Many families in Fairfield have been impacted by mental illness and the tragic consequences that can occur when adequate systems and supports don't exist or aren't accessible. The heartbreaking events in Newtown last December have particular resonance as families, educators and public officials struggle to address the need for effective interventions and meaningful support.

The public is invited to participate in a conversation about mental health in our community hosted by Fairfield's chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Two evenings are planned. The first is on Wednesday, Oct. 30, and the second on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Both will take place at First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Road from 6 to 9 p.m.

Seating is limited for the event. Light refreshments will be served.

To register, visit http://healthymindsct.org/ and for more information visit http://creatingcommunitysolutions.org.