Education & Empowerment

The peer community contains a wealth of information; we educate one another by sharing our stories and experiences. We have all heard the expression; knowledge is power. Some groups have created classes and workshops to benefit others in recovery. There are fees associated sometimes, but you can find a large selection of them that are free of charge. In some cases, these classes can be applied towards continuing education hours that are required for recertifications.

Advocacy Unlimited Inc: is a peer run non-profit organization based in Connecticut.  Over the past 20 years, we have remained innovative as we’ve grown from a small mental health rights initiative into a nationally-recognized non-profit organization that provides education, advocacy and support through non-clinical and holistic engagement.

Location: New Britain, CT

Education
Advocacy & Stigma Busting
Powered by Peers

Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut (BIAC) For more than 35 years BIAC has been Connecticut’s partner in brain injury prevention and recovery. We provide critical resources and support to brain injury survivors, their families and caregivers while educating individuals throughout Connecticut about brain injury awareness and prevention. Call the HelpLine at 800-278-8242

Location: Windsor, CT

Education
Advocacy & Stigma Busting
Brain Injury

Bridge House has served thousands of members since its inception nearly 30 years ago and we continue to provide a critical safe haven for adults in the Greater Bridgeport area and Fairfield County who are struggling with mental illness.  Our program focuses on employment, education, and housing, connecting members with the resources they need to achieve their goals.

Location: Bridgeport, CT

Education
Advocacy & Stigma Busting
Housing & Shelters
Employment Assistance

CTbraininjury.com: Connect with a Certified Specialist who provides individual support and guidance for People, Family members, Caregivers, Educators, Medical and Therapeutic professionals. For more information call: 1-860-942-0365

Location: Statewide

Education
Employment Assistance
Brain Injury

CT Brain Injury Support Network: The mission of CT Brain Injury Support Network is to promote awareness, education, advocacy and improved health care services for brain injury survivors. We strive to improve the lives of all who are impacted by brain injury through education, support and advocacy.

Location: Columbia, CT

Education
Advocacy & Stigma Busting
Brain Injury

Franklin S. DuBois Center (FSDC): Serves the greater Stamford/Norwalk area. FSDC is responsible for providing ongoing, individualized treatment to persons living in the community with severe behavioral health disorders who are publicly insured, uninsured and in some cases underinsured. All services offered at the F. S. DuBois Center are aligned with the Commissioner’s initiative to move our practice to one offering Community Support and Recovery Pathways. At the end of the day, people ought to have more advanced skills for self-management. Within many areas of service at FSDC, Peers have become integral components. Person-centered care is a given and evidence-based practices are growing.

Location: Stamford, CT

Education
Mental Health Treatment
Addiction & Recovery
Employment Assistance
Housing & Shelters
Jail Diversion Programs

Inspirica, Inc.: We operate 11 facilities in lower Fairfield County and provide an extensive array of support services, including vocational training, workforce education, job placement, housing placement, job & housing retention support, early childhood & parenting services, children’s services, counseling, case management, and much more.

Location: Stamford, CT

Education
Housing & Shelters
Employment Assistance

Join Rise Be: A statewide, peer-run initiative for young people in Connecticut. We share our experiences to influence change at the local, regional, and state levels. We connect with our peers and community partners to reduce discrimination against young people. We cultivate the belief that recovery is possible and we all have the capacity to achieve success.

Location: New Britain, CT

The Statewide Young Adult Warmline is a phone-based peer support line.

7 Days a Week   12noon – 9PM   1-855-6-467-3669

Education
Young Adult
Advocacy & Stigma Busting
Powered by Peers
Warmline Phone & Test
LGBTQ+ Friendly

Keep the Promise Coalition (KTP) is a Connecticut Coalition of advocates (people living with mental illness, family members, mental health professionals and interested community members) dedicated to ensuring that a comprehensive, community mental health system is created and sustained across the lifespan (children, adolescents, emerging adults, adults, older adults and families in Connecticut).

Location: Middletown, CT

Education
Advocacy & Stigma Busting
Powered by Peers

Keystone House was founded in 1972 as a non-profit organization providing rehabilitation services for individuals with psychiatric disorders. Keystone started with one home serving 12 clients, growing over the years to presently operating two group home level of care facilities with an additional facility providing long term supports. Our supported apartment program provides residential support for individuals with psychiatric disorders, those dually diagnosed with a co-occurring substance abuse disorder and those homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Location: Norwalk, CT

Education
Advocacy & Stigma Busting
Housing & Shelters

Laurel House provides mental health resources to people coping with mental illness, and their families, across numerous communities in and around Connecticut. Resources to Recover is a robust array of integrated services and expertise helping people along the path of mental health recovery. Although more than 80% of our program participants are living with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression, research supports that people can and do recover from the worst effects of serious mental illness.

Location: Stamford, CT

Education
Advocacy & Stigma Busting
Housing & Shelters
Employment Assistance

NAMI Connecticut: A support and advocacy organization that sponsors local support groups and offers education and information about community services for people with mental illness and their families. There are a total of 24 chapters within the state.

Location: Statewide

Education
Advocacy & Stigma Busting

Toivo by Advocacy Unlimited is an initiative that includes statewide classes, workshops and a mind/body focused wellness center where people can engage in expert facilitated yoga, meditation, fitness and strength training, creative writing, expressive art, walk/run groups, nutrition workshops, drum circles and much more!

Location: Hartford, CT

Education
Self Help & Wellness
Powered by Peers

TurningPointCT.org is an award-winning online resource, created by and for young people in Connecticut to guide their search for mental wellness. This online peer support community includes a discussion forum, personal stories, media room, Q&A guide, resource map & more.

Location: State Wide Access

Education
Advocacy & Stigma Busting
Young Adult
Powered by Peers
Online Support Groups

Youth Continuum F.R.E.E: Fostering Responsibility, Education and Employment. The F.R.E.E. program serves justice-involved youth ages 14-20 who are re-entering the community from a Juvenile Justice program. Our F.R.E.E. program is located in New Haven. For more information about referrals or program details, contact our F.R.E.E. Program Coordinator, Patricia Jenkins-Simmons
at (203) 497-0081.

Education
Young Adult
Employment Assistance
Jail Diversion Programs

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