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MENTAL HEALTH

"No matter how difficult the past, you can always begin again today."

— Jack Kornfield

We believe that everyone deserves to feel safe, secure, and happy. This resource page aims to help you, friends, and loved ones to easily find help where and when you need it, from dozens of wonderful community resources surrounding us.

NAMI Offers Family to Family Program

NAMI Offers Family to Family Program

Published April 14, 2022
In the first in-person class to be offered by NAMI Shoreline at the Guilford Community Center, 32 Church Street Guilford, in two years, the NAMI Family-to-Family Program ...

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Strength-4-Survivors Challenge Offers Support, Education, Hope

Strength-4-Survivors Challenge Offers Support, Education, Hope

Published March 03, 2021
The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services (UCDVS) is offering the Strength-4-Survivors challenge starting Saturday, March 13. Participants in the challenge, whic...

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Resources, Technology Tips for Domestic Violence Services

Resources, Technology Tips for Domestic Violence Services

Published March 03, 2021
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, or experiencing intimate partner violence or domestic violence, help is available. Here are some resources: • Th...

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Tidings of Comfort and Joy?

Tidings of Comfort and Joy?

Published November 04, 2020
A seminar on surviving the holidays after bereavement and during a pandemic will be offered on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 11 and again on the afternoon of Sunday, Nov...

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Would You Be So Kind As To Read This Story?

Would You Be So Kind As To Read This Story?

Published September 16, 2020
On a recent sunny Sunday morning in a small town in Connecticut, a woman started to walk into a quaint little shop that sells delicious produce, prepared goods, and coffe...

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COVID-19: Tips on How to Cope

COVID-19: Tips on How to Cope

Published May 14, 2020
The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) is offering a COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide online at www.nami.org/covid-19-guide. The guide includes general info...

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Some Thoughts on How to Deal with the Effects of the Coronavirus on Mental Health

Some Thoughts on How to Deal with the Effects of the Coronavirus on Mental Health

Published May 14, 2020
While COVID-19 has had significant effects on the economy and physical health, the emotional fallout is increasingly just as severe, with the emotional and mental health ...

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To Honor Mental Health Awareness Month, Complimentary Services Offered

To Honor Mental Health Awareness Month, Complimentary Services Offered

Published May 14, 2020
In today’s unprecedented times, the May observation of Mental Health Awareness Month is more important than ever. To help raise awareness for and support mental health, P...

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GriefShare Weekly Bereavement Support Group Meets via Zoom

GriefShare Weekly Bereavement Support Group Meets via Zoom

Published May 07, 2020
GriefShare, a 13-week faith-based bereavement support group, offers help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend. Sponsored by Chri...

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How to Write a Condolence Letter

How to Write a Condolence Letter

Published April 23, 2020
There are many ways to comfort someone who is grieving. But an old-fashioned letter, written in ink on paper, including a personal story or specific remembrance can be pa...

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How to Offer Support When the World is Falling Apart

How to Offer Support When the World is Falling Apart

Published April 23, 2020
When June Ryan died, it wasn’t unexpected. Diagnosed with a nervous system disorder 20 years ago, she had over the years struggled through a catastrophic illness, then a ...

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Free Meditation Class, Open to All, Offered at Library

Free Meditation Class, Open to All, Offered at Library

Published March 12, 2020
For those who have stress in their life, or wish they were more focused, calm, and compassionate, and for those who would like to improve their health both physically and...

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Annual Award to Support Young Adults with Autism, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Annual Award to Support Young Adults with Autism, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Published February 19, 2020
An annual award for young adults who have faced challenges while working toward a personal goal is being offered by A Little Compassion, Inc., an area non-profit that wor...

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Seasonal Affective Disorder: Myth or Not?

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Myth or Not?

Published January 28, 2020
Editor’s Note: When people are affected by the winter blues, some shake it off with the support of self-help techniques and a sunny day. For others, it can progress into ...

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Mental Health Services, Mindfulness Practices Focus of Free Library Event

Mental Health Services, Mindfulness Practices Focus of Free Library Event

Published February 27, 2019
The Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Turnpike, Clinton will host a mental health and mindfulness expo on Saturday, March 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. to help people lear...

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Suicide Prevention: Warning Signs, Risk Factors, Protective Factors

Suicide Prevention: Warning Signs, Risk Factors, Protective Factors

Published August 29, 2018
On Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Turnpike, Clinton, Clinical Psychologist Megan Warner, PhD, and Licensed Social Worker Alissa Goldb...

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When it Comes to Suicide Prevention, Direct is Best

When it Comes to Suicide Prevention, Direct is Best

Published August 29, 2018
I turned to the woman sitting next to me in the church hall in Clinton, and, even though it felt incredibly awkward, I asked her, “are you thinking about killing yourself...

