Resources for Mental and Behavioral Health

Addiction Center

Addiction and suicide have a very complicated relationship, where addiction greatly increases the risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts and tendencies greatly increase the risk of addiction. AddictionCenter.com, connects individuals struggling with addiction to treatment options, as well as providing valuable information about substance dependence.

Advocacy Unlimited, Inc. (AU)

Offers comprehensive recovery and advocacy education for people with or in recovery from mental health and/or addiction issues. Courses include Recovery University, a state sanctioned certification program for Recovery Support Specialist; Compassionate Activism, our new advocacy education course; the Young Adult “Super Advocate” Program; and the “Join Rise Be” Young Adult Initiative.

Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)

CCAR strives to end discrimination surrounding addiction and recovery, open new doors and remove barriers to recovery, maintain and sustain recovery regardless of the pathway, all the while ensuring that all people in recovery, and people seeking recovery, are treated with dignity and respect.

CT Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services for Youth 18 and under

Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) is a mobile intervention service for children and adolescents experiencing a behavioral or mental health crisis that is accessed by calling 2-1-1. Funded by the CT Department of Children and Families and in partnership with the United Way of CT/2-1-1, the program comprises a team of nearly 150 trained mental health professionals across the state that can respond immediately by phone or face to face within 45 minutes when a child is experiencing an emotional or behavioral crisis. The purpose of the program is to serve children in their homes and communities, reduce the number of visits to hospital Emergency Rooms, and divert them from hospitalization if a lower level of care is a safe, effective alternative. Please call 911 in the event of an emergency that involves imminent risk to self or others.

CT Crisis Services for Adults 19 and over

If you or someone you know is experiencing or at risk of experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis please call your local Mobile Crisis Response Team listed by town. These are interdisciplinary teams of mental health professionals available to provide short-term crisis response, stabilization and intervention. They go to the person in need, so that the individual can remain in a comfortable environment. Timely response and intervention reduces the risk of the crisis escalating, and is an alternative to hospitalization. Please call 911 in the event of an emergency that involves imminent risk to self or others.

CT Network of Care

The CT Network of Care is a resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental health. The website provides information about mental health services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features. Regardless of where you begin your search for assistance with mental health issues, the Network of Care helps you find what you need – it helps ensure that there is “No Wrong Door” for those who need services. This Web site can greatly assist in our efforts to protect our greatest human asset – our beautiful minds.

Following Up With Individuals at High Risk for Suicide: Developing A Model For Crisis Hotline And Emergency Department Collaboration

In the United States, more than 33,000 people die each year by suicide (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2009). Many of these are people that were previously seen in the emergency room setting. While it is difficult to predict with certainty whether an individual who has attempted suicide will make future suicide attempts, what we do know is that the likelihood is high and improving the management of those recently discharged from an ED setting should be an important component of any suicide prevention effort (Litts, Radke, & Silverman, 2008).

Join Rise Be

A statewide, peer-run initiative for young people in Connecticut.

NAMI Connecticut

NAMI Connecticut provides support, education, and advocacy for all Connecticut citizens affected by mental illness.

Now Matters Now

We have had suicidal thoughts and emotions and problems that felt unsolvable. Here are our stories, including research based ways for managing the most painful moments of life. We teach Mindfulness, Mindfulness of Current Emotion, Opposite Action and Paced-breathing. These skills are part of Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT, proven to be helpful for people considering suicide. These tools are not considered a replacement for one-to-one counseling. You do not have to have suicidal thoughts or mental health problems to use these tools – they are useful for most people and many problems.

Toivo

Toivo by Advocacy Unlimited is an initiative that includes statewide classes, workshops and a mind/body focused wellness center where people can engage in expert facilitated yoga, meditation, fitness and strength training, creative writing, expressive art, walk/run groups, nutrition workshops, drum circles and much more!

Turning Point CT

TurningPointCT.org was developed by young people in Connecticut who are in recovery from mental health and substance use issues. While we’re not clinicians, we know what it’s like to feel alone, stressed, worried, sad, and angry. We’ve lived through the ups and downs of self-harm, drugs and alcohol, and the struggle to find help. Fortunately, we found what worked for us. Our goal is to provide information and support to help you choose your path so that you don’t have to struggle the way we did.


LIFELINE CRISIS CHAT

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Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

Mobile Crisis Intervention Services for Youth

Dial 2-1-1 or Visit empsct.org.

Adult Mobile Crisis Services



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