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"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.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
Phone: 1-800-273-8255
CT Suicide Prevention: 1 Word, 1 Voice, 1 Life
Phone: 2-1-1 from anywhere in CT. Outside of CT, call 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line
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
Local Mental Health authority Branford, East Haven, Guilford, Madison, North Branford, and North Haven
Phone: 203-446-9739
River Valley Services
Local Mental Health Authority for Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Killingworth, Old Saybrook, Westbrook, and other towns.
Phone: 860-262-5200
Mental Health America
Phone: 1-800-969-6642
National Alliance on Mental Illness/Connecticut
Phone: 203-421-5563
State Department of Mental health & Addiction Services
Dignity and Advocacy Network
Advocacy Unlimited
Hearing Voices Network
Mad in America
Spiritual Emergence Network
Branford Counseling Center

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

Addiction/Substance Abuse Services
State Department of Mental health & Addiction Services 
Phone: 860-418-7000
CT Council on Problem Gambling
Phone: 1-888-789-7777

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

Westbrook Youth and Family Services, Inc.

Mindfulness practices and mental health services will be the focus of an event at the Henry Carter Hull Library in Clinton on Saturday, March 23. Photo courtesy of the Henry Carter Hull Library

Mental Health Services, Mindfulness Practices Focus of Free Library Event

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...

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People might be in intense emotional pain, but it’s treatable,

says Licensed Social Worker Alissa Goldberg, LMSW of Guilford Psychological Services.

When it Comes to Suicide Prevention, Direct is Best

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...

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Suicide Prevention: Warning Signs, Risk Factors, Protective Factors

On Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Turnpike, Clinton, Clinical Psychologist Megan Warner, PhD, and Licensed Social...

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Tips for Managing Electronic Device Usage

Parents are getting pressure to supply children with electronic devices at earlier and earlier ages. While there are certainly benefits in these devices,...

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Judy Murray of East Haven is co-facilitating a Hearing Voices Network group for people from 12 to 24 years old who are hearing voices at the Wilson Library, 303 Washington Avenue, New Haven Photo courtesy of Judy Murray

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

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...

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Preventing Suicide Subject of Upcoming Talk

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...

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 Vandalism over Labor Day weekend damaged a newly-installed bench on the Trolley Trail, placed there by family and friends memorializing Branford native Scott Bottomley.

Pam Johnson/The Sound

Broken Bench, Broken Hearts in Branford

Those who cherished Branford native Scott Bottomley, who died tragically in 2016, have had their hearts broken, yet again. Just weeks before the...

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Why We Overshop and How to Stop

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...

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Dr. Mohammed Elsmra Photo courtesy of Hagaman Memorial Library

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

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,...

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“Get educated. Understand the drug and the disease. Learn what is going on in the brain and body when someone is opiate-dependent. Also, be willing to compromise on what recovery looks like,” says Lauren Goodkin, of In Angels Arms. A recovering heroin addict, she founded In Angels Arms to help others battling addiction. Photo courtesy of Lauren Goodkin

The Straight Dope on Prescription Drug Abuse

When Alex Strand was laid to rest, in early 2015, his parents did something that family members rarely do. They acknowledged—publicly—that...

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Heidi Hughart Photo courtesy of Madison Happiness Club

Relationships with Food Addressed at Next Meeting of Happiness Club

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...

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Branford’s Daniela Giordano (right) is often at the state capital in her work as public policy director for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Connecticut. Shown with her during one of her busy days are (from left) NAMI Connecticut social work intern Gretchen Marino, Glastonbury State Representative Prasad Srinivasan, and NAMI Connecticut Communications Manager Tom Burr. Giordano invites the public to support the 2017 NAMI CT Walk in Hartford on Saturday, May 20. Photo courtesy of Daniela Giordano

Taking Steps to Support Mental Health & Wellness

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...

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Connection Between Bullying, Stress to be Discussed May 17

Stress levels among students have been a big focus among the Madison school district and Madison youth-focus organizations. To keep the conversation going...

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Members of the OPTIONS social and support club at BHCare in Branford prepare to visit state legislators at the state capitol to discuss state budget negotiations.  Mary Van Etten and Debbie Roberts are in the background, working on their posters. Photo by Kelley Fryer/Zip06

‘I’m Worth It’

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,...

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Dan Mirandi Photo courtesy of Scranton Memorial Library

Finding the Right Therapist, a Free Presentation

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...

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A scene from the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why Photo courtesy of Westbrook Youth & Family Services

Mental Health Experts Alert Parents to '13 Reasons Why'

 Several shoreline youth and family services agencies are alerting parents to be aware of whether their children are viewing the...

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Would You Know When You’ve Gone Too Far?

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. But people experience symptoms ...

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Free Viewing of Healing Voices Documentary with Bake Sale, Discussion

On Tuesday, May 2 there will be a free screening of Healing Voices, sponsored by Yale University School of Medicine, the state Department of Mental Health...

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‘Question, Persuade, Refer’ Suicide Prevention Program Offered

A suicide prevention training session for teens (7th grade and up) known as QPR (question, persuade, refer) is being offered for free on Sunday, April 19 at ...

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The holidays can be a magical time full of joy. But they also can create complicated emotions, and even grief, for those who have suffered a loss. A program offered later this month provides strategies for dealing with those complicated emotions. File photo

Facing the Holidays Following a Loss? GriefShare Program Provides Strategies for That

Now that we’re into November, thinking about and planning for the holidays starts to move into high gear. Turkey. Stuffing. Shopping. Christmas trees....

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Suffering from Domestic Violence? Help is One Phone Call Away

When people think about domestic violence, they often think about physical abuse.While physical abuse certainly qualifies as domestic violence, there ...

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Skeleton in the Mirror, Stephanie, 18

Art Exhibit Aims to Expose, Destroy Myths Surrounding Mental Illness

Voices, an experiential art exhibit that represents the work of more than 30 young people touched by mental health challenges, will be on display...

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The Out of Darkness Watch will be Sunday, Sept. 25 in the Hamden Town Center Park. For more information call Emily or Marie at 203-903-4841. Photo courtesy of Out of Darkness Walk

Suicide Prevention Resources

Here are some signs and symptoms to watch out for, to help prevent suicide, along with resources for help. Additional information, resources, and people who ...

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Leah Nelson, a program manager at the Jordan Porco Foundation, will talk about her struggle with suicide at an event on Saturday, Oct. 1 on the Madison Town Green, open to all. Photo courtesy of Leah Nelson

With Help Comes Hope

If you met Leah Nelson when she was in school you would have said, ‘There goes a girl who has it all. Good grades. Extracurricular activities....

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Healing Voices offers viewers a look at alternatives therapies for dealing with extreme mental states. Photo courtesy of Healing Voices

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

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 ...

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