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Tips for Managing Electronic Device Usage

Tips for Managing Electronic Device Usage

Published June 20, 2018
Parents are getting pressure to supply children with electronic devices at earlier and earlier ages. While there are certainly benefits in these devices, the potential pi...

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From Searing Personal Pain to Providing Support: Two Devoted Mothers Seek to Help Others

From Searing Personal Pain to Providing Support: Two Devoted Mothers Seek to Help Others

Published February 07, 2018
Judy Murray and Claire Bien recently began a new group that meets in a room at the Wilson Library in New Haven, once a week on Monday evenings from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., for...

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Preventing Suicide Subject of Upcoming Talk

Preventing Suicide Subject of Upcoming Talk

Published September 21, 2017
Jennifer Evans from Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) will be speaking Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Henry Carter Hull Library 10 Killingworth Turnpik...

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Broken Bench, Broken Hearts in Branford

Broken Bench, Broken Hearts in Branford

Published September 06, 2017
Vandalism Ruins Newly Installed Memorial

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Why We Overshop and How to Stop

Why We Overshop and How to Stop

Published May 24, 2017
Three years ago, “Ann” (not her real name) sat in on a meeting of Families Anonymous held in a local shoreline church basement. The roughly dozen men and women gathered w...

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How to Combat Addiction: A Conversation with Dr. Mohammed Elsmra

How to Combat Addiction: A Conversation with Dr. Mohammed Elsmra

Published May 18, 2017
The Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main Street, East Haven, on Wednesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m., will sponsor a session on what it means to have an addiction, what the chall...

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The Straight Dope on Prescription Drug Abuse

The Straight Dope on Prescription Drug Abuse

Published May 17, 2017
When Alex Strand was laid to rest, in early 2015, his parents did something that family members rarely do. They acknowledged—publicly—that their son died of a drug overdo...

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Relationships with Food Addressed at Next Meeting of Happiness Club

Relationships with Food Addressed at Next Meeting of Happiness Club

Published May 11, 2017
The next meeting of the Madison Happiness Club will address relationships with food, on Wednesday May 31 at 7 p.m. at the Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road,...

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Resources

Suicide
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
"Website: " www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Phone: 1-800-273-8255
 
CT Suicide Prevention: 1 Word, 1 Voice, 1 Life
Website: www.preventsuicidect.org
Phone: 2-1-1 from anywhere in CT. Outside of CT, call 1-800-273-8255
 
Crisis Text Line
Website: www.crisistextline.org
Text HOME to 741741 and a counselor will text back, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week

Mental Health
Middlesex County 24 Hour Mental Health Crisis Line
Phone: 860-344-2100
 
BHcare
Local Mental Health authority Branford, East Haven, Guilford, Madison, North Branford, and North Haven
Website: www.bhcare.org
Phone: 203-446-9739
 
River Valley Services
Local Mental Health Authority for Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Killingworth, Old Saybrook, Westbrook, and other towns.
Website: www.ct.gov/dmhas/rvs
Phone: 860-262-5200
 
Mental Health America
Website: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/
Phone: 1-800-969-6642
 
National Alliance on Mental Illness/Connecticut
Website: www.namishoreline.org
Phone: 203-421-5563
 
State Department of Mental health & Addiction Services
Website: www.ct.gov/DMHAS
 
Dignity and Advocacy Network
Website: www.dignityandadvocacynetwork.org
 
Toivo
Website: www.toivocenter.org
 
Advocacy Unlimited
Website: www.mindlink.org
 
Hearing Voices Network
Website: www.hearingvoicesusa.org
 
Mad in America
Website: www.madinamerica.com
 
Spiritual Emergence Network
Website: http://spiritualemergence.info
 
Branford Counseling Center
Website: www.branford-ct.gov/Counseling
 

Domestic Violence
CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Website: www.ctcadv.org
Phone: 888-774-2900
For anyone who would prefer to speak Spanish, it is 1-844-831-9200.
 
Women & Family Life Center
Website: www.womenandfamilylife.org
Phone: 203-458-6699

Addiction/Substance Abuse Services
State Department of Mental health & Addiction Services 
Website: www.ct.gov/DMHAS
Phone: 860-418-7000
 
CT Council on Problem Gambling
Website: www.ccpg.org/get-help
Phone: 1-888-789-7777

Youth Services
For 24-hour information, referral and crisis intervention/assessment call Infoline "211"
 
Tri-Town Youth Services Bureau 
Website: www.tritownys.org
Phone: 860-526-3600
 
Youth and Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth, Inc.
Website: www.hkyfs.org/resources


Westbrook Youth and Family Services, Inc.
Website: www.wyfs.org/resources/mental_health__safety-children