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About Us

Welcome to TurningPointCt.org!

TurningPointCT.org was developed by young people in Connecticut who are in recovery from mental health and substance use issues. While we’re not clinicians, we know what it’s like to feel alone, stressed, worried, sad, and angry. We’ve lived through the ups and downs of self-harm, drugs and alcohol, and the struggle to find help. Fortunately, we found what worked for us. Our goal is to provide information and support to help you choose your path so that you don’t have to struggle the way we did.

So, welcome to TurningPointCT.org—guiding your search for mental wellness. Our mission is to empower teens and young adults in their search for emotional and mental health. Our website will help you understand your options and learn how to navigate the behavioral health system:

  • We help you learn about treatment models, local community supports, and state and national resources.
  • We connect you with other teens and young adults who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, self-harm, thoughts of suicide, addiction, mood swings, eating disorders, substance abuse, or any form of emotional distress or mental illness.

Meet The Team

Quinn Atlas Jannetty (They/Them), Peer Support Specialist & Co-Peer Leader

Quinn is a queer, trans non-binary researcher with a background in psychological science and criminology. They are a certified Recovery Support Specialist and trained in Intentional Peer Support. Quinn also facilitates Alternatives to Suicide both in person and virtually. Before coming to TurningPointCT, Quinn worked as a direct care provider in the mental health and addiction field. Quinn also spent two semesters interning for CT’s Judicial Branch in CSSD’s Multicultural Affairs Division. It was in these roles that they deepened their desire to educate folks about mental health, addiction, trauma stewardship, cultural responsiveness, identity, and marginalization.

In 2020, Quinn began serving as the Advocacy Director for The Reflection Zone in Watertown, CT. They wrote and facilitated workshops about LGBTQ+ identities and collaborated with the team to plan family friendly events for their community to enjoy. Quinn is passionate about creating and holding space for the narratives of marginalized people and facilitating conversations with folks about identity, bias, power, and community care. They are an ardent believer in challenging systems rooted in oppression through education, sharing resources, and creating environments conducive to social change. 

In their spare time, Quinn enjoys furthering their studies of astrology (they’re a Leo sun, Gemini moon, and Scorpio rising) and doing card readings for friends and family. Most weekends, you can find Quinn out hiking and searching for new plants and fungi with their partner. When they’re not on the trails, Quinn is usually improvising on the piano, curled up with a book, or in the kitchen measuring spices with their heart and, of course, waiting on the potatoes. 

Contact: turningpointct@positivedirections.org

Therell Mayes (He/Him), Social Media Lead

Therell joined TurningPointCT as the Social Media Lead in September 2021. He is a young adult who wants to help other young folks who are struggling with mental health like he has. Therell graduated from Norwalk Community College in May 2022, majoring in Liberal Arts & Science.

His experience with social media began when he joined high school. Since then, he has learned how to use various social media platforms to promote his photography, music, and YouTube videos. Therell loves to write stories, poetry, and lyrics as well as record music, photograph nature, and exercise.

Read more about Therell’s lived experience with mental health: Therell’s Story of Overcoming Anxiety and Depression Using Coping Skills

Contact: turningpointct@positivedirections.org

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TurningPointCT.org is based at Positive Directions, The Center for Prevention and Counseling, and funded by Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.  The project is managed by and in consultation with young people in recovery from around Connecticut.

TurningPointCT.org does not provide treatment services, or referrals to clinicians or treatment facilities. We do not have clinicians available on-hand. If you need help right away, dial 2-1-1, + option 1 for a Crisis Counselor in Connecticut, call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (988) or the Crisis Text Line (741741). (You can find the numbers for these at the top of every page of the website). Otherwise, please refer to our Resources page and Resource Map to find lists of programs near you.

Please report any problems with the website and give us feedback at turningpointct@positivedirections.org.

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