The following is a compilation of national and local resources, guides, and services available to the public. Click on the below categories to jump to that section below.
- National Resources
- Connecticut Based Resources
- Youth and Young Adult Resources
- Alcohol and Substance Abuse Resources
- Self-Care Resources
- Reporting on Mental Health in the Media Guides
- Guides and Additional Resources
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Mental Health America – Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives.
Take a Mental Health Test – Online screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.
Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
Make the Connection – Make the Connection is a public awareness campaign by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that provides personal testimonials and resources to help Veterans discover ways to improve their lives.
Hearing Voices Network – For people who hear voices, see visions or have other unusual perceptions.
The Compassionate Friends – Through a network of over 600 chapters with locations in all 50 states, as well as Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam, The Compassionate Friends has been providing support to bereaved families after the death of a child for four decades.
Connecticut based resources
2-1-1 – 2-1-1 is a free, confidential information and referral service that connects people to essential health and human services 24 hours a day, seven days a week online and over the phone.
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) – The mission of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is to improve the quality of life of the people of Connecticut by providing an integrated network of comprehensive, effective and efficient mental health and addiction services that foster self-sufficiency, dignity and respect.
Office of the Healthcare Advocate – If you need healthcare or healthcare coverage or have problems with your coverage and don’t know where to turn, please call us. The Office of the Healthcare Advocate (OHA) is an independent agency here to help you understand what options you have, how to get and fight for your healthcare coverage, including coverage for mental health or substance use treatment, and to make sure you get covered for your healthcare needs.
JDPP Helping Hands Resource Guide – The guide provides listings for statewide resources as well as six cities beginning with Hartford and followed by Bridgeport, New Haven, New London, Waterbury, and Willimantic.
NAMI CT – NAMI Connecticut’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all those affected by mental health conditions by engaging in support, education and advocacy.
Detox.com – If you or someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, call our helpline at 1-800-483-2193 or visit our website for help finding Connecticut detox centers that will assist you.
Connecticut Addiction Treatment Resources & Information – If you know of someone in Connecticut seeking help for any type of drug or alcohol problem, Addiction-Treatment-Services.com can assist you in not only finding a program but also in verifying the insurance benefits and setting up interventions as well.
Drug And Alcohol Rehab Centers In Connecticut – The state of Connecticut has a number of reputable inpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs. These addiction treatment facilities offer a variety of programs that make it easier for everyone to find the right treatment for them.
Your First Step – Connecticut Drug & Alcohol Addiction Programs – If you are looking for a drug and alcohol addiction treatment center in Connecticut then you are in the right place. At Your First Step, our caring and patient experts can help you decide which path is right for you or a loved one.
Advocacy Unlimited, Inc. – Advocacy Unlimited, Inc. (AU) offers comprehensive recovery and advocacy education for people with or in recovery from mental health and/or addiction issues.
Regional Suicide Advisory Boards – Each Regional Suicide Advisory Board is unique and self-autonomous but supports the overall vision of the statewide Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board and provides the local and regional infrastructure for activities. Meetings are open to the public.
Social Emotional Learning Alliance for Connecticut – A coalition to advocate for and support high-quality implementation of social emotional learning across the state of Connecticut.
Connecticut Free Rehab Centers – If you’re in need of affordable addiction treatment in Connecticut, there are many substance abuse programs that can provide free and low-cost services.
youth and young adult resources
A GoodRx Guide to Mental Health for Teens – Written by Kerry R. McGee, MD, FAAP
Student Guide to Reaching and Staying in the Zen Zone – Balancing School and Wellness: Fitting yoga, meditation, and mindfulness into your schedule.
Student Mental Health – Promoting mental health understanding and care.
Balancing Student Stress Guide – How to navigate stressors, get help on campus and turn expert advise into tangible results
Suicide Prevention for Students – A Valuable Resource Guide on Emergency Assistance, Warning Signs & Prevention of Suicide in College Students
Substance Abuse in College – Recognizing, Understanding and Combatting Alcohol & Drug Abuse on Campus
Substance Abuse in College Students – Learn key facts, physiological effects of drug abuse, and tips for getting help
College Substance Abuse Statistics, Facts, & Recovery – The Complete Guide
How to be an Ally to Students in Recovery – by Counseling@Northwestern, Northwestern University’s online Master of Arts in Counseling program
Mental Health in College – A Student’s Guide to Recognizing Disorders, Seeking Help and Promoting Wellness
The College Student’s Guide to Depression – Depression can strike at any point in someone’s life. This guide explains common causes and signs of depression, how to seek treatment for depression, and resources for college students who are experiencing this mental disorder.
