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. It has a very warm personal tone.
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
for Mental Health website
has both in-person and online screening programs for depression,
bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic
stress disorder, eating disorders, alcohol problems, and suicide
Stop a Suicide, Today is a program of the Suicide
Education and Research Division of Screening for Mental Health.
It 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
The Suicide Prevention Resource
Center has 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. AAS serves as a national clearinghouse
for information on suicide.
The Needham Youth
Commission operates as a mental health resource providing professional
and confidential clinical and programmatic services. We provide
support, information, and direction to youth on issues such as
family, social, peer, stress, loss, alcohol, drug, and other youth-related
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 Needham and surrounding towns.
helpline: 1- 877-870-HOPE 1-800-252-TEEN
Website for the 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.
Web site for the National
Suicide Hotlines 1-800-SUICIDE
(784-2433) and 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
This website explains what to expect when you call a hotline and
how to survive depression.
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
Coping for Survivors
Handbook for Survivors of Suicide by Jeffrey Jackson is
a very helpful and compassionate guide for those grieving the
loss of loved ones to suicide.
The Dougy Center
The National Center for Grieving Children & Families
Provides information and support for children and teens who are
grieving the death a loved one. It also provides a directory of
programs in Massachusetts and other states that help grieving children,
teens and their families. Helping Teens Cope
with Death from
The Dougy Center can also be purchased through Amazon. This
book gives helpful information to parents, teachers, clergy, or
friends to better understand teenagers grief.
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.
Click on About
Suicide & Suicide Prevention. 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, a website for those who
have lost a loved one to suicide, provides peer support.
Health – High School
Site provides information about common problems in high school,
including mental health and a forum for high school students.
Health – College Students
Contains 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. Contains
fact sheets on mental illness and information about starting an
Active Minds Chapter.
Mental Health – Elderly
This website provides information about common problems affecting
seniors, including mental health problems. It also provides
a forum for discussion.
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. This section deals with senior issues and
has a very caring tone.
Click on About Suicide & Suicide Prevention, scroll
down to Suicide & the Elderly
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
Sameem Associates, located in Newton, MA 617-964-1060
Sameen is an outpatient treatment and consultation program treating
the addictions, adolescents, and families.
Adolescent Substance Abuse Program in
Boston offers substance abuse assessment and treatment.