Meg Domino

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New Canaan Library, Integrative Mental Health Practice To Present Documentary ‘Angst,’ Panel Discussion

An integrative mental health practice and New Canaan Library are teaming up to present a documentary film and panel discussion next week that address what local experts call some of the most prevalent health-related challenges facing youth in town. “Angst,” a much-discussed documentary designed to raise awareness about anxiety, with an emphasis on youth and families, is to be presented at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22 in the Lamb Room at the library. The screening and discussion are sponsored by Stamford-based Riverwalk Group and the library (register here). Elissa Stein, founder of Riverwalk Group, which provides therapy, support and programming to people in all stages of life, said New Canaan forms a major piece of her clientele and that she arranged for the free event since “we are hearing more and more from all pieces of the family—parents who are anxious, children who are anxious, grandparents who are anxious.”

“We have cases where children are coming back from college and they cannot have success at college because they are so riddled with anxiety that they come back home,” Stein, a resident of north Stamford, told NewCanaanite.com on a recent morning during an interview at Zumbach’s. Continue Reading →

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Meg Domino To Step Down as Executive Director of New Canaan CARES

New Canaan’s foremost expert on youth, parent and community health planning is to step down at the end of this academic year, according to officials at the nonprofit organization she has steered for more than a dozen years. Meg Domino, executive director of New Canaan CARES, who holds a doctorate in public health and is known in the community for her ready participation in a wide range of human services endeavors in New Canaan—including with fellow nonprofits, the school district and town—will continue with regular programming through July 1, according to a press release. She “will serve in an advisory capacity to ensure a smooth transition,” the press release said. Known nationally and even internationally in her field, Domino is a widely influential author and researcher who has worked with New Canaan CARES for 16 years. Her expertise increasingly has been in demand here, for example, as New Canaan youth and families face intense pressures and challenges amid the rise and prevalence of opioids, cyberbullying and social media. Continue Reading →

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Camp LiveGirl Empowers, Inspires Fairfield County Middle School Girls

“I am smart, I am strong, I am special,” chanted 100 passionate girls at Camp LiveGirl, which recently concluded its second summer camp session at New Canaan High School. Camp LiveGirl brought together a diverse group of middle school girls from all over Fairfield County for a week of leadership development and empowerment. I had the opportunity to attend Camp LiveGirl and was amazed by the impact that a week of leadership development and empowerment had on the girls. I witnessed transformations from shy, hesitant girls to bubbly, confident girls. I believe the magic ingredient is how LiveGirl facilitates team bonding through hands-on leadership activities, sports, and musical theatre games. Continue Reading →

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Letter: LiveGirl, A Story About Kindness and Community

Dear Editor:

I want to share a story about kindness and community. Topics that, too often, go unmentioned. One year ago, LiveGirl was just a seed of an idea for a one-week summer camp that would make a small difference. It has since grown into an organization that provides year-round programming, making a big difference, for over 100 middle school girls across Fairfield County. Our focus is on leadership, empowerment and diversity so that the young girls of our community are more confident and better prepared for the future. Continue Reading →

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‘We Never Want To Say No’: State Eliminates Funding for Kids In Crisis, Jeopardizing Services

One day after school last week, a New Canaan teen phoned the Kids In Crisis 24/7 hotline because a friend here in town appeared to be suicidal. Familiar with Kids In Crisis because of its TeenTalk program at New Canaan High School, the adolescent connected with caseworker (and TeenTalk counselor) Ed Milton. Within minutes, he met with the troubled youth, performed a full assessment, secured a psychiatric evaluation and resolved the issue by referring to an outside agency. The interaction between a New Canaan teen and Milton—a fixture at NCHS who has earned his position as a trusted adult for scores of local adolescents, such as the friend in this case, by connecting and engaging with them—emerges far more frequently than locals may know. Through TeenTalk last academic year, Milton served 149 NCHS students in individual counseling sessions, according to Kids In Crisis, and cases can touch on everything from family conflict and domestic violence to depression, alcohol and substance abuse, peer and social issues such as bullying, divorce, depression, stress, anxiety and suicide—sometimes resulting in youths spending a night in a bed at the organization’s Greenwich campus (families to this point have not been charged for the service, as the state has been helping by paying a per diem—more on that below). Continue Reading →

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