COVID-19 has caused a significant mental health crisis, especially within disadvantaged communities who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. In response, New Haven-based organization Clifford Beers, one of the foremost mental health nonprofits in Connecticut for children and families, set up a free emotional support helpline called Reach Out Connecticut at 844-Talk-4CT. With the support of 4-CT, Clifford Beers has been able to expand this supportline to reach callers statewide.
Reach Out CT is a helpline Connecticut residents can call for counseling on subclinical mental health issues and for connections to basic need resources in real time. Clifford Beers' trained call specialists also provide, as needed, referrals to 211 or 911 and/or to partner nonprofits that address specific issues such as food insecurity, general financial insecurity, and substance abuse. The goal of the helpline is to provide preventative, comprehensive and early support, addressing issues before they worsen to a level of crisis.
Social and Equity Impact of 4-CT Grant:
As of June 26th:
● Calls processed: 110
● Average call length: 17 min
● Referrals to other organizations: 46
50% of warmline operators are Spanish speakers
14% of warmline callers self identify as Black or African-American
11% of warmline callers self identify as being of Hispanic/Latino origin
2% of warmline callers self identify as Mexican
6% of warmline callers self identify as Puerto Rican
27% of warmline callers self identify as White
79% of warmline callers are female
17% of warmline callers are male
4-CT is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit.
100% of your contribution will go towards our 4-CT Card Program.
Please make check payable to 4-CT
50 Charles Street
Westport, CT 06880
If you are a Community Organization with innovative ideas about how to aid vulnerable and marginalized communities in an ongoing COVID-19 recovery effort and have questions or ideas for us, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are an individual seeking financial assistance from the 4-CT Card program, please be advised that 4-CT staff do not run these programs and can’t provide direct access. All intakes, applications and aid distribution are conducted solely at the discretion of our partners organizations in the community.
Community action agencies across the state may be equipped to answer specific questions about Emergency Assistance:Connecticut Community Action Agencies – Connecticut Association for Community Action (cafca.org)