A local three part series sponsored by the Wilton League of Women Voters, in conjunction with other groups, aims to focus a local spotlight on the national conversation on mental health.

Mental illness affects one-in-four people. Virtually every family has someone who is suffering from mental illness:  depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm or a host of other mental health disorders. The Community Conversations on Mental Health, a national initiative begun after the Sandy Hook tragedy, seek to promote community conversations enabling small groups to create workable solutions to the mental health challenges in their own geographic areas. 

Now the Leagues of Women Voters of Wilton, Redding and Ridgefield and the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board, bring the conversations to our area. The conversations will focus on the unmet mental health needs of the participating towns, and will provide an opportunity for participants to air their beliefs about mental health, identify challenges in the local community, and create workable solutions. 

The conversations will begin Wednesday, March 19, and continue for the following two Wednesdays, from 7-9 p.m. at the Gilbert and Bennett Cultural Arts Center, 49 New St. in Georgetown.  A light dinner will be served.  There will be no charge for the event; however, the public is asked to pre-register by Friday, March 14 at HealthyMindsCT.org or by calling 203.840.1187.