Dec 05

Agenda for December 7 Meeting

Ridgefield Youth Commission Meeting
December 7, 2016
7:00pm at The Barn
**Please bring a holiday treat to share at the meeting!**
Woodberry Parent Connection
Trans Youth & Allies Support Group
Bens Bells
RYC Mission Clarification and Goal Setting

Nov 14

“Bordeline” Documentary at the Ridgefield Playhouse on 11/15


Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7pm 

The first Documentary to capture the lived experience of Borderline Personality Disorder

HamletHub Whole New You Series
Partially underwritten by Reliance Merchant Services
Presented by Silver Hill Hospital

Post Screening Panel Discussion immediately following film includes: Rebbie Ratner, Film Director, Regina V., BORDERLINE Main Character, Dr. Aaron Krasner, Director, Adolescent Transitional Living Program at Silver Hill Hospital and Gina Pulice, LCSW

People say having a Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) diagnosis is equivalent to walking through life with a Do Not Resuscitate order. To the extent that it is portrayed in popular culture, the disorder is often caricatured, turned into something cartoonish and pathetic: shrieking outbursts, bleeding eyeliner, dark mascara and slashed wrists. This film does not do that.

The documentary follows one person with the borderline diagnosis who gives us access to her internal world. Regina is a 45-year old woman – outta work and outta love. Witty and self-aware, she makes observations that are uncomfortable but astute, reacts on impulse, attacks, distracts, meditates, trips over herself, laughs, burns bridges, makes social gaffes, apologizes, loses her cool, philosophizes and remains dogged in her search for recovery.

Borderline is very much a disease of perception where one lives in rigid adherence to a single point of view at any one moment. When the moment shifts, so does the point of view. The individual lives in a constantly oscillating state of seemingly conflicting feelings that can’t be reconciled, struggling to hold multiple perspectives simultaneously. And so it is for Regina.

It is the behaviors generated in this unpredictable emotional landscape that account for some scary statistics: an estimated 1-2 percent of the US population carry the diagnosis, 80% of these people attempt suicide, and 10% succeed. Approximately 25% of the substance addicted and 25% of the eating disorder populations meet the diagnostic criteria for BPD, yet few are actually given a diagnosis. This has been Regina’s experience: a history of substance abuse, suicide attempts, self-harm, fractured relationships, difficulty maintaining employment, and misdiagnosis. This film tracks her sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious attempts to challenge and heal herself.

Tickets are FREE! 


Nov 04

Narcan Training on December 6

Please see the attached flyer regarding Narcan Training on December 6 at the Ridgefield Library.


This training is sponsored by Silver Hill Hospital and the Ridgefield Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse (RCCASA).


Flyer is attached here: narcan-training-flyer-december-2016.

Oct 30

“Ben’s Bells” Lecture on Kindness at WCSU (and November RYC Meeting)


Ben’s Bells Founder and Executive Director Jeannette Mare will speak about “Be Kind Now: It’s Time to Get Serious about Kindness” at 7 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Mare will lead a discussion about the challenges and opportunities we encounter in every interaction as we strive to create kinder communities. Mare will reflect on her own experiences with kindness in the face of devastating grief, will share her work with the Ben’s Bells project, and will discuss the emerging body of research on the science of kindness. There will be a 6 p.m. reception in White Hall prior to the talk. Tickets will be free for WCSU students with valid I.D., $5 for WCSU faculty and staff with I.D., $5 for non-WCSU students and $10 for the public. Get tickets at


The Ridgefield Youth Commission’s November meeting will be attending this lecture.

The next formal RYC meeting will be on Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00pm at The Barn.

Oct 16

Talk and Book Signing by Alan Schwarz, Author of “ADHD Nation”

Please see the attached flyer regarding Alan Schwarz’s talk and book signing at the Ridgefield Library on November 9 from 7:00-9:00pm.



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