Mental HealthMental wellness is not just the absence of a diagnosable mental illness.
- 10 Things You Can Do For Your Mental Health
- 5 Myths About ADHD Drugs
- Acronym List
- Adolescents and Trauma
- Adult Stress; Frequently Asked Questions
- After A Disaster: How To Help Child Victims
- Anxiety Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder Disorder In Children and Teens
- Children and Adolescents with Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders
- Choking Game
- Coming Home: Adjustments for Military Families
- Coping With Stress Checklist
- Coping With The Stress Of Layoff And Unemployment
- Depression And The Elderly
- Depression Checklist
- Depression: Getting Help
- Desorden Bipolar (La Enfermedad Maniaco-Depresiva) En Los Adolescentes
- El Autismo
- El Cuidado Continuo Para Niños y Adolescentes
- El Infligirse En Los Adolescentes
- Estigma Y Enfermedad Mental
- Getting Treatment
- Helping Teens Cope With Stress
- Lista De Los Sintomas De La Depresion Clinica
- Meditation: An Introduction
- Myths and Facts About Mental Health
- Myths And Facts: Mental Health Problems Affect Everyone
- Overcoming Substance Use and Mental Disorders: A Guide to Recovery from Co-occurring Disorders
- Que Es El Trastorno De Deficit De Atencion E Hiperactividad (TDAH)?
- Regreso Al Hogar: Ajustes Para Las Familias De Los Militares
- Resource Guide for Behavioral Health
- Returning From The War Zone: Information For Families, Friends And Military Members
- SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Self-Injury in Adolescents
- Stigma and Mental Illlness
- Suicide In Youth: What You Can Do About It
- Suicide: Frequently Asked Questions
- The Continuum of Care for Children and Adolescents
- Traditional Therapies Used To Treat Mental Illnesses
- Treating War's Signature Injury: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Understanding & Helping the Suicidal Person
- What Is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
- What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
- Women's Mental Health
- Your Child's Mental Health
Research & Statistics
- Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System - CT Department of Public HealthReports & publications from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System include: Adverse Childhood Experiences in CT, Behavioral health risks in specific districts, smoking data, and more.
- Cornell Research Program on Self-Injurious Behavior in Adolescents and Young AdultsThis site includes a variety of publications - bibliographies, fact sheets, reviews of academic literature - on self-injurious behavior.
- Data Reports by Topic - SAMHSA
- Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) Reports (Connecticut)Reports include EMPS episodes, number of children served, volume of episodes, demographic data and more.
- Hospitalization Statistics - CT Department of Public HealthThis site includes summary data & tables for causes of hospitalization, by age grouping & gender. Includes mental disorders.
- Mental Health - CDC FastStats Provides access to data on morbidity, health care use, mortality, and other related data and links.
- National Institute of Mental Health: Statistics
Provides prevalence statistics for various mental disorders.
- PubMedPubMed comprises more than 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
- Suicide Statistics from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in ConnecticutThis page provides a table of the number of suicides by age, gender and year. The table in Fiscal Year Statistics includes a column on the number of suicides by year.
- WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System)WISQARS is an interactive database system that provides customized reports of injury-related data.
- Anxiety Screening - Mental Health America
- Mental Health Screening Tools - Mental Health America
- Online Assessment Measures – American Psychiatric Association
- Screening and Assessing Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Among Youth in the Juvenile Justice System - OJJDP
- Screening for Eating Disorders by Primary Care Physicians - National Eating Disorders Association
- Screening Tools & Rating Scales (Massachusetts General Hospital: The School Psychiatry Program And Mood & Anxiety Disorders Institute Resource Center)
- Screening Tools - SAMHSA HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions
- Self-Tests - Dept. of Psychiatry, UMASS Medical School
- What's My M3
Locate a Treatment Facility
Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline if You Need To Talk To Someone. Dial 911 if you have an Emergency.
Having good mental health helps us cope with the daily stresses of life in a healthy way, allows us to maintain positive relationships, engage in healthy activities, and enjoy life. We can maintain good mental health by:
- staying socially active
- eating nutritious foods
- exercising regularly
- getting enough sleep
- avoiding alcohol and drug abuse
While many people experience feelings of anxiety and sadness or great stress at some time in their lives, it does not mean that they have a mental illness. A mental illness is a health condition that changes how a person thinks, feels, or acts (or all three) and causes the person distress and difficulty in fuctioning.
Each mental illness has its own characteristic symptoms. However, there are some general warning signs that might alert you that someone needs professional help. Some of these signs include:
marked personality change
inability to cope with problems and daily activities
strange or grandiose ideas
prolonged depression and apathy
marked changes in eating or sleeping patterns
extreme mood swings
excessive anger, hostility, or violent behavior
abuse of alcohol or drugs
thinking or talking about suicide or harming oneself