Stress in college students for 2019 – A guide on how to recognize different kinds of stress, various sources of stress for college students, as well as tips for coping in a healthy way.
alcohol and substance abuse resources
Drug and Alcohol Addiction – This guide will discuss the resources available to anybody experiencing difficulty with drug and/or alcohol dependence.
Addictions.com – While millions of people struggle daily with addiction to drugs or alcohol, this site has the goal of building awareness of the resources that are available to help. All of the content on Addictions.com is medically reviewed by a team of doctors, nurses, and therapists, ensuring the most up to date information.
Addiction Group – Addiction Group is an informational web guide created for people struggling with substance use disorders (SUD), alcohol use disorders (AUD), and co-occurring mental health disorders.
Drug Rehab Guides for Addiction & Mental Health – Ready to get help? Admission Navigators are available 24/7. (888) 345-0972
Drug & Alcohol Addiction Support Groups – Support groups for all types of addictions allow people to join together with others who share similar experiences, backgrounds, and struggles. There are hundreds of support groups listed on this site, full of compassionate members around the United States for you to consider, including online groups.
How to Find a Job After Rehab – Read this blog post for real tips on best practices for finding a job after rehab. Transitioning out of rehab can be difficult and stressful, but these tips may help support you on that journey.
New England ADA Center: Addiction and Recovery Resources – The ADA states that addiction is a disability. People with addiction to alcohol, and in recovery from opioids and other drugs have protections under the law. Learn about rights and responsibilities by visiting this site.
RehabSpot – Since 2018, Rehab Spot has served as a critical source of information on addiction and recovery for those who are struggling with substance abuse disorders and co-morbid mental health conditions.
Alcohol Rehab Guide – Alcohol Rehab Guide is an online resource created to help people struggling with an alcohol addiction find treatment when they need it most. The team at ARG is made up of recovering addicts and industry professionals who are dedicated to helping everyone find hope in recovery.
Alcohol Help – If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol addiction and a diagnosed mental health disorder, today is the day to take the first step to solving the problem.
Addiction Center – Addiction Center has information on dual-diagnosis and other types of addiction issues. They also have the resources to help you or a loved one get back on their feet.
DrugRehab.com – DrugRehab.com is a web resource provided by Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS). ARS is an integrated behavioral health care management organization dedicated to the treatment of addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders and mental health issues.
Rehabcenter.net – RehabCenter.net is committed to helping people recover from addiction by ﬁnding treatment that works. Our free, national helpline provides conﬁdential referrals to respected rehabilitation centers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Rehabcenter.net also provides a comprehensive resource library on substance use disorders.
Addiction Resource – Founded in 2005 to provide a community for those recovering from addiction and to help patients find the highest quality care for a successful recovery. Our goal is to provide resources to help patients and their loved ones so that they may stay on the road to recovery, and can successfully overcome addiction for life.
AlcoRehab – The AlcoRehab team is a group of professionals who are passionate about helping those struggling with alcoholism by providing free support and resources for people who are fighting an alcohol addiction and for their loved ones.
How Healthcare Administrators Are Tackling the Binge Drinking Epidemic – While it may not seem as serious, or even recognizable, as more conventional forms of alcoholism, binge drinking is associated with many alcohol-related health risks.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse – A blog from OnlineCounselingPrograms.com, detailing the phenomenon is known as “comorbidity” and the risk factors and treatment options available to those who may be struggling.
Drug Overdose Prevention & Support Resources – Drug overdoses have been on the rise over the last several decades, and while the trend is up overall, opioid overdoses have risen disproportionately to other drugs of abuse. This guide is meant to provide information, education, and access to further resources and is not intended as medical advice.
Addiction Rehab Treatment (Dual Diagnosis Co-Occurring Disorders) – When someone has a mental illness and suffers from addiction, this is called dual diagnosis. Find out more about co-occurring disorders and how to treat them.
How to Practice Mindfulness – The Ultimate Guide to Being More Mindful Throughout the Day
Promoting Mental Health at Home: How to Design the Perfect Meditation Room – Let this be your guide to designing the perfect meditation room in your own home, and reap the most benefits from your meditation time.
15-Minute Yoga Flow for Stress Relief – Several studies suggest that yoga can reduce the impact of chronic and exaggerated stress and that it can also be helpful to relieve anxiety and depression.
7 diet changes that can help depression – Eat your way to a happier you.
