Prime Time House marks Emotional Wellness Month with film, discussions

TORRINGTON – Prime Time invites residents to take part in a “Call to Action” during Emotional Wellness Month in October. Almost every aspect of people’s lives has changed, including their mental health, since the coronavirus pandemic.

The number of people with anxiety disorders has tripled and the number of people depressed has quadrupled. According to Prime Time House, Prime Time House is raising awareness of the importance of maintaining sanity and providing resources to the community on how to do it.

In addition to the Month of Emotional Wellbeing, October is also the National Month for Depression and Mental Health Screening, Mental Health Awareness Week October 4-10, National Depression Screening Day October 8 and World Mental Health Day on October 10th.

Not only does Prime Time House support people who come to the facility during these unprecedented times, they also take the time to have important mental health conversations during Emotional Wellness Month. This discussion is critical to raising awareness and reducing the stigma in our community. The following upcoming events are planned.

On October 23, Sandra Reese, an expert with 20 years of experience in assisted employment, will host a seminar to educate members of the Chamber on recognizing mental health problems and creating a mentally health-friendly work environment. With 28 million workers in the US suffering from a mental or substance use disorder, this is important and timely information for all employers, according to a statement.

The second event will be an online screening of the film Bedlam, followed by a panel discussion with Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, a psychiatrist, filmmaker, and brother of someone with schizophrenia. “Bedlam” is a feature-length documentary that, according to a statement, plunges us into the national crisis of caring for seriously mentally ill people.

Filmed for over five years, the film takes viewers to one of the busiest psychiatric emergency rooms in America. in prisons that house psychiatric patients; and to the homes and homeless camps of mentally ill members of communities where silence and shame are said to often exacerbate personal suffering. The film will be available online from October 24-25. The panel discussion will take place from October 26th to 20th.

Support for the programs comes from Burlington Construction Co., Inc., Daley Moving & Storage, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital from Hartford Health Care, Dr. Michael Kovalchik and Susan Vontell, Litchfield Bancorp, Northwest Community Bank, Chip and Louisa Roraback, Sullivan Automotive, Torrington Sparkasse.

For more information on this month’s activities, please visit www.primetimehouse.org.

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