May is Mental Awareness MonthMay 14, 2020
May is Mental Health Month. The common statistic that 1 in 4 people are coping with mental health is probably an understatement during COVID-19. Over the past 6 weeks, everyone has had their lives altered and we are all learning to cope in new ways. This year’s Mental Health month shines a timely light on mental wellness. The “You Are Not Alone” campaign builds connection and increases awareness of how important this is, especially during physical distancing. If you are struggling, or know someone who is, visit the NAMI website to learn more about the many resources available to you or someone you love. There are suggestions for coping, ways to seek support and many examples of people sharing their stories. There are confidential ways to find a shoulder to cry on.
The COVID-19/Coronavirus public health emergency has created safety implications for residents across the state. With the implementation of social distancing and shelter-in-place orders, there is an increased risk of domestic violence as vulnerable residents become further isolated and additional pressures develop that may exacerbate an already abusive relationship.
To connect those who may be experiencing domestic violence with services, resources, and assistance the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) created CT Safe Connect.
Safe Connect is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a week via:
This network has helped callers with concerns relating to accessing basic needs, rent/mortgage payments, food insecurity, and emotional/mental well-being. CCADV and its members have also assisted victim-survivors in filing temporary restraining orders through the Connecticut Judicial Branch's online system. Safe Connect and CCADV's partners helped filed 46 percent of all TRO applications filed statewide in April.
Additional information on how CCADV and its members are helping victim-survivors of domestic violence throughout the pandemic can be found here.
As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.