Counseling Resources

Guide to College Mental Health for Students and Parents

The National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Jed Foundation has released a new guide about mental health for students and their parents. Called Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health, the guide is designed to help parents and other family members discuss mental health issues with their children before they leave for college. The guide includes information on prevalence of mental health conditions, warning signs, mental health care on campuses, and health and privacy laws.

Mental Health Resources

Ulifeline: Mental health resources for college students

Find a Therapist: Find detailed professional listings for Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Therapists, Counselors, Support Groups and Treatment Centers in the United States and Canada.

HelpPRO Therapist Finder: Helping people find individual counseling, family counseling, couples counseling and therapy groups

Mass 2-1-1: People can dial 2-1-1 or log on to the website, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to talk to a counselor about available resources such as; food, shelter, rent assistance, counseling, child care, senior services, and much more

Clinical and Support Options, Inc: Clinical and Support Options provides outpatient services to individuals and families who need help dealing with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

Athol Office: 491 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331
Athol Office Phone: 978-249-9926

Gardner Office: 205 School Street, Gardner, MA 01440
Gardner Office Phone: 978-630-9400

Community Health Connections: Community Health Connections provides accessible and affordable healthcare for all ages. Here you will find compassionate staff and a wide range of services to meet your healthcare needs. We offer primary medical care, full-service dental, behavioral health, optometry and pharmacy services. Community Health Connections accepts Mass Health, Health Safety Net, and most commercial health insurance plans. We also help the uninsured enroll in health insurance and offer a Sliding Fee Discount to those who qualify. Offices located in Fitchburg, Leominster, and Gardner, please refer to website for additional information.

Community Health Link: The Outpatient Mental Health Department specializes in services for individuals in Worcester and Worcester County with serious mental illness. Outpatient care might include individual, family or group psychotherapy, psychiatric services, medication management, crisis management or case management.
Bilingual staff who speak Spanish and Vietnamese are available to assist clients. Community Health link, Inc. counseling centers are located in Worcester, Clinton, Fitchburg, Leominster, and feature services for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

Worcester: 508-860-1260
Mental Health Emergencies: 1-800-977-5555 or 1-866-549-2142
If you are in immediate danger, call 911

South Bay Mental Health: South Bay provides a continuum of community-based services to children, adults and families in Massachusetts. South Bay offers Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse counseling, Day Treatment and Partial Hospital Programs and Early Intervention services. This comprehensive range and intensity of services, combined with our community-based approach to treatment, makes South Bay expertly qualified to care for children, adults and families at its Centers, or in the client’s natural environment.

80 Erdman Way
Leominster, MA

Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center, Inc: The Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center provides food pantries, benefits assistance, veteran disability, veteran support groups, specialized information and referral. Provides individual and grou, support and counseling for veterans

268 Central Street
Gardner, MA 01440

Military Mental Health: The White House launched its website featuring “stories of hope and recovery from mental health problems”, intended to instigate a “national dialogue” about mental health and to de-stigmatize mental illness in our culture, encouraging people to “get the help they need.” The website features, among other testimonials, actress Glenn Close’s challenge to “every American family to no longer whisper about mental illness behind closed doors.”

Battered Women’s Resources (BWR)

BWR offers comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and their children throughout North Central Massachusetts. All services are of free of charge and confidential. Many services and materials are available in Spanish and Hmong.

YWCA Central Massachusetts

Collect calls accepted.

877-785-2020Collect calls accepted. Se habla espanol.

Pathways for Change (Formerly Rape Crisis Center)


Substance Abuse/Addiction

Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline: The Helpline is a Massachusetts resource providing free and anonymous information and referral for alcohol and other drug abuse problems and related concerns.  The Helpline is committed to linking consumers with comprehensive, accurate, and current information about treatment and prevention services throughout Massachusetts.  Information on over 600 programs can be accessed through the Helpline website or visitors may call the Helpline, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm to talk with a referral specialist.  Helpline services are anonymous and free. After hours, click here to find treatment. The Helpline is a project of Health Resources in Action, a nonprofit organization committed to health promotion through education and research, and funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.

Helpline: 1-800-327-5050

American Addiction Centers: We take a big picture approach to addiction treatment – by addressing each client as a whole person.  We work to consider how factors such as your lifestyle, environment, health, and co-occurring mental health disorders may play a part in your addiction involving drugs or alcohol. By partnering with you and your loved ones throughout the rehabilitation process, we can prepare you for recovery by customizing a program of research-based addiction therapy, individualized treatment, and aftercare planning designed to anticipate some of the challenges you may encounter. Our treatment doesn’t just focus on the problem of substance use, we use a positive, hopeful approach using your individual strengths, motivation, and desire to make positive changes in your life. Please refer to website for contact information.

AdCare: At AdCare, we understand how difficult seeking treatment can be. For more than forty years, we have helped individuals and families cope with drug and alcohol dependency, changing lives one life at a time. Everyone’s journey to recovery is different, which is why AdCare offers a wide range of treatment options. We take into account your individual needs in order to match you with the most appropriate level, and cost, of care.

LGBTQ Resources

Safe Homes/The Bridge: We are Safe Homes, a program supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people, and their straight allies, between the ages of 14 and 23. The group is led by youth peer leaders, professional staff, and volunteers who offer support, resources, and opportunities for socialization in a safe and nurturing environment. Safe Homes is a program of The Bridge of Central Massachusetts, a human services agency headquartered in Worcester. Safe Homes is one of 52 programs operated by The Bridge and is the only program in the area which provides specialized services to LGBTQ youth.

4 Mann Street
Worcester, MA 01602

Fenway Health: For more than forty years, Fenway Health has been working to make life healthier for the people in our neighborhood, the LGBT community, people living with HIV/AIDS and the broader population. Fenway was founded in 1971 as part of the free clinic movement by students who believed that “health care should be a right, not a privilege.” In its early days, Fenway was a drop-in clinic providing free blood pressure checks and STD screenings. Over the years, Fenway obtained permanent space and incorporated as a freestanding health center with a staff of one volunteer doctor, one nurse and one intake worker. Today, Fenway Health has a budget of more than $90 million, a staff of 500 and a patient population of more than 28,000.
Fenway Health is a Federally Qualified Community Health Center.

1340 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215