Let’s face it, the past two years have been intense. While we have more to face, especially with our mental health, MHC believes those challenges will be a lot less scary if we face them together.

For Mental Health Awareness Month this year, we set out to find 31 Connecticut residents, with unique experiences, who can share the impact of stigma and how they found ways to heal and move forward. Why stigma? Stigma is pervasive. Stigma shows up in many forms. And, we know that stigma loses its power if we face it head on.

Thank you to our friends at ConnectiCare and all our sponsors for their generous sponsorship. For this campaign, we brought in Janet Reynolds, MHC’s creator of Write On!, and Cara Paiuk of Face Forward Headshots to help our 31s share their experiences and their most amazing faces. We can’t thank them enough for their brilliant work behind the scenes.

Click on an image in the calendar below to read that “story of the day”.


Each day in May we will spotlight a CT resident who has come forward to share their personal stories of stigma. Click each image on the calendar to view the stories shared thus far.

Sean Dita Jose Ally Nikki Chion Rich Amy Ym Megan Laura Jazz Dustin Kelvin Susan Jeff Ryan Doris Jim Amanda Melissa Kailey Kailey Vern Jamie Amy Delmoni Kathy Sacha Quyên Jennifer Jacquilyn



Are you ready? Let’s face it, together! 

Be sure to follow us @MentalHealthCT on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or connect with us on LinkedIn so you don’t miss a post! Each day we focused on a new CT resident and a small piece of their story, help us share them far and wide using the hashtag #LetsFaceIt.

This year, MHC is raising funds for Write On!, a unique program of MHC that is designed for individuals who want to find their voice and share their truth through the healing power of writing and storytelling. Want to fundraise for MHC? Launch your fundraising page here, or start a Facebook/Instagram fundraiser.

Join us by setting up a fundraising page or making a donation today by clicking the below button to help us reach our goal!

Each person’s healing journey is different. We know that highlighting 31 Connecticut residents only scratches the surface of this important conversation. We also know that a journey to mental wellbeing does not have to be faced alone. That’s why we’re inviting you to come along for the journey, share these stories and share your own post using #LetsFaceIt.

Check out MHC “in the news” for Mental Health Awareness Month 2022 

Fox  interview with Megan Baker

WTNH interview with Dita Bhargava

WTNH interview with Ym fka Chad Browne-Singer

WTNH interview with Jeff Bravin

WTNH Interview with Vern Montoute

Access to Care Cannot Be Equitable While Stigma Remains Pervasive June 1, 2022 – Read Article

For Resources…

If you or someone you know is seeking support today, you can contact MHC’s toll-free number 1-800-842-1501 or information@mhconn.org

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis and needs to reach someone right away, don’t wait:





In Connecticut, call the Action Line 24/7 for a warm transfer to Mobile Crisis:





Thank you to our sponsors! 

Thanks to the generosity of our friends at ConnectiCare for sponsoring #LetsFaceit, MHC will continue to make a difference through the power of storytelling. To become a supporter of Write On!, please contact development@mhconn.org.

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About Janet Reynolds

Janet Reynolds is an award-winning writer and editor and former high school English teacher. Reynolds has created nine magazines and is an award-winning investigative journalist. As a seasoned editor and marketer who understands how to tell a story and how to get that story out to the world, she is currently writing a memoir about her family’s journey with schizophrenia. She is also starting The Invisible Memoirs Project, a non-profit dedicated to helping the disenfranchised understand, tell and, when interested, share their stories. Reynolds holds a Masters in English Literature from Trinity College and lives in Canton, Connecticut with her family.

About Cara Paiuk

Cara Puiak of Faceforward Headshots is Connecticut’s top headshot photographer serving every county (Hartford, New Haven, Fairfield, New London, Litchfield, Tolland, Windham, Middlesex) as well as Western Massachusetts (Springfield, Northampton, Amherst) and New York suburbs (Westchester, Poughkeepsie, Hudson River Valley) with two convenient studios in West Hartford & Greenwich.