Can Gambling Become an Addiction? And Can It Be Treated?

Can gambling become an addiction?

You bet it can!

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Roundtable with Elected Officials

L to R:  Ella Moore (TurningPointCT Project Coordinator), Margaret Watt (Positive Directions Prevention Director), Karlene Barnett (Positive Directions LADC), Jim Marpe (Westport First Selectman), Angelina Miceli (Positive Directions Clinical Director), Chris Murphy (US Senator), Jen Hrbek (Positive Directions Executive Director), Ed Milton (Kids in Crisis Teen Talk Counselor), Carolyn Dennett (Positive Directions Psychologist)

Positive Directions was pleased to host US Senator Chris Murphy, State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (Westport), and Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe on February 19 for a roundtable on behavioral health needs during COVID and beyond. Mental health and substance use issues have increased during COVID, and we were grateful for the opportunity to discuss needs that may be able to be addressed through the federal COVID relief bill under development.

We welcomed our community partners fromChild Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County, Fairfield Public Schools, Kids in Crisis, the National Alliance on Mental Illness-CT Chapter and Westport Human Services Department as part of the discussion. Watch the recorded discussion below and scroll down to check out the factsheet we provided.



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Public hearing on marijuana

Whether or not to legalize retail marijuana is an important public policy discussion that involves weighing interests such as the economy and the public health. CT residents have the opportunity to share their views this Friday at a public hearing on the governor's proposal, also known as Senate Bill 888. (Read text here.)  If you are interested in testifying or in following the hearing, please check out the info below.

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The New Marijuana

Recreational marijuana, medical marijuana, legalization of marijuana. You read about it in the news, talk about it with your friends, and maybe wonder what to tell your kids. As more states pass medical or retail marijuana laws, the general public’s perception of marijuana has changed. Both adults and teens now see it as safer.

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We are thrilled to announce that is now housed at 
Positive Directions! is Connecticut's online mental welln ess resource by and for young people. It's an amazing resource, created entirely by teens and young adults to provide information and support to guide their peers in the search for mental wellness.
  • a place to realize that no matter what you may be dealing with, you're not alone
  • a safe space for young people to share their struggles and journeys
  • a Q&A guide to learn about pathways to wellness and how to navigate the behavioral health system
  • a media room for young people to watch or share videos, art, or other creative expressions
  • a resource map where people around the state have uploaded their recommendations for activities, supports and services near them
  • a regular podcast
  • multiple social media channels, including TikTok and Discord
  • speakers and resource tables for campus events
  • occasional online drop-in social events for young people, such as the 4 events over the December holidays
  • ...and the newest creation: The TurningPointCT Collection -- a brand-new newsletter created by the current intern team!
Meet Ella!
Ella Moore is TurningPointCT's Peer Leader, who just received her Recovery Support Specialist certificate. (Congratulations, Ella!)
Ella uses her personal experience with mental illness to provide advocacy and peer support. She also has fabulous graphic design and communications skills! Ella works with a group of interns to develop new content, manage the website and social media, create podcasts, and participate in campus events. Other project staff include Eliza McNamara, the former project leader, who facilitates a weekly SMART Recovery teen support group, and an incoming social media assistant.  
The young people involved with TurningPointCT use their personal experiences with mental illness and/or substance misuse to share ideas, resources, and positivity with their peers. All teens & young adults are welcome to visit the site and upload their stories, art, videos, and more!
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It's been a tremendous year...

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Expanding to Meet Our Communities' Needs

skills of new staff


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Mindfulness Meditation Drop-In Series

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6 Tips to Manage Back-to-School COVID-19 Anxiety for Connecticut Students and Parents

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Positive Directions is Growing: Meet our New Talented Team Members

We are thrilled to have several new members join our team as valuable assets! We wouldn't be where we are today without the expertise, dedication, and passion that each team member shares with the organization and our community. A warm welcome and congratulations from all of us at Positive Directions! Read on to learn more about each team member's experience and commitment behind their work.

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