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About the NAMI HelpLine

The NAMI HelpLine is a free service that provides information, referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. A well-trained and knowledgeable team of volunteers, interns and HelpLine staff will respond to your call or message. Many staff members and volunteers live with a mental health condition or provide care and support to a family member or friend. The HelpLine also has volunteer attorneys and legal interns who provide legal expertise or a referral to an attorney in your community.

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Violent tragedies leave traumatic impressions not only in the communities in which they occur (including first responders), but also our national community. The immediate impact may affect existing mental health conditions or contribute to ones in the future.

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Public Policy

Public policy makes a difference in the lives of both the people living with mental health conditions and the people in their lives. Changes in policy can mean better outcomes. Our advocacy efforts have led to many victories. But we still have work to do, and we need your help. Learn about mental health advocacy. Talk to your neighbors, friends and family about why these issues are important. Find out how you can get involved with your local NAMI's advocacy efforts.

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Take Action on Advocacy Issues

Policy change is one major way we can make a difference in the lives of people living with mental health conditions and their families. NAMI’s legislative and public policy priority is to support Americans affected by mental illness’ opportunities to build better lives. NAMI advocates for an array of issues.

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Awareness Events

Millions of American’s lives are impacted daily by mental health conditions. As a way to show support for these people NAMI participates in several annual mental health awareness events.

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Law Enforcement and Mental Health

Each year, 2 million jail bookings involve a person with mental illness. Approximately 15% of men and 30% of women in local jails have a serious mental illness. 1 in 4 people killed in officer-involved shootings has a serious mental illness. Since 1988, NAMI and our national network of local and state organizations have partnered with law enforcement agencies on Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs, which help law enforcement cope with these difficult calls for service and increase safety in these situations—for officers, individuals in crisis and bystanders.

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What Can I Do?

Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger. Raising awareness on your own, as part of a small group or part of your community can make a difference.

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 Share Your Story
 Sharing your story about your personal experience with mental health challenges is a great way to encourage others to talk about what they’re experiencing. When more people share stories of recovery, struggle or hope, it lets all of us know that we're not alone.Add your voice by sharing creative content such as stories, messages, poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos and song lyrics in a safe, moderated space. You can even upload your photo in You Are Not Alone. OK2Talk is geared toward teens and younger adults and is a great way to share your feelings.

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Understanding mental health isn't only about being able to identify symptoms and having a name for these conditions. There is a complicated system involving local communities, the federal government, research institutions, private companies and other pieces that are all trying to fit together. Each piece contributes to our understanding of mental health—if one is missing, the picture isn't complete.

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How do you cope with depressionDepression Survival Guide>> Read more  by Larry Godwin/Feb 10, 2016

Research

Research is vital to advancing our understanding of mental health and—one day—finding a cure for mental health conditions. Research is the ultimate source of hope for people in recovery and their families.

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SAY ANYTHING

It's time we talk about mental health. Share what's on your mind.

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Share your feelings. You are not alone.

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Videos

Browse our video archive of inspirational stories, PSAs, educational shorts and more.

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NAMI-Massachusetts

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NAMI-Mass Compass Helpline: 617-704-NAMI (6264) or 800-370-9085,  M - F 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Click here:  Know your discharge rights from a psychiatric facility in Massachusetts.

Legal support from NAMI Mass: Legal Questions

Free, anonymous online mental health screening from NAMI Massachusetts.

 

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National Child Traumatic Stress Network Mission:

To raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States. Through linkages to experts, consultation on training and implementation initiatives, and training resources on child trauma, the Training and Implementation Program at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress guides professionals, agencies, and systems to increase their capacity to treat children and families affected by trauma. Click the link to find help for natural disasters, terrorism and mass violence resources.  READ MORE>>

 

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Anosognosia: Impaired awareness of illness:  By Dr. E. Fuller Torrey

Mass Legal Services

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Massachusetts Court System Caregiver

Authorization Affidavit

Education and Health Care Form

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Emergency Services:

Statewide Emergency Service Programs (ESP) 

Service Providers in Western Massachusetts (Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties):

Click here to see statewide ESP providers list.

 

Baystate Health Behavioral Health Services

Baystate Noble Hospital Psychiatric Services, In-Patient Fowler Wing and Partial Hospitilization Program

Baystate Wing Hospital Behavioral Health (has geriatric unit)

Behavioral Health Network  

Carson Center

Center for Human Development

CHD also offers primary care services for its clients in partnership with Caring Health Center and Holyoke Health Center at CHD’s State Street and Appleton Street Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinics. Services include regular care with a primary care provider as well as access to enhanced wellness programming. Click here for details.

Clinical & Support Options Inc.

Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Cutchins Programs for Children & Families

Farren Care Center at Mercy Medical Center

Gould Farm 

Holyoke Medical Center

Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership

Mental Health Association

Mercy Behavioral Health Care

Parent Professional Advocacy League in MA (PPAL) (visit the PPAL blog here)

Social Security - Medicare

ServiceNet

Windhorse Integrative Mental Health

 

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Active Minds

American College Health Association

Baystate Health Sciences Library is a resource library for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. They serve the needs of Western Massachusetts , provide materials ,and assist with searching for health information. All information provided should be considered for informational purposes only, not construed as medical advice or opinion. You can e-mail inquires to library@baystatehealth.org, or call (413) 794-1862. 

Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts

BringChange2Mind

College Research Network Mental Health Scholarships

Disaster Distress Help Line

Family Ties of Massachusetts

Federation for Children with Special Needs

Incidence of Mass Violence Information

EOHHS / Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative

Children's Mental Health Campaign

Community Legal Aid

The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives

The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing public awareness about the progress and promise of brain research and to disseminating information on the brain in an understandable and accessible fashion.

