In December 2021, the U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory on a youth mental health crisis that had been exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Anytime you turn on the news or scroll social media or visit your go-to news site, you’re bound to come across a headline related to the country’s mental health crisis. At Coastal Connecticut Times, we thought it was important to explore the ways this crisis—for both youth and adults—is impacting our region.
We talked to numerous mental health care professionals who described an increase in the need for mental health services, an increase in the severity of mental health issues, and a lack of resources to address them.
But in addition to just highlighting the challenges, we also set out to explore some ways providers are trying to address the increased demand for services, highlight resources that are available, and find out ways that you can get involved in helping address this issue.
Explore our series: The Mental Health Crisis in Southwest Connecticut
- Part 1: ‘Everything Has Been Magnified’: How Mental Health-Related Issues Are Impacting Southwest Connecticut
- Part 2: ‘I Know We’ve Saved Lives’: How Southwest Connecticut Providers Are Working to Meet the Need for Mental Health Services
- Part 3: Working to Improve Mental Health Resources in Southwest Connecticut
If you or someone you know needs help, The Hub has put together resource guides for our region that highlight local providers
- Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk, and Westport Resource Guide
- Fairfield and the Greater Bridgeport Area Resource Guide