Mental Health Resources

Social Emotional Support

School counselors, school adjustment counselors, the nurse and other Bedford High School support staff can provide assistance in finding resources in non-emergency situations. Our adjustment counselors support school based counseling, to learn more please contact your child’s school counselor.

Mental Health Resources for Counseling Referrals and Support
Below is a list of local resources, hotlines, and literature.

Crisis Text Line Get free help now: Text CONNECT to 741741
Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis, connecting people in crisis to trained Crisis Counselors.  Their first priority is helping people move from a hot moment to a cool calm, guiding you to create a plan to stay safe and healthy. YOU = our priority.

The Good Therapist  provides access to mental health services anywhere in the world.

The Social Work Therapy Referral Service (SWTRS) is a free telephone referral service that connects thousands of people with licensed independent clinical social workers (LICSWs) across Massachusetts. The Referral Service includes nearly 300 therapists in private practice, experienced in helping clients of all ages.

Advocates serves as a safety net for people experiencing difficulties in life. The experienced team of counselors and clinicians provides a full range of outpatient services at our locations in Framingham, Marlborough, Harvard, and Waltham. Advocates PES team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They provide personalized support tailored to the needs of children, teens, and adults, always with sensitivity and respect during difficult times – at their offices or in your home, school, and other community locations.

Riverside Trauma Center is a service of Riverside Community Care, provides critical incident services to communities, schools, health and human services providers, organizations, government agencies, workplaces, and individuals in many areas of Massachusetts. Their team is composed of highly-trained, licensed mental health professionals who have expertise in managing acute trauma, sudden or violent death, traumatic grief, and other highly stressful events.

Parenting Hotline 
Parents Helping Parents of Massachusetts   617-926-5008 

The Children’s Room offers hope and healing to children and teens ages 3½ to 18 who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. They also provide opportunities for parents and caregivers to meet with each other and talk about their own experiences parenting a grieving child, and to give and receive support around their own grief.

The National Institute of Mental Health provides general mental health information

Samaritans Hope a statewide helpline for suicide prevention. Call 24/7, Text 3pm - 11pm, 1-877-870-4673

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers the opportunity to speak to a counselor at the crisis center 24/7, 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

MA Substance Abuse & Education Helpline provides free and anonymous access to information and resources in Massachusetts, 1-800-327-5050

GLBTQ National Help Center - free and confidential peer support, information and resources serving LGBTQ 1-800-340-4528

Boston Alliance for LGBT Youth - Youth led, adult supported social support organization serving the LGBTQ youth community

Multiservice Eating Disorder Association - offers support services for individuals or families recovering from eating disorders 617-558-1881


Blaney, Sue. Please stop the rollercoaster! Changeworks Publishing. Acton, MA (2002)

Burns, David D, Feeling Good- The New Mood Therapy Penguin Press New York (2008)

Burns, David D, The Feeling Good Handbook, Penguin Press, New York (1999)

Feinstein, Sheryl G. Secrets of the Teenage Brain: Research-based strategies for reaching and teaching today’s adolescents, 2nd ed. Corwin: Thousand Oaks, California.  (2009).

Goleman, Daniel. Emotional intelligence. Bantam Publishing: New York. (1995).

Hallowell, Edward. Connect 12: 12 vital ties that open your heart, lengthen your life, and deepen your soul. Simon and Shuster: New York. (1999).

Hill, Kevin P., M.D. Marijuana: the unbiased truth about the world’s most popular weed. Hazeldon: Center City, Minnesota. (2015)

Kindlon, Michael and Thompson, Michael. Raising Cain: protecting the emotional life of boys. Ballantine Books: New York (1999).

McMahon, Tom. Teen tips: a practical survival guide for parents with kids 11- 19. Pocket Books: New York (1996).

NYT article on teen anxiety (2017):

Pipher, Mary. Reviving Ophelia: saving the selves of adolescent girls. Ballantine Books: New York. (1994).

Pollock, William. Real boys. Henry Holt and Co.: NY, NY. (1998).

Rao, Anthony. The Way of Boys. Promoting the Social and Emotional Development of Young Boys. William Morrow: (a division of HarperCollins), New York (2009).

Sachs, Brad E., Ph.D. The good enough teen: raising adolescents with love and acceptance (despite how impossible they can be). HarperCollins, New York. (2005).

Siegler, Ava L. The essential guide to the new adolescence: how to raise an emotionally healthy teenager. Plume books/Penguin: New York. (1998).

Tatum, Beverly D. "Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?" And other conversations about race. Basic Books: New York. (1997).

Wolf, Anthony. Get out of my life but first could you drive me and Cheryl to the mall? A parent's guide to the new teenager. Farrar, Straus and Giroux: New York. (1991).

Walsh, David.  Why Do They Act That Way? A survival guide to the adolescent brain for you and your teen. Free Press: New York. (2004).


Managing a Mental Health Condition in College - click here for link 

Making Caring Common - Turning the Tide Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good Through College Admissions

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