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We asked our panelists to provide us with links pertinent to their talks, and additionally gathered material from our audience in the webinar chat. We have organized these materials by topic and provide links to them all here.

Trends for Youth in Mental Health

Inequities in the Mental Health System

Psychiatrist Shortage and Community Care

Social Media and Mental Health


General Mental Health Resources

National organizations

Local Organizations

Donate, Support, Volunteer!

Education Courses

  • NAMI Family-to-Family
    • Free 8-week course for family caretakers of people with mental health conditions
    • Led by trained family volunteers
  • NAMI Basics
    • Free 6-week course for parents of children & adolescents
    • Led by trained family volunteers

Support Groups

  • NAMI Mass Connection Recovery Support Groups
    • Led by trained peer facilitators who’ve been there. NAMI Connection groups allow you to talk about your experiences in a safe and confidential setting. The free groups encourage empathy, productive discussion, and a sense of community.
  • NAMI Mass Family Support Groups
    • Led by trained family member volunteers, NAMI Family Support Groups are free groups for family members, friends, and other caregivers of people diagnosed with mental health conditions. See also NAMI Mass’s special interest support groups (for parents of teens & adolescents, parents of school-age children, spouses and partners, elderly caretakers, etc.) here.

Contact Numbers for a Crisis

  • Samaritans call or text 24/7
    • (877) 870-HOPE (4673)
  • The Trevor Project (LGBT youth hotline) 24/7
    • 1-866-488-7386 
  • Trans Lifeline (Peer Support Helpline for Transgender)
    • (open 24/7; see website re: reduced capacity during pandemic)
    • 1-877-565-8860 
    • Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline 24/7 (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
    • 1-800-662-HELP (4357) 
    • Free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
  • LGBT National Hotline (see hours)
    • 1-888-843-4564 
  • Peer Support Line (MetroBoston Recovery Learning Community)
    • 877-733-7563 (see hours)
  • Directory of Emergency Services Providers for Massachusetts

Mental Health for Kids

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