Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resources

This page has been created as a centralized resource for parents and school counselors. It is not intended to be used as a substitution for diagnosis, treatment, or professional advice.

If you are in a crisis or if someone you are with is in a crisis, contact emergency authorities immediately.

All links provided on this page go to external sites. East Lyme Schools and its employees take no responsibility for the content and control of information on the sites as they are provided as a resource to those who wish to utilize them.

Department of Children and Families Links

CT Children's Behavioral Health Plan

CT Children's Behavioral Health Plan Executive Summary - (Items of interest Pg 2-H & Pg 7) - Voluntary Services Program through D.C.F. for families requesting support through a variety of agencies

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) - Southeastern Mental Health Authority


Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (Under age 18)


DIal - 211 for immediate assistance (Includes districts with MOU)

(Over age 18 EAST LYME and SALEM residents call – Southeast Mental Health Authority (860) 886-9302)


Family With Service Needs - Parent complaint form


Family Support

American Red Cross -

Care and Share of East Lyme offering food, financial, and emergency support for families -

Shoreline Soup Kitchen, First Congregational Church of Old Lyme -

Single Mother Grant info -

United Way Mobile Food Pantry -


Grief Management

Sesame Street Resources - (Search "Grief")

The Cove Center for Grieving Children -

SE CT Center for Hospice Care - - Expressive Arts is related to children and the general Bereavement Services are Adult related

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement -

Coalition to Support Grieving Students -

National Child Traumatic Stress Network -

National Association of School Psychologists -

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network -

The American Academy of Pediatrics - (Search "Children and Disasters")

Mental Health America, Helping Children Cope with Tragedy Related Anxiety -

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress: Restoring a Sense of Well-being in Children After Disaster


Hartford Healthcare - Backus Hospital, Natchaug, Rushford - A Network of Providers and Resources from the CT. River to the R.I. Border



The Human Rights Campaign - LGBT Civil Rights Advocacy Group -

Trevor Project providing Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Young People (ages 13-24) -

The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network -

Considerations When Providing Mental Health First Aid for an LGBTIQ person -

Support and Advocacy for LBGT Community -

True Colors, Sexual Minority Youth and Family Services -

College choice support -

Guide to college for LGBTQ students 

College Guide for LGBTQ Students

College Scholarships for LGBTQ Students

The Best College for LGBTQ Students in Each State


Mental Health Info and Links

Connecituct Suicide Prevention Plan 2020 -

Suicide Prevention Information - - Utilize "Resources" tab on top of page and then choose appropriate section

Suicide Prevention Resource Center -

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline -

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention -

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education -

Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut -

Connecticut Mental Health Care Information -

Connecticut Mental Health and Addiction services page -

L&M Hospital Behavioral Medicine -

Articles and Advice about Mental Health -

Learn how to how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in your community -


Parent Resources for a variety of issues

Parent Resource Center through The Governor's Prevention Partnership

Parent Support Network through Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Parent Resources through "My Bottom Line" - Red Flags for Opiate Abuse and Facilities for Substance Abuse

Statewide Family Advocacy for Children's Mental and Behavioral Health

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network - Improving access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.

L&M Hospital Behavioral Medicine (Counseling Services) -

How to talk to your kids about Substance Abuse -

Prescription Drug Recalls/Interactions/Complications/Side Effects -

American School Counselor Association - Guidance, Tips, and Resources -

Information relative to the safety of medications and medical devices -

Support network for families dealing with drug addictions -

National Association of School Psychologists -

Treatment Placement Specialists -

Walden Behavioral Care for Psychiatric and Eating Disorders -

Uncas Health District (Serving Salem) -


Sexual Assault/Dating Violence/Victims of Crime Information

Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern CT -

CT Alliance to End Sexual Assault -

Jane Doe No More -

Joyful Heart Foundation - Sexual Assault Resources -

The Date Safe Project -

State of CT Judicial Branch Office of Victim Services -

S.A.V.E. Students Against Violence Everywhere - Relationship Violence -

U.S. Dept. of Human and Health Services - Healthy Relationships -

National Domestic Violence Hotline - Love Is Respect - Healthy Relationships -

Safe Futures - Helping those impacting by Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Southeastern CT -


Substance Abuse Links

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Clearing House for Drug and Alcohol Information -

National Institute on Drug Abuse -

Mothers Against Drunk Driving -

Wikipedia - Illegal Drug Trade -

Narcotics Anonymous -

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism -

Alcoholics Anonymous -

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence -

Addiction Center

Project Courage -

Drug Rehab -

The Governor's Prevention Partnership Resources Page -

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Alcohol Conversation starters - Five conversation goals

Parent Resources through "My Bottom Line" - Red Flags for Opiate Abuse and Facilities for Substance Abuse -

Nationwide Addiction Rehab Centers -

Addiction Resources for family, friends, and those addicted -

Drug and Alcohol recovery and treatment -

Support Group Project - Connections and links to support groups -

Drug Treatment Center Finder/Addictionary -

South Shores Recovery, Southern CA -

Alcohol Rehab and Recovery -

Drug and Alcohol Detox Assistance -

Aware Recovery Care -

Shatterproof -

Sleep Help Institute -


Teen Pregnancy

Catholic Charities - Pregnancy Services -

Information on Sexual Health for teens and young adults -

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England -

Madonna Place serving New London County -

Child and Family Agency of Southeastern CT -


Tobacco Cessation Resource

Tobacco Free Life -