You are not alone: All mothers, fathers, and families deserve support during pregnancy and parenthood.

You are not to blame: This time is challenging.

You will be well: Many types of support are available.

 

Get Help

If you, or a loved one, is suffering with a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder, you’ve come to the right place. Contact one of our PSI-CT Support Coordinators, who will help guide you through the process of finding a professional near you with expertise and experience in treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Whether you are searching for a therapist, a medication prescriber knowledgeable in prescribing during pregnancy and lactation, or looking for a local peer support group, we are here to help.

Find a PSI-CT Coordinator or Support Group:

Sarah Dufresne
Eastern CT: Tolland, Windham, and New London Counties
860-617-1684 TEXT OR CALL
sarahpsict@gmail.com

Debbie Shillingford
Eastern CT: Fairfield County (Northern)
475-319-1814 TEXT OR CALL
debbiepsi19@gmail.com

Kate Murphy
Eastern CT: Fairfield County (Southern)
203-539-0698 TEXT OR CALL
kate.psict@gmail.com

Suzanne Beare-Knight
Fairfield County
203-788-5829 TEXT OR CALL
suzannembk@gmail.com

Wendy Mohr
Hartford County
860-474-3164 TEXT OR CALL
wendy3.psi@gmail.com

Kristin Long
Hartford County
860-578-2598 TEXT OR CALL
psicoordinatorct@gmail.com

Jaclyn Hunt
Hartford County
860-325-2811 TEXT OR CALL
JaclynM.hunt@gmail.com

Kristin Foschi
Shoreline Area: New Haven & Middlesex Counties
203-903-1007 TEXT OR CALL
Kristin.Foschi@gmail.com

Julia Gonzalez Candela
Spanish-speaking, Statewide
860-255-8380 TEXT OR CALL

Jennifer Vendetti
STATEWIDE – please contact Jen if your area of the state is not mentioned above.
860-301-6092 TEXT OR CALL
Maternalmentalhealtheducator@gmail.com 

We do not offer crisis management services. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911. For additional safety information, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. CT crisis resources can also be found  by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting the 2-1-1- website.

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Did you know that perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are the number one medical complication of childbirth?

While often referred to as postpartum depression or even simply as postpartum, PMADs can take many forms and can also occur during pregnancy. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders include depression, anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and (much more rarely) psychosis.

> Get the facts by visiting PSI’s website at www.postpartum.net

Get Involved

Want to make a difference? Become a member today.

Join PSI today and PSI-CT will receive a portion of your donation, and you will automatically become a member of PSI-CT too!

Or join PSI-CT only , but please note, you do not receive the PSI membership benefits if you join PSI-CT only. Contact us  if you have any questions about membership.

Donate to PSI-CT Chapter by clicking this link.

Volunteer

PSI state chapters are made up of a variety of local stakeholders who further the mission of PSI on a grassroots level. Chapters work on a wide range of initiatives that they dictate for themselves because they know their states best!

All are welcome at PSI-CT! Survivors, mental health professionals, doulas, and clinicians all volunteer through the chapter in order to give back to their local communities.

As an all volunteer organization, PSI-CT requires anyone volunteering with the organization to first be a member. It is important that anyone volunteering with our organization be dedicated to our mission and both our fiscal and “on the ground” success.  Please contact our Membership Chair if you need to request a reduced or exemption from the membership fee.

Climb Out Of The Darkness

Every year, PSI hosts Climb Out Of The Darkness, a movement that invites people from all over the world to host local walks and events to spread awareness of mental health challenges of new families. A Climb can be as simple as a play-date in a park, a hike, or a more elaborate event. The majority of Climbs are held in June, near the summer solstice in celebration of long sunny days and a family’s climb from anxiety and depression to recovery.

We gather as a community to walk and socialize. We meet fellow survivors, supporters & providers.

#climbout

Host a Climb

We are looking for Climb Leaders to host events in your state. Leaders will go through a quick training, and will have the support of other climb leaders, your state chapter and PSI staff. To create a Climb event in your area, email our Climb Manager Emily at Cotd@postpartum.net!

For Professionals

PSI Provider Directory

PSI and PSI-CT work to breaks down to barriers to access to treatment and care and now offers an online directory of qualified perinatal mental health professionals. Join the registry and share your listing as a mental health provider, a healthcare provider, childbirth professional, or support group.

Moms, families, and providers can quickly and easily identify trained perinatal mental health providers in their area. As a specialized provider, you can tailor your directory listing to reach out to potential clients in your area. Keep your profile up-to-date with practice announcements, new programs and groups, and more!

Perinatal Psychiatric Consult Line

The PSI Perinatal Psychiatric Consult Line is a service provided for medical professionals who have questions about the mental health care related to pregnant and postpartum patients and pre-conception planning. It is staffed by reproductive psychiatrists who are members of PSI and specialists in the treatment of perinatal mental health disorders. The service is free and available by appointment. Call 1-877-499-4773 and we will match you with an appointment. We will respond to your request within one business day. This service is available for medical providers only.

Training Sessions

We provide top-notch education and training for professionals both in-person and online allowing you to serve your patients with confidence.

About Us

PSI-CT works to increase support and provide resources for women and their families during pregnancy and the postpartum period (also known as the perinatal period), to increase awareness of the mental health challenges related to childbearing and parenting, and to provide perinatal mental health training for childbirth professionals. PSI-CT is a 501(c)(3) organization under the tax id number of Postpartum Support International LLC (Tax #77-0196208).

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Katie Newkirk, Treasurer, psicttreasurer@gmail.com
Teresa Twomey, Ex-officio Board Member, tmtwomey2@gmail.com

Contact Us

For more information about the PSI Connecticut chapter, please contact us using the form below.  We will be in touch soon.

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