Community Events

We all play a part as a community to protect our youth. It is everyone’s responsibility to encourage & empower them to make healthy choices.

Tuesday, May 9th

Opioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention

Only 1% of Wethersfield youth reported using prescription drugs not for medical purposes. While rates among Wethersfield youth are low, public health data indicate that young adults and adults are at risk of experiencing an opioid overdose.

Wednesday, May 10th

Illicit Drug Use and Youth Cannabis Use

  • 5% of Wethersfield youth grades 9-12 reported using marijuana in the past month.
  • Only 84% of Wethersfield youth grades 7-12 report having clear family rules around marijuana/THC.
  • Legal for adults doesn’t mean safe for teens.

Thursday, May 11th

Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse Prevention

Alcohol is the most frequently used substance in Wethersfield youths’ lifetimes (15.4% in grades 7-12), and the most frequently used substance in the past month (7.5%). Ease of access to substances has been shown to have a significant relationship with youth substance use. Only 62% of youth believe accessing alcohol is very hard or sort of hard, these numbers decrease as youth get older, send a clear message by locking up alcohol and other drugs in your home.

Friday, May 12th

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

  • 27% of Wethersfield youth grades 7-12 reported feeling anxious always or almost always in the past year.
  • 9.5% of youth reported having considered attempting suicide in the past year. Everyone can take action to help prevent suicide.
  • If you or someone you know exhibits any of the signs seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional at 2-1-1 or calling the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 9-8-8.

Saturday, May 13th

Youth Tobacco Use
(E-cigarettes and Vaping)

13% of Wethersfield youth grades 9-12 reported ever using vape products with nicotine. Youth report getting vape products most frequently from friends or peers, followed by the store. Many who use vape products perceive it to be a “safer” alternative to cigarettes, however, e-cigarettes often contain various harmful chemicals.

Raise Your Hand and Get Involved

Volunteers are always welcome! There are so many opportunities for residents to get involved in our community. Contact us or give us a call at 860.721.2882. Let’s make a difference together!