People Interrupted: Navigating Poverty in Eastern Connecticut
In 2015, the Eastern Regional Mental Health Board began partnering with the Robert E. Davidson Fund to establish a new project in memory of Robert Davidson, who had served as the Executive Director of the ERMHB for 14 years (click here to learn more). Out of that partnership the "People Interrupted Project" was created, with the goal of addressing the systemic issues and barriers faced by people living with mental illness.
Transportation is consistently identified as one of the greatest obstacles to recovery in our region. The lack of reliable, affordable, and accessible transportation can adversely affect getting to medical appointments, engaging in social and recreational activities, and maintaining employment. Residents in Eastern Connecticut, especially in its predominantly rural areas, view transportation as a colossal problem to overcome.
The purpose of our transportation videos is not only to create public awareness but also, by providing useful information, to involve the broader community in brainstorming and advocating for solutions with Connecticut’s lawmakers.
View these videos below, or visit the People Interrupted Project Youtube Channel.
People Interrupted: Transportation (short)
Transportation is consistently identified as one of the greatest obstacles that people who live with mental illness in Eastern Connecticut face in their journey to recovery. Hear some of their stories in this short video.
A Closer Look: Transportation Barriers to Employment
Lack of adequate transportation in Eastern Connecticut often makes it very difficult for low-income people to maintain consistent, gainful employment, which is the only way for an individual to climb out of poverty. Listen to Francine and Matt's stories now.
A Closer Look: Bad Weather Complicates Transportation
Traveling in bad weather can be dangerous for anyone, but for people relying on public transportation, snow and rain cause many complications and add significant stress to their daily routines.