RESOURCES

"What To Do If You're Concerned About Your Teen's Mental Health," by the JED Foundation

This conversation guide was created by the JED Foundation to help parents and families who are concerned about their teen's mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Warning Signs of a Mental Health Crisis, by NAMI

NAMI created five infographics that provide important information for people experiencing mental health crises and their loved ones. They cover warning signs, what to do if you expect someone is thinking about suicide and how to prepare for a crisis. 

"Navigating A Mental Health Crisis" Guide, by NAMI

"Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: A NAMI Resource Guide for Those Experiencing a Mental Health Emergency" (Crisis Guide) provides important, potentially life-saving information for people experiencing mental health crises and their loved ones. This guide outlines what can contribute to a crisis, warning signs that a crisis is emerging, strategies to help de-escalate a crisis, available resources and so much more.

Resource Guide, by Healthy Minds CT, Southwest CT's Regional Mental Health Board

Healthy Minds Connecticut provides our communities with a voice in planning and monitoring the behavioral health system. They identify needs, review services, make recommendations, and stimulate new initiatives. They develop priorities for the region and state, and connect people and programs.

 

Their regional resource guide lists crisis services, public & nonprofit provider agencies, and support services throughout the region. 

List of Free Peer Support Groups for Behavioral Health, by Healthy Minds CT, Southwest CT's Regional Mental Health Board

Healthy Minds Connecticut provides our communities with a voice in planning and monitoring the behavioral health system. They identify needs, review services, make recommendations, and stimulate new initiatives. They develop priorities for the region and state, and connect people and programs.

 

They have prepared this list of free peer support groups for behavioral health throughout Southwestern CT. 

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis. 

SAMHSA's Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center

SAMHSA is committed to improving prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for mental and substance use disorders.

This new Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center aims to provide communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings. The Resource Center contains a collection of scientifically-based resources for a broad range of audiences, including Treatment Improvement Protocols, toolkits, resource guides, clinical practice guidelines, and other science-based resources.

rtor.org | Gateway to Mental Health Services

www.rtor.org is a free online service that helps families and individuals connect with expert “resources to recover” in their communities. Through the website individuals and families can contact a Resource Specialist for personalized help with a problem, obtain information about best practices, or consult the Directory of Family-Endorsed Providers for recommendations on vetted programs and practitioners. Every day, people from across the United States contact us for free confidential help and mental health resource information. Although the website’s reach is national, our clinical staff are based in Fairfield County and have expert knowledge of local needs and services in the cities and towns of Southwest Connecticut.

National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEABPD)

The Mission of NEA-BPD is to provide education, raise public awareness and understanding, decrease stigma, promote research and enhance the quality of life of those affected by Borderline Personality Disorder.

 

NEA.BPD works with families and persons in recovery, raises public awareness, provides education to professionals, promotes research, and works with Congress to enhance the quality of life for those affected by this serious but treatable mental illness.

Caregiver Information

Mental Health America created an infographic containing some quick facts about caregivers of individuals with mental health challenges and the issues they face.

Mental Health Reading List

We've put together a list of books that may be helpful in learning more about the various types of mental health conditions and different people's experiences with them. 

First Episode Psychosis (FEP)

Psychosis is characterized as disruptions to a person’s thoughts and perceptions that make it difficult for them to recognize what is real and what isn’t. These disruptions are often experienced as seeing, hearing and believing things that aren’t real or having strange, persistent thoughts, behaviors and emotions. 

 

For any young adults experiencing symptoms of psychosis, NAMI has First Episode Psychosis fact sheets explaining what FEP is, what to do if you’re experiencing psychosis, how to encourage people to seek help and tips for school staff and coaches to intervene early.

OK2Talk

Living with mental health challenges may sometimes leave you feeling hopeless and alone. OK2TALK is a community where teens and young adults struggling with mental health conditions can find a safe place to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Anyone can add their voice by sharing stories, poems, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support in a safe, moderated space. We hope this is the first step towards helping you get the support you need to feel better.

You Are Not Alone

NAMI offers You Are Not Alone - a safe, moderated space for sharing stories and creative expression. 

 

You have an authentic voice. You can make a difference for yourself and others by sharing your experiences and perspective. What has helped? What hasn’t? What has been most discouraging about your condition? What has given you hope? There are all sorts of things you know that other people want to know—you are not alone.

CABLE Crisis Intervention Team Training

The Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement (CABLE) brings community and law enforcement resources together to address common issues related to mental health. CABLE has delivered high quality, state-of-the-art Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) patrol specialist training to police officers across the state since 2003. Following the training, officers are designated to handle all calls involving persons in psychiatric crisis. When calling the police about a friend or loved one with a mental health challenge, be sure to request that the dispatcher send a CIT-trained officer who can handle psychiatric emergencies. 

See if your town police department has CIT-trained personnel by clicking the button below.

NAMI's College Guide

NAMI'S College Guide explains privacy laws, provides various on-campus resources and teaches what to do when a mental health condition arises. 

Connecticut Chapter of Postpartum Support International

PSI-CT works to increase support and provide resources for women and their families during pregnancy and the postpartum period (also known as the perinatal period), to increase awareness of the mental health challenges related to childbearing and parenting, and to provide perinatal mental health training for childbirth professionals. 

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