Starting Early

Where to find help

Dial 2-1-1

People in Connecticut can dial 2-1-1 to reach a specialist who can provide referrals for a wide range of services, including mental health care, providers who specialize in treating trauma, help meeting basic needs and other community resources. It’s run by United Way of Connecticut and available 24 hours a day. Information is also available online at

Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services

This program is a mobile intervention for children and adolescents experiencing a behavioral or mental health crisis. People can reach it by calling 2-1-1.

Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services statewide hotline

1-888-999-5545 English
1-888-568-8332 Spanish

Calling this number will connect you to the sexual assault crisis center closest to you. The centers provide counseling, accompaniment to medical care, legal advocacy, support groups, information and referrals. The hotline is free and available 24 hours a day. All services are free and confidential.

Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence statewide hotline

888-774-2900 for English
844-831-9200 for Spanish

People can call this number for support, advocacy, information and referrals. It is available 24 hours a day and calls are confidential. People don’t have to be in crisis to call.

You can find a list of local domestic violence service providers here.

Child Development Infoline


People with questions about child development, challenging behaviors, disabilities or other health-related issues involving children can call the Child Development Infoline to reach a care coordinator who can help address the questions and provide links to resources. People can also use this number to access services for children and families. Those services include Help Me Grow, which is intended to identify children at risk for developmental or behavioral problems and connect them to resources; and Birth to Three, which serves young children with developmental delays or disabilities. The infoline is run by United Way of Connecticut and staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Kids Mental Health Info

This website, created by the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, includes information about children’s mental health issues and answers to questions including how to tell if a child needs help and where to turn for assistance. It includes a section on child trauma and Connecticut-specific resources, including a list of providers trained in treating trauma.

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Connecticut

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Connecticut, has many support groups for people living with mental illness and their friends and family. Information on support groups for people living with mental illness is available here. Information on support groups for family and friends is available here. ♦

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