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Links to helpful websites

Suicide/ Depression:

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.

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 offers in-person and online screening for those with or concerned about 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. It provides resources to help the visitor recognize the signs of suicide in family members, friends and co-workers. It also highlights the relationship between suicide and mental illness and the need for professional mental health treatment.

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has a plethora of resources on suicide prevention, as well as how to develop a suicide prevention program. The site also offers individual state suicide prevention pages, news and events, an online library, training, and more.

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.  AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.

Riverside Community Care has 24-hour a day services for individuals with mental health issues, substance abuse problems, developmental disabilities, and traumatic head injuries.  It serves 60 Massachusetts cities and towns including Wellesley and neighboring cities and towns.

The Samaritans 24-hour helpline:  1- 877-870-HOPE, 1-800-252-TEEN (8336). The Samaritans is a volunteer organization aimed at reducing the incidence of suicide by offering trained counselors who help individuals in crisis. The Samariteen helpline is dedicated to the prevention of suicide among teens. Trained counselors provide confidential peer support to teens who are struggling with feelings of depression, loneliness and stress.

The National Suicide Hotlines 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) and 1-800-273-TALK (8255) provide suicide prevention resources.

http://suicidehotlines.com/massachusetts.html

This website explains what to expect when you call a hotline and how to survive depression.

Families for Depression Awareness help caregivers and those with depressive disorders understand the conditions and share their experiences. The website features family profiles, information about depression, provides medical assistance and other resources for families with questions and concerns about mental health issues.

Coping for Survivors:

The Dougy Center  provides information and support for children and teens who are grieving the death of a loved one. Helping Teens Cope with Death is a book from The Dougy Center which provides information for parents, teachers, clergy, or friends to better understand the grief of a teen that has experienced the loss of someone (by suicide).

The Compassionate Friends offer support for parents and siblings who have experienced the death of a child, brother, or sister. They offer support groups, newsletters, on-line support, and hold an annual conference for bereaved families.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website features information about suicide, depression and coping with loss by suicide.

Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) promotes the advancement of public policies related to suicide prevention. They also provide a forum for survivors of suicide and those who have lost someone to suicide to transform their grief into positive action.

Heartbeat provides support for those that have lost someone to suicide.

Mental Health – High School Students:

www.highschoolblues.com Provides information about common problems in high school, including mental health.

Mental Health – College Students:

www.campusblues.com  Provides information about common problems in college, including mental health, and provides a forum for college students.

ULifeline is the online resource center for the Jed Foundation for college student mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Active Minds develops and supports student run mental health awareness, education and advocacy groups. Provides fact sheets on mental illness and information about starting an Active Minds Chapter.

Mental Health – Elderly:

The Bright Side offers support for those dealing with depression, grief, suicide, mental illness, or other emotional crises.  

www.spanusa.org Click on About Suicide & Suicide Prevention, scroll down to Suicide & the Elderly

Drugs/Alcohol:

The Al-Anon/Alateen groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experiences, strength and hopes. Meetings are free, anonymous and confidential. Their primary purpose is to help families of alcoholics who believe that alcoholism is a family illness.

Alcoholics Anonymous provides self-help groups for alcoholics.

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

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

 

GET HELP NOW

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

For immediate help call
9-1-1

Riverside Emergency Services
781-769-8674

Newton Wellesley Hospital
617-243-6000

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

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

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