with ongoing challenges of mental health. The Embrace-A-Family initiative is an opportunity for an individual or a group of people to work together to help alleviate these barriers and subsidize basic human needs, for a JFS client family who is less fortunate. Become a JFS Embracer.

For more information about how to support JFS mental health clients, please visit our website. To make a donation by phone, call 860.236.1927. Or click here to donation online.




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Is there a suggested age for attendees to the event?

We recommend audience members are 16+.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Jewish Family Services can be reached during regular office hours, Monday through Friday. Please contact us by email or call 860.236.1927.

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All sales to the event are final. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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