In May 2021, The Hub participated in Stamford’s Community Mental Health and Wellness Summit. Our planning committee included many organizations and Stamford Public Schools. We came together to discuss the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic on teachers, students, and families. We identified a need to share knowledge and resources, as well as bring together our community and create stronger connections with one another.
To do this, we partnered with many different organizations that provide mental health and wellness services to Stamford teachers, students, and families to host a virtual event.
Our event included English and Spanish educational presentations on a range of mental health and wellness topics including:
“I Missed You! Coming Together After COVID-19”,
“How to Get Your Kids to Talk”
and much more.
On the event website, we provided a compilation of resources for a range of topics for Stamford residents and LGBTQIA+ individuals. Lastly, we facilitated and participated in a live panel discussion answering the question, “How can we improve children, youth and families’ relationships and connections with each other, and strengthen one’s own mental health and wellness?”
The best part of our event is that you can still experience it! Our virtual event continues to be live at https://stamfordsummit.com. You can still access our presentations, resources page, and our recorded live panel discussion.
On our live broadcast day, we had over 500 visitors to our virtual event and nearly 200 to our live panel discussion. We had visitors join us from all around the country including New York and California! Most of our visitors were parents, teachers, and community members. Our most popular educational presentation was “Keeping Your Cool When It Counts,” a presentation from Stamford Public Schools on managing strong emotions and self-soothing techniques.
Our post-event survey showed us that attendees believe our presentations were useful, resources were helpful, and they learned new information! Most attendees believed that our live panel discussion increased their awareness in mental health and wellness.
Overall, this was our first Stamford Summit, and it was a successful one! We are happy to have been involved and look forward to more in the future. We cannot wait to provide bigger and better summits to continue increasing awareness and education of mental health and wellness, and creating connections in our communities.