Let’s Talk is a community conversation on mental health, focusing on informal discussions and friendly mutual aid* in a welcoming space for all.

Let’s Talk is committed to ending the isolation associated with mental health and substance use disorders. Recognizing that healing begins with shared experiences, honest conversations, leading-edge knowledge and resources, we create events around this important topic.

Founders: Christine M Biddle, Vanessa H. Smith, Audrey A. Zinman

 


MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS

Laurel House, Inc., a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization has been in operation since 1984. Its mission is to help individuals and families achieve and sustain mental health to lead fulfilling lives in the community. Laurel House’s evidence-based programs: Thinking Well (Cognitive Remediation), Supported Education, Supported Employment, Supportive Housing, and Social Rehabilitation skill-building workshops, provide clients the skills and strategies needed to live fulfilling lives in the community.

https://www.laurelhouse.net/


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Resources to Recover – Family-Friendly Mental Health Solutions

Offering hope, resources, and support to families and individuals.

For FREE, confidential help from a mental health counselor, call: 203-724-9070

Email: help@rtor.org

A free service of Laurel House, Inc.

https://www.rtor.org/directory-of-rtor-family-endorsed-providers/


The Mighty is a safe, supportive community for people facing health challenges and the people who care for them.

https://www.themighty.com/


Grassroots organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for all individuals and families whose lives are affected by mental illness and co-occurring disorders.  Offers advocacy, Peer to Peer, Family to Family, Family/Friends Support Group, In Our Own Voice, Recovery support groups.

https://www.namiwestchester.org/


Mental health provider to children and teens.  Provides treatment, education and community support.

https://www.childguidancect.org/


Lead federal agency for research on mental health disorders. Expert reviewed information/resources for help.  Offers education and awareness materials.

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/


Provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they text to 741741.

https://www.crisistextline.org/


New Canaan community podcasts are dedicated to reducing stigma around behavioral issues community members face, preventing abuse, and creating healthy relationships.

https://www.talkingaboutit.org/


Family Mental Health Centers with seven locations.

https://www.fsw.org/our-programs/family-mental-health-centers/


24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress.  Prevention and crisis resources for people in distress and their loved ones.

https://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/


Helps those affected by OCD and related disorders to live full lives.  Increases access to effective treatment through research and training, fosters a supportive community for those affected and for the professionals who treat them. They help fight the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

https://www.iocdf.org/


Raises standard of care and access to service for traumatized children, their families and communities.

https://www.nctsn.org/


Generates new research and insight into self-injury and creates resources and tools useful to better understand, treat and prevent self-injury.

http://www.selfinjury.bctr.cornell.edu/


Supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/


Eating Disorder Center of Westchester is a day treatment where programs specialize in anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating.

https://www.montenido.com/locations/westchester-ny/


Tele- Education Mental Health support for young adults in college.

Tele-Education Support Services that help young adults in college with mental health concerns.

https://www.rtor.org/mental-health-support-for-young-adult-students/


 

Mad in America’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for rethinking psychiatric care in the United States (and abroad). We believe that the current drug-based paradigm of care has failed our society, and that scientific research, as well as the lived experience of those who have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, calls for profound change.

https://www.madinamerica.com/


The Department of Community Mental Health plans, oversees and coordinates services for individuals – and their families – with mental illness, developmental & intellectual disabilities, and substance use disorders.

https://mentalhealth.westchestergov.com/


The Department of Community Mental Health established the Single Point of Access (SPOA) to remove barriers to successful community living for adults with serious mental illness. The goal of the SPOA is to ensure service access to high-need individuals while increasing integration and community tenure.

https://mentalhealth.westchestergov.com/single-point-of-access/


Behavioral Health is available to patients at our OssiningPort ChesterSleepy HollowBrewster and Mount Kisco sites.

https://www.opendoormedical.org/services/behavioral-health-services/


To end stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.

https://www.bringchange2mind.org/


An alternative to residential treatment, Windhorse uses mindfulness-informed clinical teams and therapeutic households to support our clients’ recovery journey. Through this strong web of support, clients experience the same level of dignity and respect as their peers whose lives have not been disrupted by mental health challenges—they are actively engaged in their community, creating a life of meaning and independence.

https://www.windhorseimh.org/


A partnership between individuals who hear voices or have other extreme or unusual experiences, professionals and allies in the community, all of whom are working together to change the assumptions made by this phenomenon and create supports, learning and healing opportunities.

http://www.hearingvoicesusa.org/


Talkspace is an online therapy platform that provides users the confidential support of a licensed therapist through an easy-to-use and HIPAA-compliant app.

https://lp.talkspace.com/try/


New York has been hit hard by the current global crisis. In partnership with Governor Cuomo, Headspace wants to be here for you — to help you find some time and space as you weather this storm.

