Amanda Nappi

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Zero Suicide

Zero Suicide: A Push for Timely Care for People at Risk

Suicide prevention is a topic that’s very close to Patricia Hayward-Paige’s heart. The Natchaug pharmacy technician lost a close friend to suicide nearly 20 years ago. “She made an attempt and was unsuccessful,” says Hayward-Paige. “I was able to get her to a hospital and get her some help. She moved back...


Stepping Back into Society

Transition Celebrations help patients as they leave clinical setting The thought of leaving the hospital may terrify some behavioral health patients, many of whom spend days and weeks learning to cope with their diagnosis. Such feelings are not unusual, according to Shawna Jaworowski, MA, CPXP, director of Human Centered Care with the...


Partnership Builds a Bridge: Natchaug Students Create Span for Spirol Campus Walking Trail

On Tuesday, June 10, the Natchaug Hospital Joshua Center Northeast YouthWorks program presented Spirol International Corporation chairman Jeffrey Koehl with a 16-foot bridge, designed and constructed by the students for the company’s campus green walkway. Spirol, a global manufacturer headquartered in Danielson, Connecticut, has been a long supporter of Joshua...


Season 2 of ’13 Reasons Why’ Spotlights Sexual Assault

The Netflix series “13 Reasons  Why” was the subject of conversation and controversy following its March 2017 release. The show captivated a young audience and was quickly criticized by parents, school systems and mental health professionals for its graphic content and subject matter, which included teen suicide, sexual assault, bullying and...

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Hooked on Fortnite Yet? Know Someone Who Is?

Over the last few months, Fortnite, the wildly popular online multiplayer from Epic Games, has made the jump from video game to pop-culture sensation. But there are some who worry about the minds and bodies of Fortnite players. For example, when carpal tunnel syndrome caused Boston Red Sox pitcher David...


Student Group’s PSA Does its Part to Curb Opioid Abuse

A youth group facilitated by Rushford and radio station KC 101 are teaming up to help fight the opioid crisis. SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) created a public service announcement urging adults to properly dispose of their unused and expired prescription medication so it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands....


Medical Marijuana Not Approved to Treat Opioid Withdrawal

On Monday, Feb. 26, the state Board of Physicians tabled a proposal to add opioid use disorder and opioid withdrawals to Connecticut’s list of approved medical marijuana conditions, citing a need to further consult with mental health and addiction experts. The Board considered three other chronic conditions and diseases at...

Woman in shadows.

Kidnapped, Sold Into Human Trafficking, Sedated With Heroin . . .

At just 29 years old, Tiffany has endured more hardship and suffering than most can imagine. She was just 15 when she and her sister were kidnapped and sold into the human trafficking system. During her captivity, she was sedated with heroin, which started a lifelong battle with addiction. She...


‘They Just Think I Should Stop Stealing. It’s Not That Easy.’

April Devaux’s criminal record reads more like a shopping list. She’s been arrested for stealing a candy bar, one green pepper, a package of chicken, a set of pot holders. She didn’t want the stuff. She didn’t even need it. The day she lifted the chicken she had just stocked...


When Kids Say No To School: What Parents Can Do

As summer draws to a close, the new school year can stir mixed emotions for parents and children alike. But for some, the transition can be especially difficult. At least 5 percent of children will refuse or avoid school during a given school year, making it a growing issue in...


Teens, Young Adults Pre-gaming At Concerts With Alcohol: Don’t Chance It!

Dozens of people, most of them in their late teens and early 20s, were hospitalized recently following a Chance the Rapper concert in Hartford, bringing increased attention to the issue of underage binge drinking. More than 90 people were sent for medical attention, including 30 to Hartford Hospital alone, during...


At TheaterWorks, Serious Mental Health Issues Take Center Stage

When Kathy Flaherty first saw “Next to Normal” at the Bushnell in Hartford years ago, it hit close to home. The Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical, which runs through May 14 at TheaterWorks in Hartford, centers on a mother struggling with worsening bipolar disorder — a story that resounded...