Department of Mental Health (Massachusetts)  

Department of Veteran Affairs 

ECT Treatment: "A Light in the Darkness"

a non-profit group educating people about the effectiveness of Electro-Convulsive Therapy (or ECT) in helping individuals with depression. We include patients helped by ECT, family members and friends who have seen the benefits of ECT, and doctors who recognize the effectiveness of ECT.

Forum House

G.L.A.D. Legal Advocates and Defenders for the LGBTQ Community

GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network

Download your own Safe Space Stickers, (Compatable with Avery Label 5153) Click Here

Green River House

HelpGuide.org

Help Yourself/Help Others: Individuals can find a local mental health screening site or take an online screening by clicking here.

Hope Center

John Paul Derryberry: “Share Emotions, Emotions Matter,”

Lighthouse

Lives in the Balance is the non-profit organization founded by child psychologist Dr. Ross Greene, originator of the empirically supported Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach and New York Times bestselling author of the influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost and Found, and Raising Human Beings.

Massachusetts Assisted Living: Resources for Assisted Living for Senors Ages 55+

Helplines/Warmlines:

What is a Warmline? As opposed to a crisis line where a clinician answers the phone and focuses on helping the caller determine whether or not they need additional services like respite or the hospital, a warm line is answered by an individual with lived experience who is available for support, resources information or just to talk. These line are usually available after hours and on the weekends.

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Massachusetts:

Edinburg Center Warmline (based in Quincy, MA)
800-243-5836
Monday - Friday: 5p.m. - 10p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 4p.m. - 9p.m.
 
Peer Support Line: (based in Boston, MA) 887-7337563 4p.m. to 8p.m., 7 days a week
 
Pioneer Valley Warm Line: 413-747-8658
Wednesday through Sunday from 6p.m. to midnight. (Operated through the Behavioral Health Network in Springfield, MA. Accepts collect calls).
 
 
Cincinnati Warmline: (based in Ohio) 513-931-9276 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. 513-931-9276

Samaritans': The mission of The Samaritans is to reduce the risk of suicide in the community by befriending individuals in despair and crisis, and by providing outreach and education. Samaritans statewide toll - free  877-870-4673

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Samariteens:

Seacoast Warmline: (based in New York) 800-809-6262
9a.m. to 5p.m. Monday through Friday
5p.m. to 10p.m., 7 days a week

WARMLINE: Monday thru Friday 5p.m. to 10p.m. 888-828-9905

Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community Warmline: 413-539-5941 / No hours listed

Worried about the way your child is acting or feeling? The Children's Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) is an interagency initiative of the Commonwealth's Executive Office of Health and Human Services whose mission is to strengthen, expand and integrate Massachusetts state services into a comprehensive, community-based system of care, to ensure that families and their children with significant behavioral, emotional and mental health needs obtain the services necessary for success in home, school and community.

MassHealth CBHI: Children's Behavior Health Initiative

Mental Health Channel

 

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(MHARN) The Mental Health Agency Research Network

is a statewide network of knowledge sharing through dissemenation, engagement, and collaboration among academics, community providers, mental health service users and family members.

(MHE & YOU) Mental Health Experienced & Years of Understanding -  Is the SPARC consumer advisory council. SPARC members advise and make recommendations on research, training and technical assistance activities conducted by the SPARC and are actively engaged in disseminating research findings.

(SPARC) Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center

In collaboration with DMH and its academic and community partners, the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC) provides state-of-the-art and recovery-informed research, training, and systemic interventions to enhance the mental and behavioral health of all citizens in Massachusetts and beyond, and to guide leaders in the development of enlightened public health policies that support the treatment and prevention of mental illness and addiction across the life span.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Institute of Mental Health Information on Bipolar Disorder

National Institute of Mental Health Information on Schizophrenia

Planning for Life After Special Education in Massachusetts: A Transition Services Online Manual

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Hearing Voices of Support is an initiative to promote acceptance, support, hope, and recovery for people living with schizophrenia and related brain disorders. See and hear how hearing voices of support have helped these people affected with schizophrenia and related brain disorders. Share your voice of support through uploading videos, leaving posts and sharing content to build the bridge that connects those affected with schizophrenia related brain disorders to the wider community. A true labor of love: Enlightening, Informative, and Hopeful Heartfelt stories shared by individuals who have courageously shared their insights, challenges, and dreams.

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Star Light Center

The Transitions Reasearch & Training Center

is a NIDRR-funded Center that aims to improve supports for youth and young adults, ages 14-30, with serious mental health conditions who are trying to successfully complete their schooling and training and move into rewarding work lives. http://www.umassmed.edu/transitionsrtc

Treatment and Research Advancements National Association for Personality Disorder (TARA)

TARA offers a guide for choosing a dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) provider for individuals living with personality disorders. TARA's hotline nmuber is 1-888-482-7272.

 

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Voices4Hope

is a place for teenagers and young adults with mental health conditions to find resources and stigma busting information that can help them to lead happy and independent lives. READ MORE>>

Western Mass. Recovery Learning Community 

Western Massachusetts Legal Services

(WMLS) provides free legal help in non-criminal cases for low-income people and elders who live in western Massachusetts. The assistance provided ranges from legal advice to full representation. If you're looking for a complete list of civil (non-criminal) legal aid programs in Massachusetts, please visit masslegalhelp.org. For links to civil legal aid in other states, try lawhelp.org. 

Young Adult Mental Health Fact Sheet Compendium

 

For additional resources please call 413-786-9139 (Toll Free: 800-295-2121) today.

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