“Never give up. No one knows what’s going to happen next.” -L. Frank Baum

The following resources are meant to help if you, or someone you know, needs support during this time.

United Way 2-1-1

A Free 24/7 CT Resource: phone 2-1-1 on your phone or visit https://www.211ct.org.

2-1-1 is the one-stop connection to local services, from utility assistance, food, housing, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and more. 2-1-1 is ready to assist you 24/7 to assist you find the help you need. Dial 2-1-1 or search online. If you are outside of Connecticut or have a problem using the 2-1-1-number, dial 1-800-203-1234.

2-1-1 is a program of the United Way of Connecticut and is supported by the State of Connecticut and Connecticut United Ways.

If you need food, a place to stay, help with utilities , a job,  health insurance, or have another need please call 2-1-1.

Retrieved from the United Way 211 website, https://www.211ct.org, on May 12, 2020.

A Free 24/7 Resource- The CDC, or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visit https://www.cdc.gov or call 800-232-4636.

The CDC’s mission:  “CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S.” Whether diseases are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to assist them to do the same. 

The CDC web page on stress and coping has information for individuals, families, and parents. It offers ways to deal and cope with stress. 

The CDC website is a wealth of information and resources on many diseases including diabetes, heart disease, ADHD, Kidney Disease to name just a few.

Retrieved from the CDC website at www.cdc.gov on May 12, 2020.

National Alliance of Mental Illness

A Free 10am-6pm Monday Through Friday Resource: The National Alliance of Mental Illness. You can call  the NAMI HelpLine, 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or info@nami.org.  You can also text “NAMI” to 741741 for 24/7, confidential, free crisis counseling.

The NAMI HelpLine, the nation’s largest grassroots mental organization, is a free, nationwide peer-support service. It provides information, referrals to resources, and support to people living with mental health conditions, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public.

HelpLine staff and volunteers are experienced, and well-trained. Many can pull from their own experiences as they listen and offer support. They are informed on NAMI programs, support groups, and can locate local NAMI affiliates. They work to help identify the best resource options for your individual concern. They are knowledgeable about relevant topics and a source of accurate information.

Retrieved from the NAMI website at https://nami.org/help on May 12, 2020.

Families for Depression Awareness

A Free Resource, Families for Depression Awareness is located in Waltham Massachusetts. You can reach them by email while staff work from home during the Covid-19 outbreak: Email info@familyaware.org

Normally, you can phone  (781) 890-0220 to reach the main office; (615) 345-0420 to reach the satellite office in Nashville, TN.

The website is located at https://www.familyaware.org. Their mission: ” to help families recognize and cope with depression and bipolar disorder to get people well and prevent suicides.”

On their website, you can follow the link for you, or for someone else to take an online test to determine depression or bi-polar.

Retrieved from https://www.familyaware.org on May 12, 2020.

SAMHSA National Helpline

A Free 24/7  Resource, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) can be reached at their national helpline number 800-662-HELP (4357)
TTY: 800-487-4889.  or their treatment referral line 1-877-726-4727. Their website is accessible through https://www.samhsa.gov.

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 and to improve the lives of individuals living with mental and substance use disorders, and their families.”

They work to: provide resources & programs, information & data, to advance mental and substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery services in order to improve individual, community, and public health.

Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov on May 12, 2020.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

A Free 24/7 Resource, The National Suicide Prevention Hotline’s number is 1-800-273-8255 for English,  1-888-628-9454  to speak to someone in Spanish, and has a chat service for those deaf or hard of hearing on their website, https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org. 

National Suicide Prevention has special web pages on their site for Veteran Support, Native American Support, Attempt Survivors, Disaster Survivors, Loss Survivors, LGBTQ, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Hearing Loss.

From their website: “The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 150 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.”  

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a leader in suicide prevention and mental health crisis care.  The Lifeline engages in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention for all, including innovative public messaging, best practices in mental health, and groundbreaking partnerships.

Retrieved from https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org on May 12, 2020.

The Trevor Project-for LGBTQ

A Free 24/7 Resource, The Trevor Project- saving LGBTQ lives , is a suicide hotline for the LGBTQ community the phone number is 1-866-488-7386 and the website is located at https://www.thetrevorproject.org.

“Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.”

You can also text or chat on their website if that is more comfortable for you. With offices in California and New York City-they have support in place 24/7.

On their website is the Welcome to the Trevor Support Center, a place where LGBTQ youth and friends can find answers to frequently asked questions, explore resources related to orientation, gender identity and more. An incredible resource,  if needing immediate support or help, Trevor Project’s counselors are just a phone callchat, or text away. 

Retrieved from https://www.thetrevorproject.org on May 12, 2020

Zero Suicide Alliance

A Free 24/7 Resource, The Zero Suicide Alliance is from the UK but works to train people all over the world to raise awareness of and promote FREE suicide prevention training accessible to all. They have a contact form on their website at https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com/get-involved/contact-us– and offer the training online, https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com

The Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) is a collaboration of National Health Service trusts, charities, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. 

The ZSA is concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of, and promoting, FREE suicide prevention.

There are two levels to the training, a 10 minute training  that touches on how to support someone that is struggling and advanced training, 25 minutes that could help you to recognize when someone may be contemplating taking their own lives.
Retrieved from https://www.https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com on May 12, 2020