Graduate school can be a wonderful time full of happy moments and personal and intellectual growth. However, it also has plenty of stress-inducing situations and everyone needs to have someone to talk to at one time or another. Sometimes, just talking to your friends in the hallway may not be enough or the right source for help. In these situations it can be useful to get help outside of your scientific and personal cohorts. A brief list of some resources available at UConn Health and outside is provided here.
Students employed as GRADUATE ASSISTANTS can contact Elizabeth Robinson with the Employee Assistance Program at 860-679-2893. Non-GA students can contact Debra Johnson or Pamela Skerker in the Department of Psychiatry at 860-679-6700.
There are also community-based services (outside the UConn Health community) that provide specific crisis and counseling services:
These organizations support people who have family members with alcoholism. This number will give you an answering service that provides dates, times, and locations of Al-Anon/Alateen meetings.
Alcoholics Anonymous: 860-282-5924
This number will give you an answering service that provides dates, times and locations of AA meetings.
Cocaine Anonymous Hotline: 860-871-4584
This is a recording that provides meeting times for Cocaine Anonymous, and tells you how to receive a mailing of information on addiction. Another phone number is also provided if you need more immediate help.
Domestic Violence: Hartford Interval House: 860-527-0550
Trained crisis counselors answer this hotline 24 hours/day. The group provides information, referrals, and emergency shelter for women (and their children if needed). The group also organizes child and adult support groups and provides victim advocates in the Hartford, Manchester and West Hartford court systems. This hotline is frequently busy, so keep trying.
Domestic Violence: Prudence Crandall Center for Women-New Britain Crisis Line: 860-225-6357
This 24 hour hotline is staffed by crisis counselors who provide advocacy and counseling services to victims of domestic violence. The services are free and emergency shelter can be obtained for battered women and their children.
Gamblers Anonymous: 203-777-5585
This is an answering service that provides the phone number of a person on call who will talk to you. These people are on call only in a vague sense; you might get an answering machine.
Narcotics Anonymous: 860-828-3137
This number provides the times and locations of meetings in the area for recovering narcotic addicts. The goal of these group meetings is to share experiences and provide strength and hope.
Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline: 860-522-6666
This number is staffed by crisis counselors 24 hours/day. These counselors talk to men, women and children who have experienced sexual assault. The hotline counselors arrange appointments for one-on-one counseling and for teen and adult support groups at the Hartford Regional YWCA at 135 Broad Street, Hartford.
Suicide Hotline: The Samaritans: 860-232-2121
Private counseling services are covered to various degrees by the health plans offered by the state. Refer to your health plan summary for details. Also note that some private counseling services bill on a sliding scale (fee is determined according to ability to pay).