Letter: Mental illness support group is here to help

To the Editors:

I am writing to thank The Wilton Bulletin, and reporter Christopher Burns, for the wonderful article  “Real-life support for parents,”   published Aug. 14, 2014. Mr. Burns did an outstanding job capturing the essence of NAMI-CAN (National Alliance on Mental Illness — Child and Adolescent Network Support Group). As a NAMI co-leader with Dawn Schneider, I am gratified that we were able to respond to requests from Wilton parents to bring this monthly support group into the community.

I would like to clarify one statement: NAMI-CAN support groups are open to parents and caretakers of children who have been diagnosed with mental illness.  No formal diagnosis is needed. All parents, grandparents, and childcare providers (for children under the age of 18) with concerns about any behavioral, emotional or developmental issues are welcome to attend NAMI-CAN support groups.

Thank you for raising awareness of the mental, emotional, and behavioral health of our children and the need for support for caregivers. I extend an open invitation to the residents of Wilton, Weston, Redding, Ridgefield and surrounding communities to join our free support groups, held the fourth Monday of every month (Aug. 25, Sept. 22, Oct. 27, Nov. 24, and Dec. 22, 2014), from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the G&B Cultural Center, 49 New Street, Georgetown.

Sheryl Kayne

Weston, Aug. 18