Depression and Dental Health – Exploring the Connection, and How to Get Back on a Healthy Track
10 Ways Pets Support Mental Health – The bonds between humans and animals are powerful. And the positive correlation between pets and mental health is undeniable.
The Complete Guide to Looking After Your Mental Health While Traveling – Knowing the potential sources of stress, how best to cope with new challenges and where to go in an emergency should all be part of your travel planning – whether you’ve previously struggled with mental health issues or not.
123 Proven Ways to Reduce Stress and Relax – This site provides a variety of ways to reduce stress based on scientifically backed evidence.
Struggling with Depression? These Healthy Foods May Help – Healthy foods that may help reduce your depression symptoms.
reporting on mental health in the media guides
Words Matter: Reporting on Mental Health Conditions – This site includes useful tips for covering mental illness accurately.
Mindframe – Mindframe supports safe media reporting, portrayal and communication about suicide, mental ill-health, alcohol and other drugs.
ReportingOnSuicide.org – Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide
Media Guideline: Portrayal of people living with mental illness and mental health issues in Aotearoa – These guidelines will equip journalists with the confidence and understanding to report on mental illness and mental health issues safely, accurately and respectfully.
Style Guide: Reporting on Mental Health – This style guide notes ways in which newsrooms can present a more accurate picture of mental illness.
guides and additional resources
Psycom.net – A Mental Health Resource Since 1996
How to Beat the Monday Blues – Ultimate Guide + Infographic
Theravive – A network of licensed and professional clinical counselors, therapists, and psychologists who strive to make mental health care safe, affordable, and accessible. If you are seeking help for your family, a loved one, your marriage, or an issue in your own life, enter your zip code or city to start your therapist or psychologist search and begin your path to healing today.
HelpGuide.org – Created in 1999, HelpGuide is an online experience that empowers people to help themselves create better mental health. We stay on top of developments in the psychological, social, and medical sciences, both through our own research and via our collaboration with Harvard Health Publications. HelpGuide has become a globally acclaimed resource serving over 80 million people annually.
Preventing Self-Harm: What You Should Know if You Want to Offer Help – For those who want to intervene, simply wrapping their minds around the concept of self-harm can be a challenge. But understanding the intention for self-harm can increase a person’s empathy and ability to help those in need.
Alltreatment.com – Alltreatment.com is a community-based public-benefit website connecting people to the addiction resources they need. The resource is free to the public. The Find Dual-Diagnosis Rehab Centers Near You technology uses your location to generate a local listing of all the dual-diagnosis rehab centers in and around your community.
A Comprehensive Sleep Guide For People With Mental Health Illnesses – This guide looks at some of the most common health conditions and find out how to sleep better even when dealing with them.
Sleep Guide for Anxiety – This guide covers how anxiety and sleep are interrelated, change with age, and what you can do to improve both.
Guide to Counseling Degrees – Counseling Degrees Online is a resource 100% dedicated to counseling education at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We believe there is a major need for more counselors in all types of specialties across the U.S., from mental health and psychology to substance abuse counseling, family and marriage counseling, and career counseling, among others.
PsychologyDegrees.org – PsychologyDegrees.org is the most comprehensive psychology degree guide on the web. With over 3,100 different psychology degrees and 1,700 different universities in our database that have a psychology degree program offering, we are the top resource for finding an accredited psychology degree.
Mental Health & Wellness as a Medical Professional – An online guide to mental health, warning signs, and where to get help when you need it.
How to Get Life Insurance With Depression – A history of depression can make buying life insurance more difficult and more expensive. However, you can still get covered—you just need to shop around for the right policy and be prepared to provide details on your medical history.
The Ultimate Guide to Art Therapy for Students – Art therapy uses creative expression to clear the path to self-healing and foster healthier ways of thinking.
Reminiscence Therapy and Activities for Seniors – Reminiscence therapy is a method of helping people with memory recall. Often used in conjunction with other treatments like art and music therapy, reminiscence therapy uses the five senses to help individuals recall specific positive memories.
Mental Health and Mesothelioma – A mesothelioma diagnosis can affect mental health. This guide provides information on support groups, finding the right treatment facility, and mental health stats as they relate to cancer and specifically, mesothelioma.
The young professional’s guide to mental health while remote working and career planning – Remote working has unique challenges that are different from working in an office. Adapting as a young professional can be taxing, so how do you manage it?
about mental health
Mental health and wellness are integral to whole health. However, it is not uncommon for people to experience times in their lives or in the lives of their loved ones when optimal mental health is unattainable. In fact, one in four people will experience a mental illness sometime during their life.
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