Compassion Counts

Thank you to everyone who attended December 3rd’s Compassion Counts: Restoring Compassion & Self Care in our Lives.  A special thanks to Middlesex Community College for all the extra support to make sure the event went off without a hitch (on a snow day)!  Gilead’s COO, Justin Salvio, moderated the event and began the evening with a simple meditation practice. Tracey Sondik, Psy.D., keynote speaker, and panelists, Dr. Michael Kalinowski, Linda Lentini, Chaplain Dennis McCann and Kelvin Young all brought their unique talents and experiences to the conversation.

Check out Justin Salvio, Gilead’s COO talk about Compassion Counts on November 22nd’s episode of Feel Good Friday at


Past Compassion Counts Events

Check out News 8 WTNH spot on the recent Compassion Counts: Weathering the Adolescent Storm in a Pressure Filled World!

“When It Comes To Teens, Compassion Counts,” Harbor News 1/9/19

Over 200 people attended the Compassion Counts: Weathering the Adolescent Storm in a Pressure Filled World on January 31st.  The audience watched family skits on the do’s and don’ts of handling sample stressful family scenarios; a teen panel spoke eloquently and honestly about their experiences dealing with the daily stresses of school, extracurricular activities, family, friends and social situations; and ended with a Q&A.  The evening was facilitated by Alicia Farrell, Tom Allen, and Andy Buccarro and moderated by Dan Osborne. Thank you to the many partners that supported this event!


About Compassion Counts

A group of over 30 providers throughout Middlesex County joined forces to create what is now called Compassion Counts. Compassion Counts hosts two forums throughout the year — a shoreline location and in Middletown — to initiate a community conversation about mental health. Compassion Counts provides the community with an opportunity to listen and learn from each other, and work together to support mental wellness with meaningful action.

Mental Wellness Fund
Following the first Compassion Counts held in 2014, an anonymous donor started the Mental Wellness Fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County to ensure the conversation about mental health issues and services would continue in our communities.

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To be part of the Compassion Counts Planning Committee please email us here.