Tuesday, March 02, 2021

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.

Why We Overshop and How to Stop

Published May 24, 2017 12:01 a.m.

For 6 out of 100 Americans, buying is a compulsion.

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Dr. Mohammed Elsmra Photo courtesy of Hagaman Memorial Library

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

Published May 18, 2017 12:01 a.m.

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 challenges are, how the illness manifests itself, and the resources available for people who are struggling with addiction, along with their families.

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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

Published May 17, 2017 07:00 a.m.

New Conversations About Opioid Addiction and Treatment

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Heidi Hughart Photo courtesy of Madison Happiness Club

Relationships with Food Addressed at Next Meeting of Happiness Club

Published May 11, 2017 12:01 a.m.

The next meeting of the Madison Happiness Club will address relationships with food, on Wednesday May 31 at 7 p.m....

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Would You Know When You’ve Gone Too Far?

Published May 01, 2017 11:08 a.m.

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and...

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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
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
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