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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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CPA Mental Health Awareness Community Outreach Event Presentation

Please use the presentation along with the video recording as a resource and guide on Mental Health Awareness. This presentation as well as the accompanying resources were designed for the general community.

Mental Health Awareness Event May 2021 Presentation

The Connecticut Psychological Association is dedicated to providing resources that inform, educate, and assist consumers. This page contains links to such information.

Is there something you are looking for that you cannot find? Do you have a resource you would like to recommend? Please contact Dr. Elaine Ducharme, our Public Education Coordinator, with your questions and suggestions:


In Connecticut  Website for young adults with mental health and wellness issues.

APA Help Center  Information on resilience, depression, anxiety, relationships, health insurance and more. This site contains fabulous resources covering a host of topics and includes tip sheets and brochures available for download and distribution.

Resilience For Teens: Practice the skills of resilience with these 10 tips.

Stress:  Myths, tips, a video, and more: You’re page for managing stress. Fact Sheet available for downloading.

Psychotherapy: Friends Helping Friends:  A youtube video describing how to help friends access psychotherapy.

Talk to a Psychologist:  From the Community for Psychologists in Independent Practice- learn how talking to a psychologist can help you and those you care about.

What a Psychologist Can Do For You This article and others like it are available at Your Mind Your Body, a blog featuring psychologists’ insights on healthy lifestyles and behaviors. Fact sheets are also available describing how psychologists can help with the following:

Take control of your diabetes.Manage chronic pain.Getting your weight under control.

Psychotherapy Awareness:  You’ll find these four new Help Center articles related to psychotherapy awareness on the APA Help Center page.

Protecting your privacy: Understanding confidentialityPsychotherapy: Understanding group therapyHow to help in an emotional crisisUnderstanding psychological testing and assessment

Crisis Information

Suicide Text Hotline    838-255
Crisis Line Hotline.     741-741  for opportunities to volunteer and receive help
Agencies that provide some services and advocacy
Mental Health Association of CT. or 860-529-1970. 
National Alliance on Mental Illness of CT or 860-882-0236.  

Find a Psychologist or CPA Member

CPA Member Directory 
Access to the CPA membership directory is open according to terms of use listed on the directory page. Since many members do not engage in the independent practice of psychology, it is NOT a referral service and members listed herein do not necessarily accept patients for psychological services. It is simply a listing of the members of Connecticut Psychological Association.  This directory is not to be used for commercial purposes and solicitation of members based on information in the directory is prohibited.

Psychologist Locator 
Psychologist Locator, a service of the American Psychological Association Practice Organization, makes it easy for you to find practicing psychologists in your local area. Psychologists are trained to help people deal effectively with many of life’s problems and can help improve physical and mental health for you and your family. The Psychologist Locator lets you consider many factors in searching for psychologists, including their areas of specialization, gender, insurance accepted, languages spoken and much more.

Social Justice Issues

Visit CPA’s Social Justice page for free access to webinars.


College Mental Health Checklist

From CPA’s Marketing Team, please review this checklist and resources for new and returning college students.

College Mental Health Checklist


Taking with Children about War

From CPA’s Public Education Coordinator, here are resources to assist children and families when discussing the conflict in Ukraine:

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

American Psychological Association (APA)


Suicide Prevention Resources for Psychologists

Kathleen Chapman, Ph.D.

Suicide is a public health crisis, rates of suicide have increased each year since 1999. It is among the 10 leading causes of death nationally, and the second leading cause of death for youth and young adults.

The Surgeon General developed the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention in 2001, updated in 2012. There has also been an increase in research on prevention, including assessment and intervention.   

Early intervention has been shown to be an effective response in preventing suicide. Identifying those at risk by asking about suicidal ideation and behavior, using evidence based tools, provides the opportunity to intervene. These Interventions include Evidence Based brief intervention, such as the Safety Plan Intervention, and therapy. Examples of Evidence Based Treatment include: Cognitve Behavioral Treatment for Suicide Prevention (CBT-SP); Dialectical Behavior Training (DBT); and Collaborative Assessment and Management for Suicidality (CAMS)

The CPA Webinar Series archive includes a webinar entitled “Suicide Prevention in Clinical Practice”, Episode 7, dated 11/1/2019 that provides an overview of suicide prevention information for Psychologists, including introductory training on evidence based screening and assessment with the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) and brief intervention, Stanley & Brown Safety Plan.

