Golf tourney to benefit local agency serving children

The Parent Child Resource Center (PCRC), which serves Shelton, will have its 14th annual golf tournament on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Whitney Farms Golf Course in Monroe.

The “Fore! The Children” tournament will include golf, lunch, cocktails, awards dinner, and raffle.

Proceeds will benefit the many mental health and related services offered by the Lower Naugatuck Valley PCRC, which assists more than 1,200 children a year. Many of the children helped by the agency suffer from serious behavioral and emotional problems, such as trauma, abuse and neglect.

The Lower Naugatuck PCRC is based in Derby and serves Shelton, Ansonia, Derby, Oxford and Seymour. It has been serving families in the region since 1975.

Signing up to participate

The tournament cost is $195 per golfer, or $75 for dinner only. There also are sponsorship opportunities.

Learn more about the event at . Or contact the PCRC’s Krista MacGregor at 203-954-0543, ext. 130 or

Many children face mental challenges

One in five children in the United States has a diagnosable mental disorder, such as depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and anxiety, conduct and eating disorders. Additionally, one in 10 has a serious emotional disturbance that disrupts daily function at home, school or in the community.

Child and adolescent mental health disorders can lead to school failure, family conflicts, drug abuse, violence and even suicide. Untreated mental health disorders can be very costly to families, communities and the healthcare system.