Massachusetts Medical Society: Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Resources for Patients

Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Resources for Patients

MHSU Resources for Patients

  • SAMHSA National Helpline
    Call: 1-800-662-4357
    Free, confidential, 24/7, 365 day/year treatment referral and information service (English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

  • 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (formerly the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)
    A dedicated 3-digit number for callers looking for suicidal crisis support or support for emotional distress. Anonymous, free crisis counseling, available 24/7. The previous Lifeline phone numbers will also remain available.
    Call: 1-800-273-8255 for English
    Call: 1-888-628-9454 for Spanish
    Text: SIGNS to 741741

  • Massachusetts 211 Call2Talk
    Text: C2T to 741741
    Call2Talk is a mental health, emotional support, and confidential suicide prevention program run by Mass211, operating 24/7. Call2Talk is a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center and partners with Crisis Text Line to respond to people by text.

  • Samaritans
    Free, confidential, and nonjudgmental suicide prevention services in Greater Boston and MetroWest Massachusetts. Resources for teens, parents, loss survivors, and more.

  • The Trevor Project
    Call: (866) 488-7386
    Text: START to 678-678
    Providing information and support to young LGBTQ+ young people 24/7/365.

  • NAMI Massachusetts National Alliance for Mental Illness Massachusetts
    Compass Helpline: (617) 704-6264 or 1-800-370-9085
    The call line is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. excluding holidays. NAMI Massachusetts is for those diagnosed with a mental illness and their families. This grassroots organization improves awareness and understanding of mental health conditions and offers trainings, education, and resources.

  • The Pandemic and Kids Mental Health
    This free evidence-informed program from BlakeWorks addresses mental health effects on children and adolescents following the pandemic. The program includes 3 videos featuring youth and their parents, with experts providing practical suggestions. There are downloadable print materials as well.

  • Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS)
    The BSAS, through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, oversees prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services for individuals, families, and communities affected by substance addiction in the Commonwealth. The Bureau offers a range of resources, including for the general public, parents, and information on recovery and treatment.


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