COVID-19 Community Levels Map Update, Jan. 27, 2023: The CDC has listed three Connecticut Counties—Litchfield, Middlesex and New Haven Counties—in the High/Orange category as part of its weekly COVID-19 Community Levels update. Fairfield, Hartford, New London, Tolland and Windham Counties are listed in the Medium/Yellow category.  Because all eight Connecticut counties are either in the High or Medium categories, the Connecticut Department of Public Health recommends that all residents consider wearing a mask in public indoor spaces. People who are at high risk for severe illness should consider additional measures to minimize their exposure to COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. Visit the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels Map for updates.


Please visit covidtests.gov to request four free COVID-19 self-test kits from the Federal Government. Find a location that has a supply of COVID-19 therapeutics as part of the Test to Treat initiative here. The complete DPH COVID-19 toolbox is located at ct.gov/coronavirus.

Suicide and Self Inflicted Injury Prevention Program

In crisis? Call the National Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741. The Crisis Text Line offers free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the US to connect with a trained Crisis Counselor.

 

Suicide is the leading cause of intentional injury death in Connecticut. The suicide rate for the state is highest for persons 45 to 54 years of age and lowest for the age group 15 to 19 years. According to the 2011 Connecticut School Health Survey, 1 in 7 students in grades 9 through 12 said they seriously considered attempting suicide during the previous 12 months. However, the proportion of students in grades 9 through 12 who reported that they attempted suicide one or more times in the past year dropped from 12.1% in 2005 to 6.7% in 2011.

 

Data from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner show that in Connecticut, from 2007 to 2012, there were about 1,988 deaths due to suicide. From 2007 to 2013 there were 9,576 hospital in-patient discharges; 8,767 were suicides by prescription drug overdose.  Evidence suggests that suicide and self-inflicted injury are closely linked to depression and other mental health issues. The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) supports the general principles outlined in the Connecticut Suicide Prevention Plan 2020 that promote awareness of suicide and reduce factors that increase the risks.

 

Listed below are some of the DPH strategic areas of focus:

Increasing the ability to recognize and respond to individuals at risk;

Increasing help-seeking behavior of individuals and gatekeepers;

Providing and disseminating accurate and comprehensive de-identified, aggregate suicide data through the Connecticut Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS);

Developing and following crisis management procedures;

Restricting access to potentially lethal means (prescription drugs);

Develop life skills that enhance protective factors; and

Promoting social networks

 

Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board (CTSAB)

The CTSAB is a network of diverse advocates, educators and leaders concerned with addressing the problem of suicide with a focus on prevention, intervention, and health and wellness promotion. CTSAB is a much broader coalition than the previous Interagency Suicide Prevention Network (ISPN), representing a wide mix of public state agencies, private not for profits, professions, survivors, veterans, military, clergy, schools, universities, health care agencies, police, and communities.

 

Prior to the creation of the board, the ISPN was a collaboration of representatives from state agencies and other agencies/constituencies initiated as a follow up to the Northeast Injury Prevention Network Invitational Suicide Prevention Planning Conference held in June of 2000. The ISPN eventually completed and produced in 2005 the Connecticut Comprehensive suicide Plan.
Recently, the CTSAB released the State of Connecticut Suicide Prevention Plan 2020.

 

2015 Suicide in Connecticut

Link: http://www.preventsuicidect.org/about-us/