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Phase 1: Awareness

It’s about the small steps. If you live with depression or anxiety, it can often feel like a huge hurdle to even get out of bed. Start small…drink a glass of water, listen to a favorite song. Each small step adds up. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, call 211 (In CT) or Call/Text 988. Chat 988Lifeline.org. For resources visit www.preventsuicidect.org.

 Social support in any form has been proven to be good for mental health. Time spent with those that you trust and that care about you is good for everyone. Too much time on your own can make you feel lonely, so it is important to make an effort to spend time with others. If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, call 211 (In CT) or Call/Text 988. Chat 988Lifeline.org. For resources visit www.preventsuicidect.org.

When you are not well, you and those around you, want to help. Having to wait for a change can be hard.  You want to see results right now, yesterday, last week. But it’s a waiting game, and in the meantime have patience.  If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, call 211 (In CT) or Call/Text 988. Chat 988Lifeline.org. For resources visit www.preventsuicidect.org.

Raising a child can be challenging. Even under the best circumstances, their behaviors and emotions can change frequently and rapidly. How can you tell the difference between challenging behaviors and emotions that are a normal part of growing up and those that are cause for concern?  If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, call 211 (In CT) or Call/Text 988. Chat 988Lifeline.org. For resources visit www.preventsuicidect.org.

I'm worried about my child.
Estoy preocupada por la salud mental de mi hijo.

Phase 2: Action-oriented

Goals can do wonders for your mental health. When you achieve your goals, it can make you feel proud of yourself and boost your self-esteem. Remember that when you are setting goals for yourself, it is important to know yourself, your strengths, and limits. If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, call 211 (In CT) or Call/Text 988. Chat 988Lifeline.org. For resources visit www.preventsuicidect.org.

Perhaps you’re not having the best week… or month… or year. You’re not alone; many people feel the same. No matter how bad it feels now, it won’t feel this way forever, so if you’ve been struggling, do little things to help you feel better – take a walk, listen to music, snuggle with a pet, reach out to the people in your world whom you know care about you. At these times, having some “go-to” coping strategies can make a huge difference.  If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, call 211 (In CT) or Call/Text 988. Chat 988Lifeline.org. For resources visit www.preventsuicidect.org.

Phase 3: Healthy Adults

It’s no secret that pets can contribute to our happiness. Studies show that dogs and cats especially reduce stress, anxiety and depression, ease loneliness, increase feelings of social support, and encourage exercise and improve overall health. If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, call 211 (In CT) or Call/Text 988. Chat 988Lifeline.org. For resources visit www.preventsuicidect.org.