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Third Annual Embracing Possibility For Mental Health Awareness: Are You Happy?

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TARA'S CLOSET PRESENTS EMBRACING POSSIBILITY FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS: ARE YOU HAPPY? ON THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019 AT KINGSWOOD OXFORD SCHOOL.

Please 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.

SEATING IS LIMITED AND ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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FEATURED SPEAKER

LAURIE SANTOS, PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY, YALE UNIVERSITY, FEATURED IN NEW YORK TIMES, NBC NIGHTLY NEWS AND THE TODAY SHOW

Dr. Santos entertaining and compelling monkeynomics experiments demonstrate that primates our closest animal relatives have much to teach us about our own economic decision-making. Both monkeys and humans know a bargain when they see one, tend to spend rather than save, and allow context and risk aversion influence choice often irrationally. From her research, Santos speaks to how we are biologically programmed to be motivated by sex, to be deeply influenced by other people and to repeat our mistakes. And while Santos often uses subjects from the animal kingdom to help explain our sometimes-illogical behaviors, she also provides advice on how to engage our uniquely human faculties to counteract evolution, choose more wisely, and live happier lives. Dr. Santos was appointed Head of Silliman College on July 1, 2016 to a five year term. She obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard. She is a professor of Psychology at Yale University, where she serves as Director of the Comparative Cognition Laboratory as well as the Canine Cognition Center, a research facility that studies how dogs think about the world. She teaches one of Yales most popular undergraduate courses, Sex, Evolution, and Human Nature. Her numerous awards for science, teaching, and mentorship include the Stanton Prize from the Society for Philosophy and Psychology for outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary research. Dr. Santos scientific research is widely published, and she and her work have been featured in numerous media outlets, such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New Yorker, New Scientist, Smithsonian Magazine, and Discover Magazine, as well as on History Channel, NPR and NOVA. She was named one of Popular Science Magazines Brilliant 10, and TIME magazine Leading Campus Celebrity; her TED Talk has well over a million views.

MODERATOR

ELIZABETH VARGAS, AWARD-WINNING ABC NEWS ANCHOR AND CORRESPONDENTAs an award-winning anchor and correspondent, Vargas has traveled the world covering breaking news stories, reporting in-depth investigations and conducting newsmaker interviews. Currently the co-anchor of ABCs 20/20 with David Muir, Vargas was credited by The New York Times for reinvigorating the newsmagazine format with her intellectually brave reporting. During the historic Iraqi elections in December 2005, she reported extensively for World News Tonight from Baghdad on both civilian life in Iraq and American military involvement there. She has interviewed leaders from around the world including President Bush from the oval office in the White House. Vargas has also anchored ABC News coverage of live, breaking news stories including the deaths of President Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy, Jr., and covering Hurricane Katrinas devastation from the U.S. Gulf Coast. Vargas won an Emmy in 2000 for Outstanding Instant Coverage of a News Story for anchoring live coverage of the Elian Gonzalez case. Vargas has also interviewed a wide range of celebrities, from actors and musicians, to business leaders and authors, including: Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Skoll, Sheryl Crow, Madonna, Johnny Depp, Hugh Hefner, Jessica Simpson,Mick Jagger, Drew Barrymore, Dan Brown, Alanis Morissette, and Cat Stevens. In September 2016, Vargass memoir Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction was released by Grand Central Publishing. The book details her struggles with anxiety and alcohol, and tells a powerful story of healing and coping. A special episode of 20/20 aired in conjunction with the books release, in which Vargas and Diane Sawyer discussed Vargas experiences, reported on the link between anxiety and alcohol abuse, and interviewed both addiction experts and people recovering from addiction.

EXPERT, Q&A

EVAN FOX, MD 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.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

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 make a donation online.

FAQs

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.

What's the refund policy?

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

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes. You may print your ticket from the confirmation email or download the ticekts using the Eventbrite app for android or iphone.
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