Southern Connecticut Chapter in the News


1/17/14, The Hartford Courant. 
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1/16/14, The Patch. Art contest expands to accept entries from elementary aged students throughout Connecticut. Read more.

12/1/13, The Patch. Be Stigma-Free and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Fairfield announce an exciting new development in their inaugural art contest for area Kindergarten – 5th grade students. The young artists’ work will be featured during a two-day gallery showing at the Kershner Art Gallery located in the Fairfield Public Library on February 24-25, 2014. Read more.

11/16/13, The Weston Forum. Art contest seeks to de-stigmatize children’s mental health issues. Read More.

11/15/13, Fairfield Citizen News and Westport News. Two groups that advocate for the mentally ill and their families are sponsoring a children’s art contest that aims to combat the stigma associated with mental illness. Read more.

11/15/13, Stratford Star. Be Stigma-Free and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Fairfield are accepting entries from area Kindergarten-5th grade students for the “Mental Illness: Through My Eyes” art contest. Read More.

11/11/13, The Patch. Winning Artists will receive prizes. Art contest for children Kindergarten – 5th grade. Read more.

7/6/13, Wilton Bulletin. Isabel Zayas, left, poses with Dr. Amanda Rodriguez Murphy at the National Alliance on Mental Illness essay contest and award ceremony at First Church Congregational in Fairfield. Read More. 

6/11/13, The Patch. Last week the White House sponsored a National Conference on Mental Health. As President Obama encouraged Americans to dialogue about mental health, locally our residents were doing it! NAMI Fairfield celebrated all participants of its 1st annual Essay Contest about mental illness. Read More.

6/3/13, The Patch. NAMI Fairfield Celebrates Authors to End the Stigma. NAMI Fairfield invites the public to celebrate all participants of its 1st annual Essay Contest about mental illness. Read More.

6/1/13, WDJZ Radio, Life Talk Show. Live discussion with NAMI Fairfield President, Judy Gardner. Gardner is interviewed by host Randye Kaye, and discusses mental illness, mental healthcare and activities of the group – including its first essay contest. Listen to the interview.

5/15/13, Hamlet Hub. NAMI Invites Essay Contest Entries. Deadline extended to May 21. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Fairfield chapter, has extended the deadline for its Essay Contest that asks, “How has mental illness affected you?” For the first time, and coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Month, NAMI Fairfield invites community members to share their personal story. Read More.

4/15/13, The Hour. Local NAMI Chapter Essay Contest Asks Entrants to Tackle the Question of Mental Illness. The National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Fairfield Chapter is holding an essay contest for third graders through adults, asking them to discuss “what mental illness means to me.” The deadline is May 15. Read More.

4/12/13, Hersam Acorn Newspapers. Mental illness affects one in four people, but still — even in the 21st Century — many are stigmatized by it. “Through My Eyes” is an essay contest that encourages people to share their individual feelings and experiences about how mental illness has affected them or touched their life. Sponsored by the  National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Fairfield, it offers an opportunity to raise understanding, nurture compassion, inspire change and end the stigma that often surrounds mental illness. Read More.

4/11/13, Fairfield Citizen-News. NAMI Accepting Entries for Essay Contest. National Alliance on Mental Illness Fairfield is accepting entries from area residents from third grade through adulthood for the “Mental Illness: Through My Eyes” Essay Contest. The deadline for entries is May 15. Read More. 

4/5/2013, Fairfield, CT. Fairfield County Essay Contest Launched to Stop Stigma and Open Dialogue about Mental Illness. Winning authors will receive scholarships, prizes – National Alliance on Mental Illness-Fairfield is accepting entries from area residents from 3rd grade through adulthood for the “Mental Illness: Through My Eyes” Essay Contest. The deadline for entries is May 15, 2013. Read More. 

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