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Emergency:  Call 911

For Child Psychiatric Crisis, in CT  call 2-1-1

   to reach CT Mobile Crisis Intervention Services for children

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (adults and children) (800) 273-8255

Kids in Crisis 24 hour helpline: 203-661-1911  (KIC is based in Stamford CT)

Crisis Text Line: Text CONNECT to 741741

Trevor ProjectCrisis intervention services for  LGBTQ youth  24/7 Crisis phone line and Mon-Fri 3-10 EST youth can text START to 678678 for support

For substance use treatment information  24/7  in CT:  (800) 563-4086 (DMHAS)

 REGIONAL CRISIS line for adult mental health crisis: (800) 586-9903

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For support following a suicide or attempt: https://afsp.org/find-/support.

In Southwest CT, there are suicide loss support groups in Greenwich and Westport: 

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Find  more resources related to general Grief and Loss, HERE

 good article to help you talk about loss and sadness, From Heysigmund.com:  Building Emotional Intelligence in Children: Talking About Sadness, Loss and Grief

 

 

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Suicide Prevention Information

 
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention/ About Suicide: There is no single cause to suicide. It most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities.  Teens and Suicide: What Parents Should Know. Asking your child directly about suicide will not increase their risk, or plant the idea. It will create an opportunity to offer support, and let them know you care enough to have the conversation.” Risk Factors and Warning Signs  
 
 

Youth Suicide- Let’s Give Them Hope,' a good article from Heysigmund.com: “What I do know is that our kids need us.   They need to see hope in our eyes and feel heard and accepted when they come to us. We need to help them understand that     they are  not alone in a world that feels so lonely.”

National Alliance on Mental illness (NAMIis a nationwide organization, and this is their Connecticut  branch. They have information about local parent support groups, a Guide to Navigating a Mental health Crisis, Know the Signs education, and a Help Line (NOT for crisis)   1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or  Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET. “HelpLine staff and volunteers are prepared to answer your questions about mental health issues.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Teens and Suicide: What Parents Should Know. Asking your child directly about suicide will not increase their risk, or plant the idea. It will create an opportunity to offer support, and let them know you          care enough to have the conversation.”