NAMI NATIONAL www.nami.org
This link is the best national resource for information on the latest Research, current Publications, and Advocacy activity. If you have paid your dues and have joined NAMI Connecticut on its site (below), you can also join online Discussion Groups by registering with your own username and password.
NAMI CONNECTICUT www.namict.org
By joining forces with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NAMI Connecticut has access to the most current information on mental health research, and the achievement of a shared vision to influence the overall climate regarding mental health.
On the left side of the home page you will find links for support and practical use in addition to “Resources”. They include outreach programs, public policy, criminal justice, and programs for consumers.
United Way of Connecticut 211:
Infoline 2-1-1 is a partnership between Connecticut United Ways & the State of Connecticut
A local chapter of the International OCD Foundation
Check here for local support groups and helpful resources. [ocdct.org]
Region II Regional Mental Health Board
- 24-hour Crisis Hotline
- Outpatient Treatment
- Self Help/Support Groups
- Spanish Speaking Services
- Substance Abuse Services and Drug Prevention
- Basic Services
Find out more here. www.southcentralhealth.org
There are five mental health regions in Connecticut and each region has a Regional Mental Health Board. In addition, each region is divided into catchment areas which are represented by corresponding Catchment Area Councils (CACs). These advisory councils and boards were established to ensure that citizens from every town in Connecticut will be actively involved in determining and monitoring the kind of mental health services that will be provided by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. To identify your area visit: Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Area Mental Health Services
CT Mental Health Center P.O. Box 1842, 34 Park Street, New Haven, CT 06519
(203) 974-7300 (203) 974-7295 (TTY) The Connecticut Mental Health Center is a cooperative endeavor of the state of Connecticut, department of mental health and addiction services, Yale University schools of medicine and nursing, the Yale-New Haven hospital, Inc. CMHC treats individuals suffering from severe and persistent psychosis, depression, anxiety, addictions (including alcoholism, cocaine, and gambling) and those with co-existing mental health and addiction problems. CMHC also operates outreach programs for individuals who are homeless, who are at serious risk for mental illness, or involved with the criminal justice system. CMHC is also responsible for a specialized clinical service for people whose primary language is Spanish.
BH Care Shoreline 203.483.2650 · 14 Sycamore Way, Branford, CT 06405; (203) 483-2630; BHcare is designated by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services as the Local Mental Health Authority for the following towns: Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton, Branford, East Haven, Guilford, Madison, North Branford, and North Haven.
River Valley Services: Leak Hall, Silver Street, PO Box 351, Middletown, CT 06457 860.262.5200 River Valley Services (RVS), a community mental health center serving Middlesex County and the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme, is operated by the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). RVS’s goal is to provide the highest quality crisis intervention, case management, and residential and clinical services to adult citizens, 18 years of age and older, who suffer from serious mental disorders and who lack the financial means to secure such services in the private sector.
Connecticut Network of Care
CNC covers a variety of topics including housing, transportation, employment, etc. www.connecticut.networkofcare.org/mh/
Connecticut’s Network of Care for Behavioral Health is made possible through State and Private Partnerships committed to promoting access to behavioral health care information for all residents of Connecticut. This Website is a resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental health. It provides information about mental health services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features. Regardless of where you begin your search for assistance with mental health issues, the Network of Care helps you find what you need – it helps ensure that there is “No Wrong Door” for those who need services. This Website can greatly assist in our efforts to protect our greatest human asset – our beautiful minds.
To read more about “Housing and Continuity of Care” click on the link below.
The article, written in 2010, is made available with permission by the NAMI Stamford/Greenwich
Helpful Websites for young people
Helpful Facebook Pages
@NAMI Shoreline Affiliate, Connecticut and
@Challenging Kids: Enlightened Parents
BREATHE EASY with NAMI Air APP
NAMI AIR (Anonymous. Inspiring. Relatable) is the new NAMI app, a free, mobile-based social network designed for individuals living with mental health conditions and their family members/caregivers.
NAMI AIR is intended to provide another way for people to find and give support, to connect with others through smart phone and computer tablet.
- NAMI AIR encourages users to anonymously share their stories and receive feedback in the form of social interactions such as “like,” “hug” and “me too.”
- Also allows users to access information on how to get help, learn more about NAMI and connect with the NAMI HelpLine.
- NAMI AIRfacilitates personal connections with others who may be going through, or have been through, similar situations. Users are anonymous but not alone.
How do I start using NAMI AIR? After NAMI AIR is downloaded through the Apple and Android App Stores, users will start by creating an account and selecting a group to join.
Helpful Readings suggested by NAMI Shoreline members
To read “Questions for the Pharmacist” click on the link below. The article, written in 2010, is made available with permission by the NAMI Stamford/Greenwich affiliate.
The following article was published on February 25, 2013 in The Connecticut Mirror.
Readings suggested by Professionals
NAMI Family to Family Education Program: Basic References for Families, 2012
OTHER ARTICLES OF INTEREST