Stamford launches new mental health resources webpage

STAMFORD, CT — Mayor Caroline Simmons announced Thursday that Stamford has launched a new mental health resource webpage on the city’s website.

The page has a dedicated list of resources highlighting nonprofits and community organizations that help people with various mental health and addictions issues.

The new page can be viewed here.

“Too often, mental health and addictions issues are overlooked and resources are not readily available to those in need,” Simmons said in a press release. “This issue has only been exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. My administration is prioritizing expanding resources for mental health support in our community and creating this page on the website of our city is the first of many steps we look forward to taking to raise awareness and tackle this issue.”

Creating a centralized location for mental health resources was a recommendation of Simmons’ Public Health Transition Policy Committee. Policy committees gathered input from experts, advocates, practitioners and residents and compiled options for the new administration to consider during Simmons’ first 100 days in office and beyond.

Stamford has made strides in recent years to expand mental health initiatives. In January, the Stamford Police Department received a $550,000 grant from the US Department of Justice to add another social worker to the police department and improve public safety responses and outcomes for people with mental illness. .

The funds help build on initiatives put in place by the SPD from January 2020 to help those struggling with mental health issues. The city decided to act after seeing an increase in mental health calls and speaking with relatives of those affected.

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