Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Resources

The resources listed here offer current, evidence-based, reliable information.

UCC Mental Health Network Includes a resource for Becoming W. I. S. E. for Mental Health (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaged)

Congregational Resource Guide curated resources to address your congregation’s needs. Features a searchable index of topics.

Mental - Let's Talk About It. This site provides a concise list including early warning signs and links to resources for all ages.

Mental Health America National Mental Health Month toolkit.  Annual Mental Health Month toolkits with ready-to-use fact sheets, media posts and articles. Information is available on a variety of mental health issues and advocacy for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ populations.

National Institute of Mental Health. The site offers data on mental health conditions, brochures, and fact sheets or videos to download or order free of charge.  

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMIProvides resources, education, advocacy, community programs, support groups and more.  

  • Find your local NAMI affiliate. 
  • NAMI Walks Form a team to join the NAMI Walk in your area to support mental health advocacy.  
  • NAMI FaithNet  is a resource network to help congregations be supportive of persons and families living with mental illness. Top sheets, sample sermons, blogs and discussion groups are among the many resources for faith communities.  

Mental Health: A Guide for Faith Leaders  Published by the American Psychiatric Association Foundation includes suggestions for congregations and clergy to be supportive of those struggling with mental illness including education, workshops, lectures to learn about mental illness, and practical individual gestures such as prayers, notes, cards and meals during a crisis. Faith and spiritual practices also give a person who is struggling a sense of connection, meaning and purpose in life that can be helpful on the path to healing.  

Interfaith Network on Mental Illness (INMI): 10 Things Faith Community Leaders Can Do to Make The World a Better Place for People with Mental Illness 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Reliable information is available for individuals experiencing substance use disorder or mental health concerns as well as families, community and faith leaders.  

Find Support for issues with mental health, drugs, or alcohol 

Office of Disability Employment US Department of Labor Accommodations for Employees with Mental Health Conditions discusses accommodations for employees with mental health conditions. 

Faith & Leadership ~ John Swinton: Helping Christians with Mental Health Issues Starts with Better Language 

Strategies for Coping with Anxiety - Courtesy of Middlebury Congregational Church.  Compiled by Janine Sullivan-Wiley, M.A., and Kent Sullivan-Wiley, PhD. 

Depression A slide presentation by Deborah Ringen MSN, RN-BC Faith Community Nurse for SNEUCC, September 2020, that includes how to identify depression and ways to relieve symptoms and get help when needed.  

The Kennedy Forum NAMI: The Health Insurance Appeals Guide: A Consumer Guide for Filing Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Appeals  

State Mental Health Crisis Lines 

Mental Health Crisis Intervention Services/ Mobile Crisis CT: 211 

Massachusetts Suicide and Crisis Hotlines: Numbers are dependent on location. 

Rhode Island Suicide & Crisis Hotlines: Numbers are dependent on location. 

Suicide Prevention 

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC).  Find current strategies for suicide prevention, recorded free webinars, ways to engage from digital and social media messaging to partnering with local and state organizations.  

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline   

Veteran’s Crisis Line:  988 then Press 1 

Spanish language 988 Services 

Faith, Hope & Life Campaign from National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention strives to engage all communities of faith in suicide prevention. Resources include ways to build community, provide care and pray for persons affected by suicide.  

New Suicide Prevention Hotline: 988  SNEUCC blog; state and national suicide prevention hotlines are discussed.  

State Specific Suicide Crisis Response Lines 

CT specific 988 information 

Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board  Educational resources and links to help lines. 

MA specific 988 information 
RI specific Suicide Prevention 

Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention Training Programs 

Mental Health First Aid  This 8-hour course teaches the signs of mental health and substance use challenges, how to respond and obtain care if needed. It is taught nationally in many communities and online. Find a course/instructor near you on the website. 

National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI Provides resources, education, advocacy, community programs, support groups and more.  

QPR Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training Question, Persuade, Refer suicide prevention training. Learn more and find a certified instructor near you.  

Teen Suicide Prevention YouTube video by the Mayo Clinic. Warning signs of teen depression and thoughts of suicide. “Say, what’s wrong? How can I help?” It doesn’t hurt to ask.  

The Caring Clergy Project. An interfaith resource to equip clergy to recognize and refer people with mental health issues.  

National Mental Health Crisis Resource & Help Lines 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 988  

Text HOME to 741741 for the Crisis Text Line

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline that provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.  

National Helpline  1-800-662 HELP (4357)  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Reports 

CDC Releases 2021 Provisional Suicide Data The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has released a report of provisional national suicide data from 2021.  

Mental Health, Suicidality, and Connectedness Among High School Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic — Adolescent Behaviors and Experiences Survey, United States, January–June 2021, Jones SE, Ethier KA, Hertz M, et al.

Substance Use Disorders 

 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Resources include education about the risks of drug misuse, coping for families, and community engagement in prevention activities.  

Mayo Clinic - Drug Addiction Symptoms, Causes, DDiagnosis, Treatment. This is a comprehensive discussion of substance use disorder from risks for addiction to treatment and complications. The reader is educated about the signs of specific drug misuse and their dangers. Several drugs are specifically discussed from cannabis to opioids and inhalation to injection.   

State Resources for Substance Use Disorder: Medicare, Medicaid and Beyond  

Medicare Coverage of Substance Abuse Disorder 

Video Chats on Mental Health and Illness 

Health & Wellness Conversationfrom SNEUCC on Vimeo (May 24, 2022) 

Lessons from the Hundred Acre Wood (December 2021) - Slides 

The Heart of the Caregiveron Vimeo (December 2021) 

Health & Wellness Conversation ONA from SNEUCC on Vimeo (May 27, 2021) 

Health & Wellness Conversation with MassSupport: Tips for managing stress (Feb. 25, 2021) 

Balancing Mind, Body and Spirit (Nov. 23, 2020) 

More videos from SNEUCC on Vimeo. 

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