WATERTOWN-WATERBURY — Parent Connection announces the addition of the third location offering weekly Hope & Support meetings in the Watertown/Waterbury area. Due to the increase in overdoses and deaths of young people over the past 6 months, Parent Connection had requests for another location and started looking for space in the Watertown/Waterbury area. The Walnut Hill Community Church located at 274 Bunker Hill Ave., Waterbury has offered space in their building.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the group will meet via Zoom from 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday starting January 12.

The hope is to be able to meet in person in the coming months. The group will provide a safe and confidential forum to share openly while receiving peer support, information, compassion and hope.

The group will be led by two licensed professionals with personal experience. Lynn Tidgwell is a licensed clinical social worker who has been practicing for the past 12 years. She entered the profession after being inspired by the many mental health professionals who gave their support throughout her own family’s struggle with substance use disorders.

Ms. Tidgewell’s belief is that unconditional love must guide actions with loved ones. 

She will be facilitating this group in honor of her son Daniel, who lost his life to a substance use disorder.

Janet Rooney is a psychiatric advanced practice nurse with more than 25 years of experience. She has worked in out-patient and in-patient psychiatric facilities doing direct care as well as leadership positions. Ms. Rooney has taught psychiatric nursing at the undergraduate and graduate level. Currently she has a private psychotherapy practice in Wallingford. She also co-facilitates a Hope and Support Group in Middlefield. Ms. Rooney will be co-facilitating this group in honor of her son Luke, who lost his life to a substance use disorder.

Newtown Parent Connection, Inc, is a non-profit organization which provides resources for individuals and families affected by substance use disorder.

The Mission of Parent Connection is to educate and empower the community in the prevention of substance abuse and to embrace families in crisis.

Newtown Parent Connection was formed in 1993.

Through the Hope & Support Group, it offers education and support and embraces families who don’t know where to turn. The support groups are safe and confidential forums which receive peer and professional support. Members may retain their anonymity and do not have to share. 

Locations are at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 71 River St., Milford, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday. Meetings are currently being held onsite. For further information, call Dorrie Carolan at 203-270-1600.

A Tuesday meeting takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. via Zoom at Walnut Hill Community Church, 274 Bunker Hill Ave., Waterbury. Due to Covid restrictions the group will begin with Zoom meetings, which began on January 12.

Zoom information is located on the website at www.NewtownParentConnection.org and the Newtown Parent Connection facebook page. For more information, contact either Lynn Tidgwell at 203-217-0025 or Janet Rooney at 860-685-1326.

A Thursday meeting takes place at the office from 7 to 9 p.m. at Newtown Parent Connection, 2 Washington Square, Fairfield Hills, Newtown. Meetings are onsite. For further information, call Dorrie Carolan at 203-270-1600.

Parent Connection offers a monthly Bereavement Support group which is a compassionate venue for those who have lost a child or loved one due to substance abuse or catastrophic circumstances.

The meeting is held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. The group is facilitated by a licensed therapist via Zoom. Zoom information is on the website.

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