Stamford's Community Mental 

Health and Wellness Summit

Free Virtual Event


Join local mental health and wellness professionals as they share the top strategies to reduce stress, manage anxiety, reconnect with the community, build resilience and much more!

Mental Health and Wellness

Our community understands the profound impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on each of us, including our children, youth and families. Many of us are struggling with feelings of uncertainty, isolation and loneliness, experiencing loss and grief, or worries for the health of family and friends, resulting in an increased need for mental health support. 


During these stressful and uncertain times, it is even more important to be sure our children and youth and their families know where to go for support. As always, you can reach out to a school or local social worker, psychologist or school counselor. 

Our Goal

Our community is dedicated to improve children, youth and families’ relationships and connections with each other, and strengthen one’s own mental health and wellness.

Event Resources

Event Programing

Main Stage

I Missed You!

Coming Together After COVID-19


Kids in Crisis

Establish Structure and Routines

Emily Segal

Family Centers

 How to Get Your Kids to Talk 

Robin Seymour

Child Guidance Center 

of Southern CT

Staying Connected 

John Hamilton

Liberation Programs, Inc.

Understanding and Responding

to School Avoidance


Child Guidance Center 

of Southern CT

Consent and Boundaries 

Danielle Walker & 

Maileen Martinez

The Rowan Center

Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships

Nikkia Ellis

Domestic Violence Crisis Center

What is a Social Worker?


Family Centers

Physical and Emotional Safety

Craig Baker & Donn Reid


Harmonize your body to decrease

stress and increase relaxation.

Carol Shwidock

Harmony Yoga Studio

Screen Time & Social Media

Elizabeth Ortiz-Schwartz

Silver Hill Hospital

Vaping: Is it harmless??

Emma Goldberg, Samantha Samuel & Rocco Lucia

Stamford Vaping Task Force

Committee of Stamford Youth Services

Establishing and Maintaining Physical and Emotional Safety

Tanesha Rankine, PsyD

Community Health Center, Inc.

Keeping Your Cool When It Counts

Krista Rizzo

Stamford Public Schools

Programa en Español

Te Hemos Echado De Menos

Reunirse Después del COVID-19


Kids in Crisis

Conectar en la Comunidad Latina:

¿Cuales son los retos únicos?

Myriam Isaza-Postrel &

 John Hamilton

Liberation Programs, Inc.

Entender y Responder

Al Rechazo Escolar


Child Guidance Center 

of Southern CT

Consentimiento y Límites

Danielle Walker & 

Maileen Martinez

The Rowan Center

Relaciones Saludables y No Saludables

Ann Rodwell-Lawton

Domestic Violence Crisis Center

¿Qué es un(a) Trabajador(a) Social?

Maria Cisneros

Family Centers

Live Panel Discussion

How can we improve children, youth and families’ relationships and connections with each other, and strengthen one’s own mental health and wellness?

Meet Our Panelists

Olympia Della Flora

Stamford Public Schools Associate Superintendent for School Development

Olympia Della Flora has served as a teacher, principal, and now Associate Superintendent in public school both in Columbus, Ohio and Stamford, CT. She has a passion for helping to remove barriers to academic learning and opportunities for students and families to experience success. She is a strong advocate for providing mental health supports for both students, staff, and families.

Kaitlin Comet

Americorps Prevention Corps Member, The Hub

Kaitlin is an Americorps Prevention Corps member serving at The Hub (RBHAO for Region 1). Her work at The Hub includes community-focused solutions in opioid education, awareness, and stigma reduction. She is a Narcan trainer and hosts trainings for community members and organizations. She is a fierce advocate, community organizer, educator, and activist.


The Hub is the Regional Behavioral Health Action Organization (RBHAO) for Region 1 of Southwest CT:
 RYASAP Prevention Corps of Connecticut: 

Joe O'Callaghan, LCSW

District Department Head Social Work Stamford Public Schools

Joe O'Callaghan supervises social work and mental health services for the Stamford Schools. His areas of expertise include School mental health, trauma informed practices and grief and loss as well as the training of social workers.


Matthew Laskowski

Principal, Rippowam Middle School

Mr. Laskowski has been an educator for 16 years serving the Danbury and Stamford communities. Mr. Laskowski began his career as a physical eduction and health teacher and is currently the principal at Rippowam Middle School. He resides in Stamford with his wife and two children.

Rippowam Middle School
381 High Ridge Rd, Stamford, CT 06905

Reverend Dr. Robert Augustus Jackson, Jr., D.Min., Pastor,

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Reverend Dr. Robert Augustus Jackson, Jr. is married to the former Ms. Moninya Denise Hovington of Rehoboth, DE. They are the proud parents of four sons. Reverend Dr. Jackson attended Hagerstown Community College. He is a graduate of Andersonville Bible College where he received a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Payne Theological Seminary. The Reverend Dr. Jackson has also successfully completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education from the Dayton VA Medical Center in Dayton, OH. Reverend Dr. Jackson earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from New York Theological Seminary with a focus on Transformational Leadership and Faith Rooted Organizing. Since 2015, he has served as the pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church Stamford, CT.


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