From Buffalo to Long Island, Albany to the Lower East Side, this special NY collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises are here to support you through stressful and challenging times. Helping you — and your fellow New Yorkers — stay strong and be kind to yourselves, with a New York state of mind.

https://www.headspace.com/ny/


Offers mindfulness practices to help people support physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being.

https://www.communitymindfulnessproject.org/


HOSPITALS – CRISIS PREVENTION & RESPONSE

– Westchester, New York & Connecticut –

Crisis Prevention and Response Team

Mobile team of mental health professionals responding to people in the community and usually meeting them at home or elsewhere when mental health intervention is needed.

https://www.stvincentswestchester.org/outpatient-programs/crisis-prevention-and-response-team/


Mount Kisco, NY

Behavioral Health

https://nwh.northwell.edu/psychiatric-services/


New Canaan, Connecticut

Inpatient and Outpatient substance abuse, detox and mental health

https://silverhillhospital.org/


White Plains, NY

Behavioral Health Center

https://www.nyp.org/psychiatry/services/


Katonah, NY

Inpatient and Outpatient mental health treatment for children, adolescents and adults

https://www.fourwindshospital.com/


https://www.montefiorehealthsystem.org/MountVernon/


Department of Psychiatry

https://phelps.northwell.edu/mental-behavioral-services/


https://www.saintjosephs.org/


https://www.westchestermedicalcenter.org/


Detox

https://www.greenwichhospital.org/


SUBSTANCE USE – SUPPORT, TREATMENT & EDUCATION

Bedford, Lewisboro, Pound Ridge cooperative implanting science-based prevention strategies that focus on increasing protective factors and decreasing risk factors associated with alcohol and drug abuse in individuals, families, and communities.  Provides research-based information, public forums, and resources for intervention and strategies for prevention.

https://www.thedapc.org/


(Online library of recovery audio recordings)

Dedicated to collecting and preserving the audio history of the 12 step fellowships. Also included are talks not only from AA and Al Anon but also from other new and popular 12 step progams.

https://www.recoveryspeakers.com/


Offers services to the Hudson Valley Community that bring awareness about drug abuse.

Offers reoccurring meeting where parents and families may obtain information and support dealing with drug abuse and addictions in their homes.

https://www.drugcrisisinourbackyard.org/


NY Intergroup

AA meetings and schedules

https://www.nyintergroup.org/


Secular recovery/AA Alternative that provides a platform for people in recovery to share practical experience and sobriety support.

https://www.lifering.org/


The Stepping Stones Foundation preserves the historic home of Bill and Lois Wilson, co-founders, respectively, of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon Family Groups, and commemorates their achievements in the field of recovery from alcoholism.

https://www.steppingstones.org/


GLOBAL RECOVERY & SUPPORT

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Global community of mutual support groups and meetings helping one another with addiction problems.  12 Step alternative.

Self-management and recovery training.  Group discussions and meetings where participants learn from one another using a self-empowering approach based on the most current science of recovery.

https://www.smartrecovery.org/


Narcotics Anonymous

12 Step Meetings

https://www.na.org/


Cocaine Anonymous Online

12 Step meetings

https://www.ca-online.org/


Al-Anon Westchester

Support for families/loved ones

12 Step meetings

https://westchesterputnamalanon.org/


A peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking.

https://www.al-anon.org/newcomers/teen-corner-alateen/


Sober community app that connects the global sober community in order to build sober support and inspire support.  Offers affordable 24/7 certified peer coaches to assist in recovery.

https://www.soberocity.com/


Sober community app that connects the global sober community in order to build sober support and inspire support.  Offers affordable 24/7 certified peer coaches to assist in recovery.

https://www.sobergrid.com/


A worldwide community of people helping each other stay sober.  Information, personal stories and advice provided.

https://www.soberistas.com/


Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety & Related Disorders (Westchester)

Outpatient care for children, adolescent and young adult whose lives are impacted by anxiety and OCD.

https://childadolescentpsych.cumc.columbia.edu/cucard-westchester/

 


Women’s sober house in Fairfield County.

https://www.cassiescottage.net/


Substance and mental health treatment for all ages.

https://www.ctrenaissance.org/


Offers premier sober living, recovery coaching, sober companions for men and women.

https://www.thelighthousect.com/


Dr. Jonathan Avery

Substance-related and addictive disorders are common,  and often disabling, and frequently co-occur with other psychiatric and medical disorders.

https://www.weillcornell.org/javery/


Online community for people in recovery to hang out, share experiences and support each other.

