Mental Health Resources
For anyone in immediate danger, call 911. For people not in immediate danger, but needing someone to talk with about suicidal feelings or if you are in crisis, dial 988.
988 – The Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
988 Contact Center services include rapid 24/7 access to trained crisis contact center staff who can help people experiencing suicidal, substance use and other mental health crises.
To reach the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline:
- Call or text 988
(Adult Crisis Telephone Intervention and Options Network)
For adults in distress who are 18 years of age or older who are in the community and in the midst of a psychiatric or emotional crisis for which an immediate response may be required.
- Available 24/7, 365 days a year
- Multilingual staff or interpreters available as needed
- Call 1-800-HOPE-135 (1-800.467.3135) or 211
- FREE to all CT residents
The ACTION line team is comprised of dedicated contact specialists, licensed clinicians and a peer support specialist with lived experience with mental health and substance use/addiction.
Crisis Services for Youth
For children under age 18, call 2-1-1.
Children and teens are also at risk of mental health crises and illnesses. For a young person with symptoms of a mental disorder, the earlier treatment is started, the more effective it can be. Early treatment can help prevent more severe, lasting problems as a child grows up.
If you are concerned about a child or teen, a good starting point is the National Institute of Mental Health’s page for Child and Adolescent Health and MentalHealth.gov’s page for Parents and Caregivers, which include symptoms and indicators of potential mental health issues.
It can be difficult to support your child’s mental health when you are struggling yourself. HealthyChildren.org offers some tips for how to care for yourself and the young people in your life during challenging times.
Substance Abuse Treatment
For 24/7 access to substance use treatment, including detox and transportation, call the Access Line at 1-800-563-4086.
The Chrysalis Center
Chrysalis Center helps those living in poverty, veterans, women and children, young adults and individuals who are struggling with mental health, addiction, HIV/AIDS, homelessness and those returning from incarceration. Through job training, employment services, housing and other community healthcare services, Chrysalis Center helps individuals transform their lives by “Getting help… Getting better… and Giving Back.”
- 255 Homestead Ave, Hartford, CT 06112
- (860) 263-4400
Long Term Supports
Mental health resources, such as therapies, medications, and rehabilitative services are available to you if you need them.
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a free, confidential online behavioral health treatment services locator.
- Mental Health America offers an online resource to help you identify the right treatment plan for your situation.
If you are looking for more information about a specific mental health condition or diagnosis, a helpful guide is available from the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) here.
Other Mental Health Hotlines
You can always call 211 to speak to someone and find local assistance, but there are also dedicated helplines available to anyone in the U.S.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Veterans Crisis Line: call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1; or text 838255
- Crisis Text Line: text the word ‘Home’ to 741-741
- The Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth: call 1-866-488-7386
- The Trans Lifeline: call 1-877-565-8860
Local resources include:
- 835 Bloomfield Ave, Windsor, CT
- (860) 413-9538
Community Health Resources
- 693 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, CT
- (860) 243-6584
Institute of Living
- 200 Retreat Avenue, Hartford, CT
- (860) 545-7200
- Mental Health Counseling
Jewish Family Services
- 333 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT
- (860) 236-1927
- Child Psychiatry/Counseling