There is no shame in caring for your mental health and getting help when you need it. Here are some tools and resources available to support you and your loved ones.
- Are you feeling extra worried, irritated, sad, or hopeless?
- Have you noticed changes in how you are sleeping or eating?
If you answered yes to either of these questions, take a simple screening or talk to your doctor. Identifying your feelings is the first step to understanding what they mean.*
- Recognize the common signs and symptoms of mental illness.
- Find local services that can help you. Connecticut’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services offers a list of crisis services by town and region.
- Take small steps, like getting more sleep and working out, to add balance in your life.
- Set goals and habits you can reach to live healthy and cope with life’s challenges.
- ConnectiCare members: Find information on your mental health benefits and the resources available to you.
- Find help and support in your community. Mental Health Connecticut maintains a list of support groups around the state. They also have information on services, events, and other wellness resources.
- Be open with those closest to you. Encourage a two-way conversation with your loved ones to see how you can support each other. And ask for help if you need it.
- Prioritize yourself. Make time to do the things you enjoy most. We gathered some tips to help you focus on self-care.
Help is available
You are not alone. Help is available 24/7 if you need emotional support, are concerned about your own mental health, or fear for the health and safety of a friend or loved one.
ConnectiCare members may be able to get support using their behavioral health benefit, available through Optum. Call 1-888-946-4658 or visit liveandworkwell.com. The online access code is “connecticare.”
For added help with stress, anxiety or depression, here are some national hotlines:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
- Hopeline: 1-800-442-4673
*Important note: The information and resources provided are not intended to diagnose a medical or mental health condition and are not a substitute for professional medical advice or care. Please contact your physician when seeking any medical advice or if your results indicate you may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness.