Let’s Talk Mental Health Series

at Bedford Playhouse

Recognizing that healing begins with shared experiences, honest conversations, leading-edge knowledge and resources, Bedford Playhouse Film Series informs, inspires and connects.

Let’s Talk Bedford brings public events, leading experts, shared resources and informal discussions to the community that advance the cause of addressing mental health and substance use disorders as early as possible, encouraging conversation, shared resources and an end to isolation and stigma.


Mutual aid is the voluntary, reciprocal exchange of resources, ideas, and support for the mutual benefit of all individuals involved, to advance our mission as a community hub and welcoming space during difficult times, we hope you will join us for virtual gatherings and conversations.


 Date: To be announced



with former NBA player, Chris Herren

followed by a Zoom Webinar and Q&A at 7:45

with Dr. Jonathan Avery, Addiction Psychiatrist

Sponsored by

DAPC – Drug Abuse Prevention Council

Bedford • Lewisboro • Pound Ridge

The First Day will help parents, teachers, coaches and all caring adults cultivate a deeper understanding of how to lovingly support the kids in their lives as they deal with the pressures of growing up. The film’s message to understand why our kids decide to try alcohol or drugs.

Former NBA player Chris Herren speaks to high school students across the country about struggle, about addiction, about recovery, and about finding purpose. The film is powerful and sheds meaningful insights with a compassionate focus on the reasons why young people turn to substances in the first place.                                                         

 Date: To be announced

Webinar and Q & A

with Dr. Jonathan Avery, Addiction Psychiatrist

Dr. Avery is currently the Director of Addiction Psychiatry and an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill CorDirector of Addiction Psychiatry, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Founder of the Addiction Stigma Institute. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Avery teaches addiction psychiatry to the Weill Cornell medical students and residents of New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

He has been published on a broad variety of topics in psychiatry,He is the founder of the Addiction Stigma Institute that studies stigma towards individuals with substance use disorders and creates novel interventions to improve these stigmatizing attitudes.  He was on the editorial board for the DSM-5 Clinical Cases book, and is the editor of the books Co-occurring Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders:  A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment and The Stigma of Addiction:  An Essential Guide.  He has won numerous awards for his clinical and academic work, including the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Faculty Innovation in Education Award and the Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the New York County Psychiatric Society

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