Mental Wellness Resources in Connecticut
A Message from Richard Porth President/CEO of United Way of Connecticut

Mental health issues affect one out of five 18 to 25 year olds, but fortunately there are resources available to help. In Connecticut, the 1 Word 1 Voice 1 Life suicide prevention campaign has information and advice for reaching out to people at risk and starting a conversation that could save a life. 

A new resource is, a mental wellness website created by young people in Connecticut who are in recovery from mental health and substance abuse issues. The site, which was created under the guidance of the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board with support from the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, has a mission to empower teens and young adults in their pursuit of mental and emotional wellness. TurningPointCT features video testimonials, stories, facts about mental health issues, and a moderated forum that offers a safe place for young people to share their feelings and experiences.

In addition to these sites, 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week online and on the phone. If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs information about mental health resources, dial 2-1-1 or visit

Art2Free Mortgage Assistance Event for Homeowners October 9th

Homeowners can get information and assistance with foreclosure prevention, loan modifications, debt management, emergency mortgage assistance programs, and other lending-related issues at a free mortgage assistance event in Waterbury on October 9th.

Sponsored by the Office of the Governor, the Office of the Attorney General, and the Connecticut Department of Banking, this free event offers homeowners the opportunity to meet one-on-one with their mortgage lender or a HUD-approved housing counselor.  The event will be held from 10:00am to 7:00pm at the Conference Center at CoCo Key, 3580 East Main Street, Waterbury, CT.

Additional details, directions and a list of documents to bring to the event are available on the Department of Banking website or by downloading the event flyer.

For more information about avoiding foreclosure and resources available to help homeowners, visit the 2-1-1 eLibrary or dial 2-1-1.
Art3Find a Local Flu Shot Clinic

The HealthMap Vaccine Finder website lists the locations and hours of clinics where seasonal flu shot vaccines are available.


In addition to helping you find the nearest available clinics for flu vaccines, the HealthMap site includes pricing information (where available) and availability details for 10 other vaccines. For more information about finding flu vaccines, dial 2-1-1 or visit HealthMap online.
Art4About Enterovirus D68

According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health(DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control, (CDC), Enterovirus D68 has been confirmed in Connecticut.

To limit exposure and protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, the CDC recommends taking the following precautions:
  • Wash hands often
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact and sharing cups or utensils with people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, especially if someone is sick
For more information about Enterovirus D68, visit the CDC website at this link and check the 2-1-1 eLibrary article for updates.

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