Suicide/ Depression

Riverside Community Care offers 24-hour mobile emergency services, outpatient counseling, day treatment, pediatric therapy, in-home care, vocational services, help with a substance abuse problem, or acute, short, or long-term residential support, Riverside has a program to meet your needs. It serves 60 Massachusetts cities and towns including Wellesley and surrounding towns.

24-hour helpline:      1- 877-870-HOPE (4673)     1-800-252-TEEN (8336)
Samaritans, a volunteer organization dedicated to reducing the incidence of suicide by befriending individuals in crisis and the Samariteen helpline which is dedicated specifically to the prevention of suicide among teens and provides confidential peer support and understanding to teens who are struggling with feelings of depression, loneliness and stress.  Also contains information about SafePlace which is a group of caring people who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide.

The Human Relations Service (HRS) is a private, non-profit mental health agency serving families in Wellesley and neighboring communities. Their services include outpatient diagnosis, treatment, and crisis intervention. They offer sliding scale fees for residents whose visits are not covered by insurance. They also provide employee assistance programs and counseling to local college students. HRS offers weekday emergency coverage during regular business hours and 24-hour coverage to existing clients.

Reach Beyond Domestic Violence is a non-profit organization providing safety and support to survivors of abuse while engaging communities to promote healthy relationships and prevent domestic violence. It is a comprehensive domestic violence service agency serving 6,000 people a year through a combination of intervention and prevention services. Our shelter, 24-hour hotline, and community-based support services provide domestic violence survivors with the help they need to achieve permanent safety and independence. Our Prevention and Education programs engage the community, generate conversations, and create locally-based solutions to end domestic violence.

Adolescent Wellness Inc, (AWI) a 501c3 non-profit is a Wellesley based organization. AWI acts to reduce the lag time between medical research and practical application, which typically averages about ten years. Their website highlights information, programming and resources for teens, parents and clergy. They offer iGROW teen resources, parent resources, toolkits, a wellness policy for schools, and much more.

The Bright Side offers support - whether you are dealing with depression, grief, suicide, mental illness, emotional crisis, or are just feeling overwhelmed with life. You will find educational materials, personal stories, and other resources to help you cope with depression, grief, suicide, or whatever mental or emotional difficulty you or your loved one may be experiencing.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Substance Abuse’s  National Mental Health Information Center provides information on mental health issues, referrals to local mental health resources, and free publications on mental health illnesses and issues.

The Screening for Mental Health website has both in-person and online programs for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, alcohol problems, and suicide prevention.

Stop a Suicide, Today  is a program of the Suicide Education and Research Division of Screening for Mental Health. Stop a Suicide Today teaches you how to recognize the signs of suicide in family members, friends and co-workers, and empowers you to make a difference in the lives of your loved ones. It emphasizes the relationship between suicide and mental illness and the notion that a key step in reducing suicide is to get those in need into mental health treatment.

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center is the home of 490 web pages and 250 library resources on suicide prevention information and developing suicide prevention programs. The site includes individual state suicide prevention pages, news and events, an online library, training, and links to other web sites.

The American Association of Suicidology promotes research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals and volunteers with the goal of understanding and preventing suicide.  

Are you feeling desperate, alone or hopeless? Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.  Call for yourself or someone you care about it is free and confidential.  Provides a network of more than 140 crisis centers nationwide, and is available 24/7.

Families who work together are best able to recognize and cope with depressive disorders. Families for Depression Awareness helps caregivers and people with depressive disorders understand the conditions and share issues. Our website offers family profiles, information about depression, medical help, books, links and other helpful tools for families with questions and concerns about mental health issues.

Resources for Survivors

The Dougy Center
The National Center for Grieving Children & Families provides information and support for children and teens who are grieving the death of a loved one. It also provides a directory of programs in Massachusetts and other states that help grieving children, teens and their families.

The Compassionate Friends
Support for parents and siblings who have experienced the death of a child, brother, or sister. Sponsors support groups, newsletters, and on-line support groups throughout the country, as well as an annual national conference for bereaved families.

This website for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention contains information about suicide and depression and helpful information on coping with loss by suicide. Information on helping survivors can be found by clicking on Surviving Suicide Loss, then Coping with Suicide Loss, and then Helping Friends and Family.

The Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN USA) is dedicated to leveraging grassroots support among suicide survivors and others to advance public policies that help prevent suicide. Their goal is to create a way for survivors of suicide - those who have lost someone to suicide - to transform their grief into positive action to prevent future tragedies.

Heartbeat is a peer support website offering empathy, encouragement and direction following the suicide of a loved one.


The Al-Anon/Alateen groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope, in order to solve their common problems. Meetings are free, anonymous and confidential. Their primary purpose is to help families of alcoholics based on the belief that alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.

Alcoholics Anonymous website provides information on meetings. AA provides self-help groups for alcoholics.

Sameem Associates, located in Newton, MA  617-964­-1060
Sameen is an outpatient treatment and consultation program treating the addictions, adolescents, and families.

Children’s Hospital Adolescent Substance Abuse Program in Boston offers substance abuse assessment and treatment.


Hurting yourself is NEVER the answer. There is help available…talk to someone now

For immediate help call

Riverside Emergency Services

Newton Wellesley Hospital

Samariteen Hotline
1-800-252-TEEN (8336)

Samaritan Helpline
1-877-870-HOPE (4673)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)