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Please join Tara’s Closet and Jewish Family Services for an unforgettable evening discussion as we shine a spotlight on mental health.

One in five Americans will experience mental illness in their lifetime; it is a reality of life that affects us all. In the past year, the pandemic has only amplified the struggles we all face and made it clear just how much we all need to work together to combat mental health stigma and support each other.

Join us for this illuminating, intimate live conversation with model, actress, and award-winning author, Brooke Shields, as she shares her journey with depression. Hosted by NBC Connecticut’s Mike Hydeck, this virtual event aims to break the stigma of seeking help for mental health and remind each of us, “YOU ARE NOT ALONE”.



BROOKE SHIELDS, Actress, model, author, and mental health advocate

Brooke Shields has spent her life in the spotlight. Yet being America’s Sweetheart when she was only 14 didn’t spare her the difficulties and insecurities faced by so many. She talks candidly about her career trajectory and life in the public eye, living with an alcoholic parent and her own experiences as a mother.

In 2006, Brooke wrote her best-selling memoir, Down Came the Rain, detailing her struggles with post-partum depression, its impact on her family and friends, and her use of therapy & medication. The book created a watershed moment in public awareness of the disease.

Audiences will find her story resonates with their own lives as Shields talks openly about finding the mental and emotional strength to live life to the fullest.

Read More About Brooke Here


MIKE HYDECK, NBC Connecticut

Mike Hydeck is an evening anchor at NBC Connecticut. He can be seen weekdays at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. alongside co-anchor Keisha Grant and First Alert Chief Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan. Before returning to his home state, Mike was a morning anchor at WUSA in Washington, D.C. Among the highlights of his career were covering two presidential inaugurations as well as Pope Francis’ address to Congress.

Read Mike’s Full Bio Here


How will I access the event?

A few days before the event, a link to access the live stream will be sent to all attendees.

What is the cost to attend?

This year’s virtual event will have a free admission option. We hope you will join us!

If you are able, we are suggesting a donation of $18.00 to support the work of Tara’s Closet. For those wanting to take the next step in making the services we provide sustainable, we have several Mental Health Champion support levels at $180, $360, and $540. More information on all of these options can be found when you click through to “Tickets.”

How can I sponsor the event?

Thank you for considering sponsorship! Sponsors are a crucial part of supporting Tara’s Closet’s work to meet the mental health needs of our community. We have several sponsorship levels available.

Please contact our Development Director, Elisabeth at EKostin@jfshartford.org to learn more about our sponsorship benefits package.

Can attendees ask questions during the event?

Although this won’t be an interactive event, we have a space in the ticket order form where you can submit a question for Brooke ahead of time. The program length is limited, so we can’t guarantee your question will be asked, but we will get to as many questions as possible.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Jewish Family Services can be reached during regular office hours, Monday through Friday. For questions or assistance please contact us by email at BDoyle@jfshartford.org or call the office at 860.236.1927.

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