Resources for Immediate Mental Health Help:

Call the National Suicide Prevention Line, 1-800-273-8255 or Live Chat Online using Lifeline Chat. If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Crisis Text Line – Children may be reluctant to talk to a therapist or make a phone call for help.  Crisis Text Line provides free 24/7 services crisis support via text. Text NAMI to 741741 and a crisis counselor will text back. See How to Use Crisis Text Line.

Call 2-1-1Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) is an intervention services for children and youth in crisis. EMPS is funded by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families in partnership with the United Way of Connecticut 2-1-1.

Other Resources: 

Voluntary Services Program (through the Department of Children and Families) – The Voluntary Services Program provides treatment services to children with emotional, behavioral, or substance abuse issues who are in need of treatment services they do not otherwise have access to.  The program is voluntary and is available to families of all income levels, including those who have private health insurance.  Families can begin an application to the program by calling the Department of Children and Families Hotline at  1-800-842-2288.

Voluntary Services Program Policies – For a link to the policies related to the Voluntary Services Program, including policies outlining application procedures and eligibility criteria.

Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) – A link to the 2-1-1 EMPS website, including information on services provided and resources for suicide prevention and family support.

Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) – A link to an explanation of Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services, available to any child in crisis by dialing 2-1-1 from any phone in Connecticut.

#BeThe1To Save a Life – Five actions steps for communicating with someone who may be in suicidal crisis.

“Navigating a Mental Health Crisis” – A NAMI resource guide for those experiencing a mental health emergency. NAMI developed this guide to support people experiencing mental health crises, their friends and families by providing important, sometimes lifesaving information. This guide outlines what can contribute to a crisis, warning signs that a crisis is emerging, strategies to help de-escalate a crisis and resources that may be available for those affected. Also included is information about advocating for a person in crisis along with a sample crisis plan. Click here for an Infographic on creating a Crisis Plan.

“Warning Signs of a Mental Health Crisis”– It’s important to know that warning signs are not always present when a mental health crisis is developing.

“Reaching Out for Help” – A #RealConvo Guide from American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).  See also “If Someone Tells You They’re Thinking About Suicide.”

“What to Do In a Mental Health Crisis” – If you are worried that you or your loved one is in crisis or nearing a crisis, seek help.

“Want to Know How to Help a Friend?” – A student guide to mental health.

“Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health” – To help put a thoughtful plan into place should a mental health condition arise, NAMI and The Jed Foundation have created this guide to help start the conversation. It offers both parents and students the opportunity to learn more about mental health, including what the privacy laws are and how mental health information can be shared.