Saturday, October 31, 2020

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.

Sean Alexander, center, and Colleen Alexander, right, of Rooted Endurance in Madison, explain how sound bath meditation works at a recent free, public session on the grounds of Moxie restaurant in Madison.

Photo by Pem McNerney/The Source

Would You Be So Kind As To Read This Story?

Published Sep. 16, 2020 07:30 a.m.

It Just Might Help You Combat Real World Problems and Deal With Pandemic-Weary Crotchety People, Too

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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

Published May 14, 2020 12:01 a.m.

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

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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

Published May 14, 2020 12:01 a.m.

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

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

Published May 14, 2020 12:01 a.m.

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 mental health consequences becoming even more evident in months to come. It’s important for individuals, families, and communities to know that they can overcome the losses and limit the emotional damage.

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Joanne Baker Deal leads GriefShare Photo courtesy of GriefShare

GriefShare Weekly Bereavement Support Group Meets via Zoom

Published May 07, 2020 12:01 a.m.

GriefShare, a 13-week faith-based bereavement support group, offers help and encouragement after the death of a...

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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

Published April 23, 2020 12:01 a.m.

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 remembrance can be particularly powerful.

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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

Published April 23, 2020 12:01 a.m.

When June Ryan died, it wasn’t unexpected.

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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

Published March 12, 2020 12:01 a.m.

For those who have stress in their life, or wish they were more focused, calm, and compassionate, and for those who...

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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

Published Feb. 20, 2020 12:01 a.m.

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-profit that works to change the lives of individuals with autism, intellectual, and developmental disabilities.

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Angela

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Myth or Not?

Published Jan. 29, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Recognition of Season Affective Disorder(SAD), Early Stages of Other Depression, and Treatment Can Prevent Suicidal Symptoms, Chronic Depression

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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

Published Feb. 28, 2019 12:01 a.m.

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 help people learn about adult and youth mental health services, parenting support, substance abuse treatment, mindfulness practices, and more.

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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

Published Aug. 29, 2018 07:00 a.m.

This is a Conversation That Could Save a Life

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Suicide Prevention: Warning Signs, Risk Factors, Protective Factors

Published Aug. 29, 2018 07:00 a.m.

On Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Turnpike, Clinton, Clinical Psychologist Megan Warner, PhD, and Licensed Social Worker Alissa Goldberg, LMSW of Guilford Psychological Services will discuss how to identify suicidal risk factors, urges and ideation, and how to find support for individuals at risk or who may be worried about a loved one.

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Tips for Managing Electronic Device Usage

Published June 20, 2018 02:06 p.m.

Parents are getting pressure to supply children with electronic devices at earlier and earlier ages. While there are certainly benefits in these devices, the potential pitfalls are important to explore.

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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

Published Feb. 07, 2018 07:00 a.m.

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 5:30 p.m., for young people who hear voices, and want to understand and integrate that experience with their lives.

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Preventing Suicide Subject of Upcoming Talk

Published Sep. 21, 2017 12:01 a.m.

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 Killingworth Turnpike, Clinton, about suicide, the third leading cause of death for young Americans, ages 15 to 24.

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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

Published Sep. 06, 2017 01:27 p.m.

Those who cherished Branford native Scott Bottomley, who died tragically in 2016, have had their hearts broken, yet again. Just weeks before the first anniversary of his death, an act of vandalism smashed and ruined the granite seat of Bottomley's memorial bench. The bench had only recently been installed and dedicated at a Bottomley's favorite spot on the Stony Creek Trolley Trail.

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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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The Sound

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

Published May 10, 2017 08:30 a.m.

The important work Daniela Giordano does all year long gets a little more attention in May.

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Connection Between Bullying, Stress to be Discussed May 17

Published May 09, 2017 03:55 p.m.

Stress levels among students have been a big focus among the Madison school district and Madison youth-focus organizations.

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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’

Published May 03, 2017 02:04 p.m.

Members of a Social Club in Branford Make the Case for Sufficient State Funding for their Programs

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Dan Mirandi Photo courtesy of Scranton Memorial Library

Finding the Right Therapist, a Free Presentation

Published May 01, 2017 04:46 p.m.

Licensed Professional Counselor Dan Mirandi will be at the Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison...

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Resources

Suicide
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
 
BHcare
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
 
Toivo
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