Mental Health Resources for Youth
in Greater Boston
This resource list includes organizations in Greater Boston that directly support youth, organizations that advocate for youth mental health, and online educational resources on mental health for youth, teens, students, and parents.
CENTRE FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION: AFTER A STUDENT SUICIDE
A suicide in a school community is devastating to staff, students, and families. Some individuals may be unable to cope and the community as a whole may struggle with how to respond. In a state of shock, school administrators may be uncertain of what steps to take. This toolkit provides practical information to schools for after a student has died by suicide.
student, professionals, education, suicide postvention
BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS
Bridge Over Troubled Waters provides effective and innovative services to runaway, homeless and high-risk youth, helps youth avoid a lifetime of dependency on social services, guides youth towards self-sufficiency, and enables youth to transform their lives and build fulfilling, meaningful futures.
teens, Greater Boston, homeless, support
YOUTH ON FIRE
Youth on Fire (YOF), a program of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, is a drop-in center for homeless and street-involved youth, ages 14-24, located in Harvard Square, Cambridge.
homeless, youth, Greater Boston, drop-in
PARENT/PROFESSIONAL ADVOCACY LEAGUE (PPAL)
Parent/Professional Advocacy League is a statewide, grassroots family organization that advocates for improved access to mental health services for children, youth and their families. PPAL’s goals are to support families, nurture parent leaders and work for systems change. PPAL is the only Massachusetts organization whose work focuses solely on the interests of families whose children have mental health needs.
advocacy, parents, professionals
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT
The Youth Mental Health Project is a grassroots nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, empower, and support families and communities to better understand and care for the mental health of our youth. The Project has online educational resources, The Parent Support Network, and hosts events and film screenings.
national, support, parents, youth
LOVE IS RESPECT
A project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, love is respect offers 24/7 information, support, and advocacy to young people between the ages of 13 and 26 who have questions or concerns about their romantic relationships. We also provide support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, and other service providers through the same free and confidential services via phone, text, and live chat.
We aim to be a safe and inclusive space for young people to access help and information in a setting specifically for them. We provide comprehensive education through resources including quizzes, interactive pages, and testimonials, as well as training, toolkits, and curriculum for educators, peers, and parents to promote healthy relationships and prevent future abuse
teens, relationships, hotline, education
Handhold was created by a team of mental health and child development experts in partnership with parents who have gone through what you are going through. Our goal? To guide you in caring for your child’s mental health and emotional well-being. Family partners and parents of kids with similar experiences to yours told us what they wished they had known earlier in their journey. Mental health experts, including child psychiatrists, social workers, and psychologists, selected the most relevant and useful resources.
We encourage you to start by answering the four questions under “How Much Should I Worry?” to explore your concerns. Whatever steps you decide to take, we offer a variety of tips, tools, and resources to help you take them with confidence.
We know you love your child more than anything. You’re doing the right thing for them by starting here.
parents, resources, youth
TEENHELP.COM MENTAL HEALTH
TeenHelp.com was developed for parents of teens as well as teens going through common adolescent development issues. We have a team of article writers and editors across the U.S. We have strict policies about the content allowed on our site. Sources will always be cited where needed. Our goal is to educate and bring awareness to parents and teens on these various issues. The service is not meant to be a replacement for professional advice. Always check with your health care provider or local therapist for family specific advice.
teens, education, parents
OK2TALK (by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)) is a community where teens and young adults struggling with mental health conditions can find a safe place to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Anyone can add their voice by sharing stories, poems, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support in a safe, moderated space. We hope this is the first step towards helping you get the support you need to feel better.
teens, community, support
FAMILIES FOR DEPRESSION AWARENESS
Families for Depression Awareness provides educational resources, trainings for families impacted by depression or bipolar disorder, mental health screenings, and care consultations. Consultations provide clients and their families with guidance and help finding appropriate clinics and treatment programs.
PARENTAL STRESS LINE
The Parental Stress Line is a confidential 24/7 helpline for parents and caregivers who are looking for support. The helpline provides parents with counseling, information, and referral to community services.
PARENTS HELPING PARENTS
Parents Helping Parents facilitates support groups for caregivers and parents throughout the state. The support groups increase awareness of how parents' emotions affect their behavior and encourage parents to develop shared parenting suggestions.