Resources for further learning:


EDTF Mission Statement:  We are a group of ethnically and racially diverse professionals and students who promote culturally competent services and mental health.

MindStylz is a collaborative project between hair stylists, barbers, and the Ethnic Diversity Task Force (EDTF) of the Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA).  Its mission is to promote mental health awareness among hair stylists, barbers, and their clients in communities of color.

MindStylz is grateful for funding received from The Connecticut Psychological Foundation (CPF).  Contributions to the Connecticut Psychological Foundation can be earmarked for MindStylz. To  donate to the MindStylz project, visit the CPF page HERE.

Purpose.  The purpose of MindStylz is to empower communities of color in the following ways:

  • increase education about mental health in communities of color
  • gain greater acceptance of psychological care and treatment
  • provide easier access to community mental health services
  • increase access to mental health providers from ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds

Why are hair care professionals so important? In communities of color, people feel more comfortable talking about their lives to hair stylists and barbers than to their own doctors. Sometimes these clients ask for advice from their hair care professionals, and such advice could be difficult to provide. MindStylz is here to help provide resources and connections. We want to help hair stylists and barbers make their clients look good and feel good.

Barriers.  Historically, the field of psychology has not considered and/or respected cultural differences. There were direct and indirect biases and stereotyping among clinicians. Numerous barriers kept communities of color from accessing mental health services. Some of them are intrinsic to the community cultures, others are society-based:

  • social stigma
  • minimal mental health facilities
  • limited availability of clinicians of color
  • language
  • cost

Directory of Mental Health Professionals of Color and a list of local mental health facilities that can help you refer any clients that you may think are at risk for anxiety, depression, or other problems. Available for download here with Acrobat Reader.

MindStylz in the news.

Contact Us.  If you would like to know more about MindStylz, to get involved, participate in a training session, receive additional resources, donate, or become a sponsor, please contact our EDTF chairperson, Dr. Jan Owens-Lane.

                                                                   Read more about our initiative at

Disaster Response Network

The Disaster Response Network (DRN) is a national network of approximately 2500 volunteer psychologists with training in disaster response who offer volunteer assistance to relief workers, survivors, and victims’ families after man-made or natural disasters. The DRN is the result of collaboration between the American Psychological Association and the American Red Cross.

DRN History:  After identifying a need to manage the stress experienced by its relief workers at disaster sites, the American Red Cross entered into a Statement of Understanding with the American Psychological Association to add a disaster mental health function to the services it offers. This agreement led to the development of APA’s Disaster Response Network in 1991.

The DRN has more than 2,000 members nationwide. The DRN is currently developing an online database to track and provide information to these members. The network is comprised of state psychological association DRN programs, which are managed on a state-by-state basis. APA’s DRN office serves as an information resource and a liaison between the states and the American Red Cross.

Professional Resources:  Reflections on Katrina:  An article in the Winter, 2005 issue of the Connecticut Psychologist by Jill Silverman, Ph.D., a CPA member, about her experience in Louisiana after hurricane Katrina. She went to Louisiana under the auspices of the American Red Cross and wrote about her experiences.

Helpful Resources for dealing with natural and man-made disasters from the American Psychological Association, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, US Department of Education and more:

Candice Weigle-Spier, PsyD , Connecticut’s DRN Coordinator, can be reached at:

Join Us: For more information about joining the DRN or Red Cross trainings in our state, contact and put DRN in the subject of your email.  For upcoming training opportunities, see info from the Red Cross.

Psychologically Healthy Workplace Programs & Awards

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program is a public education initiative brought to Connecticut in 1999 as a part of the American Psychological Association’s Center for Organizational Excellence mission to enhance the functioning of individuals, groups, organizations and communities through the application of psychology to a broad range of workplace issues. CPA works closely with APA to implement this program here in our state. Our mission is to educate, recognize, and provide resources to Connecticut’s businesses and organizations about the link between employee health and well-being and organizational performance for the purpose of creating and sustaining psychologically healthy workplaces.


