August 8, 2020
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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.

The National Alliance on Mental Health is offering a free guide on how to cope with stress and anxiety brought on by COVID-19. Photo screenshot of NAMI website

COVID-19: Tips on How to Cope

The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) is offering a COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide online at guide...

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Liz Hale-Rose is offering complimentary 60-minute group meditations via Zoom video during May. Photo courtesy of Privé-Swiss Wellness

To Honor Mental Health Awareness Month, Complimentary Services Offered

In today’s unprecedented times, the May observation of Mental Health Awareness Month is more important than ever.To help raise awareness for...

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Some Thoughts on How to Deal with the Effects of the Coronavirus on Mental Health

While COVID-19 has had significant effects on the economy and physical health, the emotional fallout is increasingly just as severe, with the emotional and...

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Joanne Baker Deal leads GriefShare Photo courtesy of GriefShare

GriefShare Weekly Bereavement Support Group Meets via Zoom

GriefShare, a 13-week faith-based bereavement support group, offers help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend....

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When writing a condolence letter, keep it short, keep it simple, try to include a specific remembrance or short story, and offer help if you are in a position to provide it. Photo by Pem McNerney/The Source

How to Write a Condolence Letter

There are many ways to comfort someone who is grieving. But an old-fashioned letter, written in ink on paper, including a personal story or specific...

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With the arrival of COVID-19, people mourning their loved ones can still have a service, but usually it is small, involving only immediate family members from the same household, or sometimes five people or less. Photo by Pem McNerney/The Source

How to Offer Support When the World is Falling Apart

When June Ryan died, it wasn’t unexpected. Diagnosed with a nervous system disorder 20 years ago, she had over the years struggled through a...

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The Henry Carter Hull Library in Clinton will offer monthly guided meditation sessions on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. Photo courtesy of the Henry Carter Hull Library

Free Meditation Class, Open to All, Offered at Library

For those who have stress in their life, or wish they were more focused, calm, and compassionate, and for those who would like to improve their health both...

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A Little Compassion is an area non-profit that operates The Nest Coffee House in downtown Deep River. It is offering an award to support young adults with autism, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Photo courtesy of The Nest Coffee House

Annual Award to Support Young Adults with Autism, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

An annual award for young adults who have faced challenges while working toward a personal goal is being offered by A Little Compassion, Inc., an area non-...

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Seasonal Affective Disorder: Myth or Not?

Editor’s Note: When people are affected by the winter blues, some shake it off with the support of self-help techniques and a sunny day. For others,...

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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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