Each May for Mental Health Awareness Month, Tara’s Closet hosts an annual event to raise awareness and help break the stigma that surrounds mental health.

One in five Americans will experience mental illness in their lifetime; it’s a reality of life that affects us all. The Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020 amplified the struggles we all face and made it clear just how much we need to work together to eliminate the stigma related to seeking help and support for mental health services.

It is important to recognize that mental illness does not discriminate. It affects people of all ages, races, religions, socioeconomic, and demographic profiles. It is likely that each one of us knows someone who is suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or some other mental health concern.

This issue is too big for any of us to fix alone. It will take all of us, corporate and community partners, nonprofits, and people like you, working together to end the stigma around mental health and break down barriers to mental health support.

Below you will find information about past Tara’s Closet Mental Health Awareness events.

To check out Tara’s Talks Mental Health Community Conversations, visit jfshartford.org/TaraTalks


On May 13, 2021, Tara’s Closet and Jewish Family Services presented an unforgettable evening that shined a spotlight on mental health, with a live virtual and intimate conversation with model, actress, and award-winning author, Brooke Shields.  The event, hosted by NBC Connecticut’s Mike Hydeck, aimed to change the perception around 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

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