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NORTHWEST CORNER — In a world dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, Greenwoods Counseling Referrals representative Sarah Lauretti Toomey wants people to know that there is help for mental health and addiction problems.
“I think that there are a lot more people struggling right now than ever before,” Toomey said in an interview with The Winsted Phoenix. “That’s why we need to let people know that they are not alone. There is help, although a lot of people don’t know where to turn. They don’t know what to do. We want people to know that we can help them.”
Toomey is a community outreach and recovery navigator who helps people get the treatment they need.
“We want to get the word out to people that there are still mental health and addiction services available for people,” Toomey said. “There’s a lot of people right now struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction. All of these things are challenging for people regularly. But, add in the COVID-19 pandemic, it makes it even more difficult.”
Toomey said that people need to know they are not alone with their struggles and there is help available.
“This is a very challenging time,” she said. “Having somebody to connect with, especially with people who are feeling isolated, is important. Any therapist is trained to help people with coping. They can help with coping with being isolated, depression, and anxiety. A lot of people are feeling like they are scared. They don’t want to leave the house and there’s a lot
of trauma happening.”
She said that there are many options open despite the pandemic.
“We’ve gotten creative through TeleHealth and sending people to treatment,” she said. “As far as addiction: people should know that if they are struggling with any kind of addiction, they are still accepting people into programs. I want people to know that I can help them access detox, rehab, medicated assisted treatment. Anything that people feel that they need, I help people to their journey to recovery. There are options available for people right now. A lot of people may think ‘oh, I can’t go into treatment right now because nobody is accepting patients.’ That’s not true.”
Toomey said that she is available to talk to residents for any mental health, addiction, or harm reduction resource questions at 860-309-3845.
She also provided this list of resources available to the community:

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