There are a number of places to find support and learn more about mental health and substance use as well as managing life transitions, good, bad, or otherwise. Retirement, births, deaths, career changes, moving....all have an impact on our lives and it can often be helpful to have support or talk to someone. Below you will find some of the many resources out there. When in doubt, a quick look in a search engine or calling 211 (in Connecticut) can link you to resources.
In the state of Connecticut, you can find resources through the state website. I've put some helpful links below. Crisis Services in the state of Connecticut There are crisis services other than calling 911 or 211. There are mobile crisis units that can talk to you or your loved one on the phone, come to your home, and help you figure out if you need more support. Different crisis teams work in different areas of the state so this link can take you to the services in your area. Connecticut Network of Care for Behavioral Health This Web site 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.
When it comes to your health, you need and deserve to have treatment that feels right for you, where you feel connected and trust your providers. Research as much as you can, make calls, go to websites, even interviewing therapists or "testing out" meetings. Get the treatment you need.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization started by a group of families impacted by mental health issues. Today, NAMI is one of the nation's leading advocacy, education, and support groups with local chapters, state organizations, and a host of volunteers to raise awareness and help in this important work.
The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) is an organization dedicated to promoting understanding, education, and advocacy of the art therapy profession. There is still a great deal of misinformation about the expressive arts therapy but the enthusiasm out there is wonderful. If you are considering trying art therapy but don't really "get it", the link will take you directly to the "about art therapy" page.