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COVID-19 Resources & Information

CT Stronger: COACH is here ...

to connect you with resources to keep your family safe and healthy. Support coaches can put you in touch with services that can help, or listen if you want to talk with someone about how this pandemic is affecting you. 

Self Care
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Create structure in your day.

Being on lockdown is disorienting. To rebalance, plan out a daily schedule with your household members that incorporates work/school time; together time; check-in calls with friends or neighbors; doing something creative; doing something relaxing; and getting exercise. The 8 Dimensions of Wellness model offers a way to stay balanced. And be sure to create distance between work and personal time, even if working at home!

Get outside.

Fresh air, sunlight, and exercise (at a safe distance!) are all good for your mental wellbeing and physical health. A fun inclusive way to exercise is  Oak Hill CT's Adaptive Gym classes on Facebook Live and YouTube, which people of all abilities can do together, or Toivo's daily online wellness activities such as yoga and Qi-Gong.

Practice gratitude.

Be grateful for things little and big. Challenged by distance learning? It's still an opportunity to spend more time with kids. Missing company? What a great time to start Zoom dinners and games with remote friends. Bored out of your mind? See it as an opportunity to get household projects done or learn a new craft. Check out this daily evening inventory from BlessingManifesting. 

Coping with Anxiety

Helpful Resources

  • CDC tips for yourself, parents, responders, and people released from quarantine here.

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention tips for self-care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty.

  • Wide range of resources for different audiences, in English and Spanish, from PsychHub here

  • Resources for people living with mental illness and their families from Mental Health America here

  • COVID-19 Mental Wellness Video Series by the Town of Darien

  • The Hub's blog post on Mental Health Awareness & COVID-19 for Fairfield County's Community Foundation here

  • "Self Care More Important Now than Ever, Mental Health Providers Say" - Read article.

Crisis Lines and Warmlines
Crisis Lines
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Soundview Warmline

Warmline provides active listening/peer support to people with mental illness or mental health issues. Service is NOT intended for people who are in crisis and/or suicidal.

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For Young Adults

If for any reason you have trouble getting through, send a text to (860) - 549 -2435 with your name and a callback number.

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CT Behavioral Health

Partnership Warmline

Available in English & Spanish

Download flyer.

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Reach Out Connecticut

Available in English & Spanish 

You can also visit their website for resources or Text "CTALK" to 30241 to enroll in FREE text message support program.

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Friendship Line: Institute on Aging

 24-hour toll-free Friendship Line for people aged 60+, and adults with disabilities.


Download Flyer.

Mental Health Support Services
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Download a Complete List of FREE Peer Support Groups for Behavioral Health

in Southwest Connecticut (for individuals & families)

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View more support groups from the Women's Center.

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Living with Loss Support Group

This support group is also for anyone that had a loss during COVID and wasn't able to grieve properly

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COVID Adult Support Group

Teacher Support Group


Visit their website for a complete list of offerings.

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Addiction Recovery Support Services
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For Parents

NPR’s Just For Kids presents a comic 

exploring  Coronavirus 

PBS KIDS’ Daniel Tiger explains How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus identifies possible concerns kids may have, including the worry that their parents may die, here 

The Search Institute focuses on how to Respond to Fear and Scapegoating During the Coronavirus Epidemic

The National Association of School Psychologists has downloadable factsheets in English & Spanish, and links to factsheets on coping stress during infectious disease outbreaks

Great advice from Positive Directions (Westport) and the Search Institute (click here  to open and scroll through images)

Spanish: Cómo hablar con los niños sobre el coronavirus from Child Mind Institute here

Social-Emotional Learning Alliance

Resources for the US here

The Child Mind Institute has a variety of resources and tip sheets to help families cope with the pandemic and mental health issues that arise.

Videos & discussion resources to support resilience and prevent substance use for middle and high school students and families from "Natural High" here

Courageous Parenting online education for parents around substance use awareness and prevention, from Norwalk-based Courage to Speak, here

Check-in At Home activities from the CT-based Jordan Porco Foundation (creator of Fresh Check Day) -- click here.

For Providers & Employers
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Behavioral health providers

  • The National Council on Behavioral Health has compiled resources for providers on managing policies, resources, finances, teletherapy, human resources, etc. here

  • ​SAMHSA's COVID page has info on training and TA, PPE, grants, telehealth, providing outpatient and MAT in a virtual world, info for first responders & more here.  

  • ​Resource list for social workers from Mental Health License Map here.

  • ​TherapyNotes has useful guidance for therapists implementing telehealth here. 

  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has a FAQ on Telehealth and HIPAA during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.

  • Telehealth Certification Training for Mental Health Professionals from PESI.


  • Mental health and substance use resources for employers during & after COVID from the National Safety Council here

  • Workplace reintegration toolkit from Mental Health America of Greater Dallas here

  • Downloadable PDFs on different topics from PsychHub here.

  • 6 step plan for employers going back to work here.

  • CT Business Resources here.

  • CT Information for Workers & Employers  here.

Free Virtual Wellness Activities
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Local Resources
Local Resources
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FREE Community Support and Outreach Services 


COACH can connect you with local resources.

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