We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of anxiety, fear, and panic for many people. Additionally, people with existing mental health conditions may find their symptoms worsening under the stress and trauma of current events. We put together some resources that we hope you will find helpful if you need mental health help. If you'd like to have a volunteer call and check in on you please use this form to let us know.
Local Therapists Offering Online/Phone Sessions:
We complied a list of local therapists who may be able to provide virtual support during this challenging time. Please note that the we do not endorse any particular therapist and we are only including providers who accept insurance on the list.
Lymes' Youth Service Bureau (LYSB):
The LYSB can help with youth-related mental health concerns. Please reach out to them at (860) 434-7208.
Connecticut "Warm" Lines: Warm Lines are telephone support services staffed by people who have experience/expertise with mutual support. Please note that these lines are not crisis lines but instead are meant for people who just need some emotional support. This is a free service provided by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
EMPS Mobile Crisis Intervention Services: Services specifically for children and adolescents experiencing a behavioral or mental health crisis that is accessed by calling 2-1-1. Funded by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and in partnership with the United Way of Connecticut and the Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI), the program comprises a team of nearly 150 trained mental health professionals across the state that can respond immediately by phone or face to face within 45 minutes when a child is experiencing an emotional or behavioral crisis. The purpose of the program is to serve children in their homes and communities, reduce the number of visits to hospital Emergency Rooms, and divert them from hospitalization if a lower level of care is a safe, effective alternative.
Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746. The disaster distress helpline provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255); En Español 1-888-628-9454. The Lifeline is a free, confidential crisis hotline that is available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Lifeline connects callers to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals. People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have hearing loss can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889.
Crisis Text Line: Text “HELLO” to 741741. The Crisis Text hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the U.S. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, connecting them with a crisis counselor who can provide support and information.
In the Rooms: In The Rooms is a free online recovery tool that offers 130 weekly online meetings for those recovering from addiction and related issues. They embrace multiple pathways to recovery, including all 12 Step, Non-12 Step, Wellness and Mental Health modalities.
National Alliance on Mental Illness, Connecticut Chapter: You are not alone. NAMI, CT offers more than 70 free, confidential support groups across the state. Their support groups are led by trained facilitators with lived experience with mental health issues or with a family member who has a mental health condition.