EMPS Supports National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 General News
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Statewide event raises awareness of emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges

ROCKY HILL, Conn., May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (May

3rd) Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) providers across Connecticut exhibited at town and city halls, community centers, and libraries to raise awareness of the free resources available to Connecticut families with adolescents who face behavioral and emotional challenges.  

Providers exhibited in Bridgeport, Danbury, Greenwich, Milford, Norwalk, Norwich, Rocky Hill, Stamford, and Windsor Locks showcasing the services available by dialing 2-1-1, Connecticut's free, multilingual, statewide resource line and pushing '1' for crisis.  In addition to increasing EMPS' visibility among the public, the statewide outreach event helped local officials understand the critical role EMPS' services play in the well-being of adolescents across Connecticut.

"It is easy to overlook small indicators of an impending emotional or behavioral health crisis.  The warning signs aren't always obvious," said Robert Plant, Ph.D., Director of Community Programs and Services, State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families. "We hope that by showcasing the free resources available through EMPS and raising awareness of the importance of caring for children's mental, emotional and physical well-being, we will be able to help more families identify warning signs and connect them with the appropriate resources to help their child(ren)."

Dialing 2-1-1 and, when prompted, pressing '1' for 'crisis', provides access to EMPS' team of nearly 150 trained mental health professionals across the state that can respond immediately, face-to-face or by phone, to help manage a behavioral or emotional crisis.

EMPS phone support is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, and mobile support, Monday through Friday from 9:00a.m.-10:00p.m. and from 1:00p.m.-10:00p.m. on weekends and holidays.  Following the crisis, an EMPS clinician and members of the provider team will meet with the child's family for up to six weeks, develop an action plan and connect them with additional support resources.

To learn more about how EMPS can help manage and respond to behavioral and emotional crises, visit http://empsct.org.  

About EMPS:

Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) is a mobile intervention service for children and adolescents experiencing a behavioral or mental health crisis that is accessed by calling 2-1-1. Funded by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and in partnership with the United Way of Connecticut, the program comprises a team of nearly 150 trained mental health professionals across the state that can respond immediately by phone or in person within 45 minutes when a child is experiencing an emotional or behavioral crisis.  To learn more, visit http://empsct.org or for support during a crisis, dial 2-1-1 and press '1' for 'Crisis.'

Media Contact: Danielle Cyr | Co-Communications | 860.676.4400 | Danielle@cocommunications.com


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