  • Education: We conduct presentations, panels, and workshops designed to (1) share best practices for creating and sustaining psychological health in the workplace, and (2) address complex and timely issues affecting employee health and wellbeing and organizational performance.
  • Resources: We provide articles, evidenced based research, links to professional resources, tips, tools and other resources to help you create a work environment where your employees and your organization can thrive.
  • Recognition: We conduct an awards program for small, medium and large businesses and non-profit organizations that demonstrate excellence in promoting psychologically healthy workplace practices, policies and programs and a commitment to balance the promotion of employee health and wellbeing with organization performance. Applicants are evaluated on workplace practices in 5 areas:
    • Employee Involvement
    • Health and Safety
    • Employee Growth and Development
    • Work-Life Balance
    • Employee Recognition


The 2017 Award Program is now open. For information about nominating an organization or to inquire about the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Programs mission and awards recognition process, please contact a member of our Psychologically Healthy Workplace Committee below. There is no cost to apply. Applicants may begin the process by registering at


Congratulations to Framework of Stamford, CT! Framework is the recipient of CPA’s 2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award and one of three recipients of The American Psychological Association’s 2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards’ (PHWA) Best Practices Honors.  More information about Framework and the 2014 awards can be found here.


Congratulations to the following, twenty-four Connecticut organizations, which have been recognized as Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award Winners since the year 2000:

  • Framework LLC
  • Leadership Greater Hartford
  • Liberty Bank
  • North HavenAcademy
  • Taunton Press
  • Waterbury Regional Chamber
  • YardApes
  • The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
  • Pratt & Whitney United      Technologies Corp.
  • Coldstone Creamery, Middletown
  • Robert Reby & Co., Inc.
  • Planned Parenthood of Connecticut
  • Futures, Inc.
  • Comprehensive Neuropsychological Services
  • Wheeler Clinic
  • GaylordHospital
  • Reflexite Americas
  • FleetBoston Financial
  • American Eagle Credit Union
  • ConnecticutAudubon      Center at Glastonbury
  • CRN International
  • United Way of Connecticut, Inc.
  • The Bushnell

Psychologically Healthy Workplace Committee:

The committee responsible for implementing this program is made up of a network of psychologists, organizational consultants, business leaders, educators, and informed professionals who volunteer their time, commitment, and expertise.

Click to email members:
Marianne Pantalon, Ph.D., Chair
David C. Tate, Ph.D., (Past Chair)
Dana Gionta, Ph.D. (Past Co-Chair)
Jean Stetz-Puchalski, M.A., I/O (Past Co-Chair)
Scott Serviss, Psy.D.
Bridget Cooper, Ed.D.
Daryn David, Ph.D.

Meet our Connecticut Award Winners!

Congratulations to our last award recipient Framework of Stamford, CT! Framework is the recipient of CPA’s 2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award and one of three recipients of The American Psychological Association’s 2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards’ (PHWA) x. More information about Framework can be found here.

2014 Award Winner:
Congratulations to Framework of Stamford, CT! Framework is the recipient of CPA’s 2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award and one of three recipients of The American Psychological Association’s 2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards’ (PHWA) Best Practices Honors. More information about Framework and the 2014 awards can be found here.

Racism and Discrimination on the Mental Health of our Black Communities: A Guide

Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC) 2020: Social Responsiveness in Health Service Psychology Education and Training Toolkit

Suicide Resources for Survivors

Compiled by Elaine Ducharme, Ph.D, ABPP

  1. SOS: A Handbook for Survivors of Suicide by Jeffrey Jackson can be very helpful.  It’s about 30 pages and is free online; just Google the title.  Thus it’s really easy to access. It is intended to be a “bite-sized overview”. It focuses on a wide range of feelings with empathy and sensitivity. It was written in 2003, some of the stats/references are dated.
  2. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This is the text to the page that has some links regarding help for teens and children:
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  4. This book is from The Dougy Center and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. You can just download it or print it.
  6. Overall resources and numbers from a google search: