5/19/2021 - Come for the Laughs and Leave empowered - Fairfield CARES 2021 Annual Event

Fairfield CARES Community Coalition

The Town Resource For Healthy Choices

Come for the Laughs and Leave empowered!

The live virtual event took place on May 19th, 2021. A recording can be viewed here.

Empower young people to find their natural highs and support them in tangible ways to help them make healthy choices.


About this Event

The goal of this webinar is to help improve the quality of life for both parents and their teens.

During the webinar, we want you to have a good laugh.

Dr. Bellace has a powerful message – we need to support young people in both words and actions if we want them to make healthy choices for themselves

Research supports that well-adjusted teenagers have stronger non-cognitive skills, such as self-control, grit, resilience and sense of worth.

This webinar will focus on how parents can help foster those skills in a supportive environment. You will hear about techniques such as mindfulness meditation, effective communication and using natural highs as healthy coping mechanisms against stress, alcohol and other drug use and bullying behavior.

As a clinical psychologist and stand-up comedian, Dr. Bellace uses humor to convey his very powerful message: we need to support young people with both words and actions if we want them to make healthy choices. In this interactive and entertaining program, participants will gain a better understanding of:

  • adolescent brain development and compassion
  • how to more effectively communicate with teens around sensitive issues
  • how screen time, sleep deprivation and substance use can impact mental health
  • the science behind healthy coping mechanisms, such as positive social support, meditation, exercise and other “natural highs”

About the Presenter, Dr. Matt Bellace

Dr. Matt Bellace, Psychologist & Comedian, Author of “A Better High”
Since 1995, Matt Bellace has been a professional speaker and stand-up comedian. Each year, his programs encourage over a hundred thousand youth and adults to pursue “natural highs” and be resilient in the face of stress.

Dr. Bellace has a Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology (the study of the brain and behavior). He worked at the National Institutes of Mental Health and the traumatic brain and spinal cord injury units at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

He’s the author of the book, A Better High, a contributing author for National Geographic Kids and was a recurring comedian on truTV's World's Dumbest.

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