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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.