The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, a nonprofit mental health outpatient center for children and adolescents, received a $12,000 grant from the First County Bank Foundation to support emergency mobile psychiatric services in Darien, New Canaan, Stamford and Greenwich.

With an emphasis on youth suicide and violence prevention, the EMPS team provides immediate mental health assessment and crisis stabilization services to young people experiencing serious psychiatric symptoms and severe reactions to a recent traumatic event. Services are available seven days a week and are provided wherever they are needed: At home, school or in the larger community.

The CGC is designated by the state Department of Children and Families as the provider of EMPS in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, when a local call is placed through the 24 hour 2-1-1 system for crisis intervention. Over the past year, members of the EMPS team have responded to several intense crisis situations, and were part of the statewide mobilization of EMPS teams deployed to Newtown after the tragic mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. More recently, when a 12-year-old boy drowned in the waters off Cove Beach in Stamford, the team was called to the scene by police to provide assistance to the child's friends, who witnessed the drowning and tried to save him.

Richard Zaremski, senior vice president of First County Bank, said, "We are amazed at the scope of critical services provided by the Child Guidance Center, and proud to support its capacity to prevent suicides and violence and deliver critical services when tragedy strikes our community."

First County Bank has a branch at 1006 Post Road, Darien.

"Like we say on our website, we're not just bankers. We're also your neighbors," said Rey Giallongo Jr., chairman and CEO of First County Bank and president of the foundation. "We have a long-standing relationship with the people we serve and have always strived to make our community a better place to live."

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First County Bank has a branch at 1006 Post Road, Darien.