Who to Contact When Your Child Needs Behavioral Health Support

Anxiety. Eating disorders. Suicidal thoughts. Uncontrollable aggression. No matter what your child or family may be dealing with, it’s important to remember that you are not alone – and that there are resources to help.

Here’s who to contact for information and support.

In a Crisis

Call 911 if you feel your child is in crisis, actively suicidal, or a danger to themselves or others.

Call 211 (Connecticut only) for emergency or crisis support in Connecticut.

  • Mobile crisis intervention services are available 24/7.
  • This includes having a clinician come to your home, if needed.

Call or text the National Suicide Prevention Life Line.

  • Call 1.800.273.8255 or text “HOME” to 741741.
  • Available anywhere, anytime.
  • A live crisis counselor will help your child move from a hot moment to a cool moment, addressing anxiety, depression, school issues, feelings of isolation, emotional abuse, and thoughts about suicide.

Everyday Support

Behavioral health is about your child’s overall well-being, both body and mind. It includes everything from mental health to a safe home to healthy eating and exercise habits.

No matter what your child is struggling with – social problems, mental health, a learning disability, family disruptions, or any other challenge – support is available.

For help finding services for your child, contact Connecticut Children’s Center for Care Coordination.

  • Call 860.837.6200 or email center@connecticutchildrens.org.
  • Learn about and connect with behavioral health providers in the community.
  • Get help navigating medical, educational, legal, advocacy and social services; tapping into community resources and supports; and more.
  • Services are free to all families with children up to age 21.

Reach out to your child’s pediatrician, school counselor or insurance provider.

  • They can point you toward an appropriate therapist or counselor for your child.

Get support on your child’s health journey right at Connecticut Children’s.

  • If your child is a patient of certain specialties at Connecticut Children’s, the Division of Pediatric Psychology can provide behavioral health services right at their medical visits.
  • The Psychology team provides support for children, teens, and young adults with medical illnesses that require coordinated, co-managed care from both physicians and mental health clinicians.

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