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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.

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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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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Taking Steps to Support Mental Health & Wellness

Taking Steps to Support Mental Health & Wellness

Published May 10, 2017
The important work Daniela Giordano does all year long gets a little more attention in May. As public policy director for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Co...

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‘I’m Worth It’

‘I’m Worth It’

Published May 03, 2017
At a recent meeting of the OPTIONS social club at BHCare, in a brightly lit room in a small, squat building in a Branford industrial park, Mary Van Etten, her head bent, ...

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Finding the Right Therapist, a Free Presentation

Finding the Right Therapist, a Free Presentation

Published May 01, 2017
Licensed Professional Counselor Dan Mirandi will be at the Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison on Tuesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. for a free presentation o...

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Art Exhibit Aims to Expose, Destroy Myths Surrounding Mental Illness

Art Exhibit Aims to Expose, Destroy Myths Surrounding Mental Illness

Published October 06, 2016
Voices, an experiential art exhibit that represents the work of more than 30 young people touched by mental health challenges, will be on display on Sunday, Oct. 9, w...

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Social Action Movie, Healing Voices, Offered on Shoreline as Part of World Premiere Event

Social Action Movie, Healing Voices, Offered on Shoreline as Part of World Premiere Event

Published April 14, 2016
The website for the movie Healing Voices says it’s not just a movie, but a call for social action. “It does not have all of the answers. But it can be a catalyst. A worm-...

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How to be Good to Yourself in the New Year

How to be Good to Yourself in the New Year

Published January 13, 2016
For the past few weeks, a copy of the book, How to Permanently Erase Negative Self-Talk, has been sitting on Liz Bartek’s desk at R.J. Julia Booksellers. “I was surprised...

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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