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Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
- Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
- Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
- Family history of mental health problems
Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.
Early Warning Signs
Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health problems?
Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:
- Eating or sleeping too much or too little
- Pulling away from people and usual activities
- Having low or no energy
- Feeling numb or like nothing matters
- Having unexplained aches and pains
- Feeling helpless or hopeless
- Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
- Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
- Yelling or fighting with family and friends
- Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
- Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
- Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
- Thinking of harming yourself or others
- Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school
Mental Health and Wellness
Positive mental health allows people to:
- Realize their full potential
- Cope with the stresses of life
- Work productively
- Make meaningful contributions to their communities
Ways to maintain positive mental health include:
- Getting professional help if you need it
- Connecting with others
- Staying positive
- Getting physically active
- Helping others
- Getting enough sleep
- Developing coping skills
Where to look for help?
COACH (COVID-19 Assistance for Community Health)
Help is available to talk about ongoing effects of the pandemic. If you’re having a tough time, it is okay; we all struggle sometimes. With newly expanded services, COACH (COVID-19 Assistance for Community Health) can help.
Support coaches are case managers who can help connect you to services, such as mental health and wellness resources, substance use treatment and recovery supports, housing and transportation assistance, and more. Coaches will coordinate care and assist you every step of the way; no problem is too small.
This service is free and no insurance is needed.
Open Counseling – Connecticut Mental Health Services Guide
Many people don’t realize that publicly-funded mental health services are available in their state. People looking for free or low-cost counseling often think their only options are counselors in private practice and don’t know that publicly-funded providers in their communities may also offer counseling services.
Windsor resources will be found the Region Four (Northern Connecticut).
211 of Connecticut
The links on this website provide comprehensive, up-to-date information on programs and services that can assist with mental health care.
CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/index.htm
CT Stronger Mental Health – https://www.mentalhealth.gov
National Association on Mental Illness – NAMI – https://www.nami.org
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – SAMHSA – https://www.samhsa.gov