Counseling

CONTACT
Room 208
Ca-Counseling@capitalcc.edu
(860) 906-5204

Guidance for stress-related and personal issues.

How to recognize that you are in crisis:

A crisis is an urgent concern that requires immediate assistance. You may be in crisis, if:

  • You are feeling overwhelmed or overly anxious
  • You are feeling unsafe
  • Your thoughts are racing out of control
  • You’re having difficulty coping and managing emotions
  • Your usual problem-solving strategies are just not working at this time

If you find yourself experiencing any of the above feelings, please connect with Helena Carrasquillo by phone 860.906.5204 or by checking in at the front desk in suite 208.

If it is after hours and you need immediate support, please call 911 (if in a life-threatening situation) or one of several Crisis Hotlines below.

If you are NOT in a crisis or facing an emergency but have a personal concern that requires further discussion, please review the resources included on this page or email CA-Couseling@capitalcc.edu to set up an appointment.

CRISIS LINES

If you are in a life-threatening situation dial 9-1-1 immediately. It’s worth asking if you can talk to someone with Crisis Intervention Training (“CIT”). You can be connected to a therapist, or they can send someone to meet you wherever you are.  They can even take you to the hospital if that would be best.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

CT Action Line

  • 1.800.HOPE.135 (1.800.467.3135)
  • or dial 211
  • This is a 24/7 Crisis Line for adults in distress who are 18 years of age or older

    The Trevor Project Lifeline

    CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Access Line

    • 1-800-563-4086
    • The 24/7 Access Line facilitates access to treatment for substance use disorders and prioritize transportation services for detox.

    Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline

    • 1-888-774-2900
    • Online chat services available at org

    Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline

    • English 888.999.5545
    • Spanish 888.568.8332

    ONGOING MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

    TimelyCare Telehealth Service – FREE

    All Connecticut State Community College students have access to free virtual 24/7 medical and mental health support from anywhere in the United States with TimelyCare. Get on-demand, 24/7 medical and mental health support from counselors, doctors, nurse practitioners and more, right at your fingertips. Visit the  TimelyCare webpage or download the app to learn more.

    Timely

    WARMLINES

    What is a warmline? A warmline is a phone number that people can call to get emotional support and learn about available mental health and recovery resources relevant to them or their loved ones. Warmlines are not crisis lines, they are intended to help people manage issues before a crisis point hits.

    Community Health Resources Warmline

    • 1-866-927-6225
    • 6pm-10pm, 7 days a week

     Join-Rise-Be Statewide Young Adult Peer Initiative/Warmline

    • 1-855-6-HOPENOW
    • 12pm – 9pm, 7 days per week

    For a full list of warmlines throughout the state of Connecticut, visit:

    https://portal.ct.gov/DMHAS/Programs-and-Services/Advocacy/Warm-Lines

    SCREENINGS (Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders)

    Screenings identify areas of a person’s life that might need further examination. While they evaluate for the possible presence of a problem, they do not diagnose or determine the severity of a disorder.

    The results of the screening are completely anonymous and made available only to the participant. This resource is provided to assist students to determine if a consultation with a mental health counselor would be helpful.

    https://www.helpyourselfhelpothers.org/

    SUPPORT GROUPS AND WEBSITE RESOURCES

    Toivo

    • Daily online or in-person classes, support groups, and resources including Book Club, Writing Group, Women’s Group, Men’s Group, Yoga, Qi Gong, Meditation, Alternatives to Suicide Group, Breath-Body-Mind, Meditative Coloring, Sound Healing Experience, and Creative Expression Workshop.
    • http://toivocenter.org/calendar/

    In The Rooms

    • In The Rooms is a free online recovery tool that offers 130 weekly online meetings for those recovering from addiction and related issues. We embrace multiple pathways to recovery, including all 12 Step, Non-12 Step, Wellness and Mental Health modalities.
    • https://www.intherooms.com/

    SMART Recovery Online Community (SROL)

    • SMART Recovery Online (SROL) is an online community where individuals with addiction, their Family & Friends, and other specialized audiences can interact with SMART Recovery volunteers and each other to aid in overcoming addiction.
    • http://www.smartrecovery.org/srol-2/

    NAMI CT

    • Support groups led by trained facilitators with lived experience with mental health issues or with a family member who has a mental health condition. Topics include mental health issues, recovery, connection, veteran groups along with family and peer support.
    • https://namict.org/find-support/support-groups/

    Advocacy Unlimited

    PHONE APPS FOR MINDFULNESS AND STRESS RELIEF

    Calm

    • Free meditation, music, soundscapes and sleep app. Children’s meditations too

    Chill-Daily Mindfulness

    • Free daily inspirational quotes. It provides mindfulness reminders randomly throughout the day.

    Happyfeed: Gratitude Journal

    • Gratitude journaling is one of the easiest ways to find more happiness by training your brain to focus on the positive and become more resilient in harder times.

    Happify: For Stress & Worry

    • Science-based activities and games to help you overcome negative thoughts, stress, and life’s challenges

    Insight Timer

    • Free 10,000 guided meditations Children’s meditations too.

    Koru Mindfulness

    • Free evidence-based program for teaching mindfulness & meditation

    Mindfulness Coach

    • Free self-guided training. Created for Veterans but appropriate for everyone.

    Mindshift

    • Free anxiety reducing guided meditations

    #SelfCare

    • Free games/activities for stress
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