https://www.redditinc.com/


GLOBAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE & RECOVERY

Gives recovering addicts a place to meet and socialize when they are not in face to fact meetings.  Globally connects those in recovery to support.

https://www.intherooms.com/home/


Parent Support Group for parents with loved ones affected by substance abuse and addiction.

http://www.ncparentsupportgroup.org/


Provides resources and programs to caregivers of behaviorally challenged children.

https://www.livesinthebalance.org/


Strategies for building self-esteem and self-knowledge to live above the influence.  Resources to find help and information on drug facts.

https://www.abovetheinfluence.com/


Recovery and coaching training.

https://www.recoach.us/


Connecticut offers a vast network of organizations, services and programs for people living with mental illness and addiction.

http://www.rockingrecovery.org/


Transforms how the nation addresses addiction.  Go to the organization addressing every aspect of substance abuse and addiction from prevention to recovery.  Empowers parents and caregivers and researches prevention and treatment.

https://www.drugfree.org/


Emphasizes the power of community coalitions to prevent substance misuse through collaborative community efforts in schools, law enforcement, healthcare etc.

Committed to creating safe, healing, and drug-free communities by preventing substance use and misuse before it starts. This is the most effective and cost-efficient way to reduce substance use and its associated costs.

https://www.cadca.org/


Substance abuse education programs for youth.  Social-emotional learning programs that empower youth to be drug-free and encourage parents to speak to their children about drugs.

https://www.couragetospeak.org/


Resources and information for parents, educators and caregivers on drugs and drug abuse.  Includes information on drugs, statistics, signs of drug use, talking to your child about drugs, consequences of drug use, and effects on the brain, among other topics.

https://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.gov/


DEA site that provides facts about drugs and drug use including consequences, true stories, current news, and how to get help.

https://www.justthinktwice.gov/


https://www.drugabuse.gov/


Public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions to live drug-free.

https://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/the-truth-about-drugs.html/


Helps consumers make safer and smarter choices from finding an addiction center that is best for the individual, based on fact-based research and resources.

https://www.help.org/


Committed to creating structural change that will turn the tide of the addiction crisis.  Dedicated to helping every American with a substance abuse disorder find science based treatment and lasting recovery.

https://www.shatterproof.org/


Provider of evidence-based prevention curriculum for K-12 educators and other social services and organizations nationwide, Also provides treatment programs, recovery resources, education and training.

https://www.hazelden.org/


Alcohol education website that is part of the Alcohol Education Trust. Designed to be used by young people in a classroom setting for education about alcohol.

https://www.talkaboutalcohol.com/


Source for science-based information on teen drug use and its effects. Information geared to teens, parents, and educators.

https://www.teens.drugabuse.gov/


Supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. Offers a treatment navigator.

https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/


This social purpose corporation is focused on ending substance use disorder around the world.  Through an app, it offers peer recovery support specialists, tracks, and prioritizes patient care, with a data dashboard for providers,  and it  monitors adherence and adds routines to patient plans.

https://www.weconnectrecovery.com/


Open Access

Call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Counselors and Peers offer help to access substance use treatment and recovery services. All calls are toll-free and confidential.

https://www.lexingtonctr.org/


New York State HOPE Line
Offering help and hope 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for alcoholism, drug abuse and problem gambling. All calls are toll-free, anonymous and confidential.
1-877-8-HOPENY CALL OR TEXT

https://www.oasas.ny.gov/


The agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.

SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

https://www.samhsa.gov/


I Am Sober

Track your sobriety with a community that understands what you’re going through.

Build new daily habits and learn from others who are making changes happen.

https://www.iamsober.com/


Alcohol Rehab Help is an informational web guide created for people struggling with alcohol use disorders (AUD) and co-occurring mental health disorders. They offer information on Alcohol Use Disorder and have comprehensive information regarding treatment options.

https://www.alcoholrehabhelp.org/treatment/smart


Substance mis-use prevention agency serving schools and communities.

Services include prevention, early intervention, programming, training and residential facilities.

Bulding prevention.

http://www.sascorp.org/about.html


A Buddhist Inspired  Path to Recovery

https://www.refugerecovery.org/


A recovery community organization (RCO) that believes that recovery is an individualized and dynamic process, and supports those with mental health or substance use disorders, no matter the pathway one uses.

https://www.unityrecovery.org/


HOME HEALTH CARE

– Hudson Valley, Westchester, New York & Connecticut –

HOME HEALTH CARE

Concierge service that facilitates intervention, finds treatment and aftercare.

https://www.oconnorpg.com/


Behavioral health at home

https://www.angelscarehealth.com/


https://www.qualicare.com/


https://www.interimhealthcare.com/