Mental Health Resources

Immediate Phone Support

Riverside Emergency Crisis Team – 800-529-5077 –Provides 24/7 mental health and substance use evaluations to people in crisis. Instead of going to the emergency room, services can be provided to you over the phone, in your home, at school, or in another community setting.

NAMI HelpLine: Monday – Friday 10am-6pm, 800-950-6264 . The NAMI HelpLine is a free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with mental health conditions, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. HelpLine staff and volunteers are experienced, well-trained and able to provide guidance.

Samaritans – 877-870-4673 (text or call 24/7) –  If you are feeling uncertain about anything in your life, we are here for you. Whatever the reason, you will get help from a trained volunteer offering non-judgmental support. Our 24/7 Crisis Helpline also provides resources for those reaching out with concern for others.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline – 1-800-273-8255: The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Call2Talk Dial 2-1-1, 508-532-2255 or text C2T to 741741 - is a mental health, emotional support, and suicide prevention program run by Mass211. It operates 24/7 and provides confidential, compassionate listening to assist people.Call2Talk is a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center and partners with Crisis Text Line to respond to people by text.

Disaster Distress Helpline – Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.

 The Trevor Project -  24/7 suicide prevention hotline with a focus on LGBTQ youth.   Trained counselors are available to support you 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386, or chat with a counselor through their website.

The Living Room through Advocates: 508-661-3333 - 24/7 phone support. The Living Room program provides a 24-hour crisis alternative to emergency department visits and hospitalization. Located in Framingham, The Living Room is the only program of its kind accessible to people in the MetroWest and greater Boston areas.

InterFace Looking for a Mental Health Provider? Call the INTERFACE Referral Helpline 888-244-6843 (toll free) Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm - This is a free, confidential mental health outpatient referral service for children, adults, and families in Needham


Riverside Trauma Center, Grief therapy referral and resources

Jim McCauley, LICSW  781-433-0672 Ext. 4932,  jmccauley@riversidecc.org


Needham Psychotherapy, Grief Therapist:  June Atkind, LICSW  781-449-4779 , 
992 Great Plain Avenue, #22 Needham, MA 02492,  June.npa@gmail.com

David Forte, Community Outreach Officer, Needham Police Dept. 781-455-7570 x259

Veterans Resources Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 press 1 and Coaching into Care 1-888-823-7458.


Online Resources

Daily Life and Coping with Stress of Coronavirus  

Psychological Tips for Children and Adolescents’ Emotions

Tips for Emergency Responders

Care for your coronavirus anxiety   Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty

Anxiety and the Virus (adult clients)

Apps/Tools

Reflectly (preteens and teens) basic, free mood tracking/dreams/sleepless nights, or to generally have a place to log thoughts.

Youper (teens and adults) Mood tracking and journaling.  Auto text message feature that can explore the client’s mood with them

Relax Melodies Customize sleep sounds and white noise

Sanvello (teenagers and adults)   Addresses anxiety and depression: practices mindfulness and can log mood


Online Support Groups

NAMI hosts online communities where people exchange support and encouragement. These Discussion Groups can easily be joined by visiting.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance:  online support groups and other resources

Samaritans – 24 hour call/text help line 877-870-4673 (text or call 24/7) –  If you are feeling uncertain about anything in your life, we are here for you. Whatever the reason, you will get help from a trained volunteer offering non-judgmental support. Our 24/7 Crisis Helpline also provides resources for those reaching out with concern for others.


Samaritan’s Virtual SafePlace Meetings:

These meetings are open for anyone who has lost a loved to suicide to connect with others who have experienced a similar loss. Meetings will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8pm. Please use this Samaritan’s Virtual SafePlace Meeting Form to sign up for the meetings and theywill send you a Zoom meeting invitation


Samaritan’s Remote Individual & Family Visits:

Talking about such a tremendous loss can be overwhelming for some. If you’re not ready to attend a support group or if you need some extra time outside of SafePlace meetings, a pair of trained volunteers are available to offer support via Zoom video calls or phone calls.  Contact, Emily at ebritt@samaritanshope.org or candes@samaritanshope.org Cheri 617-536-2469 to schedule a remote visit.


Samaritan’s Resources:

When Someone Close to You Dies by Suicide
The Importance of Self-Care for Loss Survivors
Recommended Readings for Survivors
Alliance of Hope Online Message Board

7Cups:  Free online text chat with a trained listener for emotional support and counseling. Also offers fee- for-service online therapy with a licensed mental health professional. Service/website also offered in Spanish. 

Turn2me: online self help, support groups and professional help

Emotions Anonymous: An international fellowship of people who desire to have a better sense of emotional well-being. EA members have in person and online weekly meetings available in more than 30 countries with 600 active groups worldwide. The EA is nonprofessional and can be a complement to therapy.

Support Group Central: Offers virtual support groups on numerous mental health conditions - free or low-cost. Website also offered in Spanish.

The Tribe Wellness Community:  Free, online peer support groups offering members facing mental health challenges and/or difficult family dynamics a safe place to connect. Support groups include Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, HIV/AIDS, LGBT, Marriage/Family, OCD and Teens.

SupportGroups.com Website providing lists and links to free online support groups and resources within a wide range of conditions.  

Veterans Resources No matter when, where, or how you served, or what you’ve experienced in military or civilian life, you may be facing challenges that affect your health, relationships, and life. Whether your military role ended two decades ago or two days ago, you share with Veterans everywhere the common bonds of duty, honor, and service to our nation. Every day, Veterans connect with resources and support to manage and confront the issues they may have and find solutions for improving their lives.