Mental Health Month is celebrated in May of each year. With the challenges of the last two years and mental health entering more of our daily conversation, it’s critical that everyone has a solid foundation of knowledge about mental health. Learn more and explore some resources that may help you or a loved one cope or get help.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:
HelpGuide.org – An independent nonprofit that provides free mental health education and support.
Live Mentally Healthy – Take steps to lead a mentally healthier life.
Mental Health America – Provide foundational knowledge about mental health & mental health conditions and information about what people can do if their mental health is a cause for concern.
New State Of Mind: Youth Mental Health Guide – A first-of-its kind mental health guide created for students, by students amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Take a Mental Health Test – Online mental health screening offer individuals a quick, free and private way to assess their mental health and recognize signs of any problem before crisis occurs.
RESOURCES IN CONNECTICUT:
CT Stronger Mental Health – Resources especially for Connecticut residents.
Healthy Lives CT – Provides information and tools for maintaining or regaining wellness in the areas of emotional wellness, physical wellness, holistic wellness, financial wellness, and recovery from addiction issues.
The Hub – Behavioral Health Action Organization for Southwestern CT. Connect with local mental health organizations and find information on their weekly blog.
NAMI Connecticut – Offers more than 70 FREE, confidential support groups across the state that are peer-led. They are facilitated by people who have experienced what you have/are experiencing. Feeling anxious or depressed? You can call the National Alliance on Mental Illness Connecticut (NAMI-CT) hotline at 860.882.0236. Workers are available to talk live, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.
Talk It Out – For parents and caregivers who need someone to listen, to understand and to talk your feelings out.
Warm Lines – For those who are feeling stressed or anxious and looking for telephone support. Warm Lines are telephone support services staffed by people who have experience/expertise with mutual support. These lines are not crisis lines and the days/hours of operation vary.
OTHER HELPFUL SITES:
16 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress and Anxiety
The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise
30 Meditation Exercises and Activities to Practice Today
Tips for Living with Uncertainty
STRATFORD LIBRARY READING SUGGESTIONS ON MENTAL HEALTH:
“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close