The World Health Organization says depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion (USD) each year in lost productivity.
Of the 44 million U.S. adults who experience mental health challenges and illnesses, Indigenous people and people part of the LBGTQA+ community are disproportionately affected, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Part of our commitment to equity in the workplace and our community is ensuring access to mental health support. 211 and www.211ct.org are vital services supported by United Way of Western CT, makes sure that everyone who needs help can get it – for free.
This World Mental Health Day, United Way of Western Connecticut wants you to know that you are not alone, and there are resources to help. Mental health matters. You matter.
If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health difficulties, please know that you are not alone. There are resources available to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- If you or someone you know needs mental health support, text or call 2-1-1 or visit www.211ct.org
- If you or someone you know is having or expressing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
- In an emergency, life-threatening situation, call 9-1-1.