Local Help

Contact Westport Department of Human Services with any question you might have related to youth and families. 

Department of Human Services

Community Resource Directory

For additional local resources visit:

The Hub - Regional Behavioral Health Action Organization for Southwestern CT

NAMI Southwest CT - National Alliance on Mental Illness

TurningPointCT.org - 

Resource Topics

Alcohol and Other Drugs


Local: Positive Directions: The Center for Prevention & Counseling- Local Prevention Council -Positive Directions is a community based 501c3 Not-For-Profit in Westport that provides mental health, substance abuse and problem gambling services to adolescents, adults and families. Clinical services include individual and family counseling for adolescents, adults and couples; substance abuse evaluation and treatment; problem gambling counseling; and assessments and interventions." AA Meeting Locations State of Connecticut: Prevention Works CT -"The Governor’s Prevention Partnership builds and offers youth prevention programs that are based on state-of-the-art research and training that is reality-based and relevant to our young peoples’ needs and environment to prevent substance misuse and bullying." MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving -The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking. National: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids -In 2019, they merged with Center on Addiction, and together, their mission is to transform how the nation addresses addiction. Drugs Over Dinner -Drugs Over Dinner is a toolkit to plan, host and moderate a conversation about drugs and addiction. We have gathered thoughtful and compelling homework and resources for your guests Shatterproof -Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis in America. Talk. They Hear You. - Underage Drinking Parent Resources The NIAAA guide for parents and youth on the consequences of college drinking Vaping Resources from the FDA Red Ribbon Campaign - A national leader in drug prevention education & advocacy and the largest, longest running Drug-use Prevention Campaign in the US.




Behavioral Health


Local: The HUB - The state-designated Regional Behavioral Health Action Organization (RBHAO) serving Southwest Connecticut. They are a regional resource supporting and coordinating mental health, suicide awareness, substance use prevention and problem gambling efforts in the 14 communities from Greenwich through Greater Bridgeport and serving as the liaison between the region and state. They support the Local Prevention Councils in each town to prevent substance use and promote mental health, and bring consumers and providers together through their Catchment Area Councils to identify needs and recommendations in the treatment and recovery systems. The HUB Behavioral Health Resource Guide State of Connecticut: CT Department of Mental Health ann Addiction Services - The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve. National: US Department of Health & Human Services: Mental Health - MentalHealth.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information.




Sports and Recreation


Westport Police Athletic League (PAL) -The Westport PAL is one of Westport's oldest youth Organizations. Established in 1948, the Westport PAL continues to blaze a trail with many outstandingYouth Athletic Programs, College Scholarships and their support of the Westport Community.The Westport PAL is a non-profit organization run by both active andretired police officers and volunteers from our Community. Westport Little League - Youth baseball and softball Westport Soccer Association - A non-profit volunteer-run organization for soccer enthusiasts.




LGBTQ


Local: Triangle Community Center (Norwalk, CT) -Triangle Community Center (TCC) is Fairfield County's leading provider of programming and resources to nurture growth and connection within the LGBTQ community. State of Connecticut: GLSEN Connecticut - The leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students. National: The Trevor Project - The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.




Suicide


State of Connecticut: Preventsuicidect.org -The CTSAB is a network of diverse advocates, educators and leaders concerned with addressing the problem of suicide with a focus on prevention, intervention, and health and wellness promotion. National: The Jordan Porco Foundation - The Jordan Porco Foundation is committed to preventing suicide in the high school, college, and college entry student population. Through awareness, education, and innovative programming, JPF is challenging stigma around mental health and help-seeking, creating open conversations about the prevalence of suicide and mental health issues in the young adult population, and saving lives.




Technology


Wait Until 8th Movement -The Wait Until 8th pledge empowers parents to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade. By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and parents alike over the kids having a smartphone. ... The Wait Until 8th pledge is encouraging parents to delay the smartphone.




RULER


RULER is an evidence-based approach for integrating social and emotional learning into schools, developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. RULER applies “hard science” to the teaching of what have historically been called “soft skills.” RULER teaches the skills of emotional intelligence — those associated with:

  • Recognizing,
  • Understanding,
  • Labeling,
  • Expressing, and
  • Regulating emotion.
Decades of research show that these skills are essential to effective teaching and learning, sound decision making, physical and mental health, and success in school and beyond. Click Here to Learn About How the Westport Public Schools are utilizing RULER




Staples Tuition Grants


Staples Tuition Grants (STG) provides tuition assistance to Staples High School seniors and graduates in Westport, CT with demonstrated financial need, helping to close the gap between what their family can afford and the expected cost of tuition at the student’s chosen college or trade school. STG was founded on the belief that all young adults should have the opportunity to continue their education beyond high school. Learn more here: https://www.staplestuitiongrants.org/




Leadership and Empowerment


Local Live Girl, Inc -Founded in 2014, LiveGirl, Inc. is a Connecticut-based nonprofit organization that builds confident leaders. Their mission is to empower and equip the next generation of brave, inclusive leaders with the skills, community, and connections so that ALL girls may thrive and make a positive impact on the world.




Healthy Relationships & Teen Dating


Local/State: Domestic Violence Crisis Center of CT (DVCCCT) - To provide effective services, support and education for the prevention and elimination of domestic violence across Connecticut and beyond. - DVCC Health y Relationships and Teen Dating Abuse Info Packet





Podcasts

The Happiness Lab - In "The Happiness Lab" podcast, Yale professor Dr Laurie Santos will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will forever alter the way you think about happiness. She's changed the lives of thousands of people through her class "Psychology and the Good Life," and she'll change yours, too.

The Science of Happiness Podcast - What does it take to live a happier life? Learn research-tested strategies that you can put into practice today. 

The Anxious Achiever - Rethink mental health and work, with candid stories from leaders who’ve been there.

Unlocking Us w/ Brene Brown - Join researcher and #1 New York Times best-selling author Brené Brown as she unpacks and explores the ideas, stories, experiences, books, films, and music that reflect the universal experiences of being human, from the bravest moments to the most brokenhearted.

The Screenagers Podcast - Join Delaney Ruston, MD, a leading authority on parenting in the digital age and the filmmaker of the award-winning Screenagers movies, as she explores strategies for raising screen-wise and tech-balanced youth. Through interviews with researchers, thought leaders, and young people themselves, the Screenagers Podcast delivers the latest in science along with practical tips and important insights that parents will want to share with their kids and teens.

Baby In The House w/ Dr. Tina Bryson & Dr. Phil Boucher - 

Baby in the House, the podcast where we tackle all those tough parenting questions, where everyone's got an opinion from grandparents to neighbors, to that nosy lady behind you at the line in the grocery, Where we examine the research, share our experiences, and those are the families we care for. We give you the clarity and confidence you need to make the right choices for your baby and family. Without guilt, confusion, or analysis paralysis. Tina Payne Bryson is a pediatric psychotherapist, a mom to three boys. The co-author of the New York Times bestsellers The Whole Brain Child, No Drama Discipline, as well as the Yes Brain and The Power of Showing Up. She's the author of The Bottom Line for Baby and talks to parents all over the world about how to raise kids who thrive. Phil is a board-certified pediatrician, husband, and father of five. He sees patients in his pediatric practice and actively engages parents online to bring peace, clarity, and confidence to over-busy confused parents.

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