Southwest Regional Mental Health Board receives $10K donation

The Southwest Regional Mental Health Board (SWRMHB) recently received a donation of $10,000 from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation in recognition of its efforts to strengthen the region’s mental health system. Funds will be used to support the expansion of SWRMHB’s community education efforts and for initiatives to improve access to behavioral health services and to advocate for critical legislation.

Executive Director Margaret Watt expressed gratitude at the support for the community education and awareness work done by Southwest Regional Mental Health Board, noting that efforts have more than doubled in recent years without any prior increase in the operating budget.

“We are very grateful to the Community Foundation for supporting our work on behalf of the public. During the past year, we were able to increase our Mental Health Awareness Month activities by 90%, while the number of people screened during Wellness Month increased by 185% over two years. We would not be able to sustain this growth without the financial support from the Foundation as well as the collaboration of our many local partners.”

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation previously funded SWRMHB’s Community Conversations on Mental Health, which engaged more than 200 community members in hours of discussion and planning around mental health in the region. Watt notes, “many of our current initiatives came out of the findings from those conversations, such as our initiative to incorporate behavioral health screenings into medical settings.”

The Southwest Regional Mental Health Board plays a unique role in the mental health system, including developing regional priorities; conducting external evaluation of programs and needs; providing information, resources, and training programs; promoting coordination among programs and stakeholders; advocating with decision makers; and providing a voice to consumers and providers from Greenwich through Monroe.

SWRMHB also manages the award-winning website, TurningPointCT.org, developed by and for young adults from Connecticut—“guiding the search for mental wellness.”

About the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board: SWRMHB is a nonprofit community advisory council dedicated to ensuring a high-quality mental health system that promotes recovery and wellbeing for the residents of southwestern Connecticut. SWRMHB represents and serves the communities of Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. For more information visit the organization’s website: www.HealthyMindsCT.org.

About Fairfield County’s Community Foundation: Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards, and has awarded over $185 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.

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