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Support Resources

Interested in seeking help? The following are support resources available to youth in Boston, by category.

Substance Use

Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline |

The Helpline is the only statewide, public resource for finding substance use treatment and recovery services. Helpline services are free and confidential. Caring, trained Specialists will help you understand the treatment system and your options.

Available 24/7

Learn to Cope |

Learn to Cope is a non-profit support network that offers education, resources, peer support, and hope for parents and family members coping with a loved one addicted to opiates or other drugs.

Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR) |

The Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery works to organize recovering individuals, families, and friends into a collective voice to educate the public on the importance and value of recovering from substance use.


Health Resources in Action-The 84 Movement |

The 84 is a statewide movement of youth fighting tobacco in Massachusetts. Participating youth educate their peers and help to create change locally and statewide to reduce the influence of tobacco within their communities.

Start Your Recovery| provides helpful information for people who are dealing with substance use issues — and their family members, friends, and co-workers, too. We know that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the challenges faced by those who misuse alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs, or other substances, and we aim to break through the clutter to help people at any stage of recovery.

Sexual Health

Planned Parenthood of MA |

Planned parenthood is a non-profit organization that provides information, counseling, and services related to general healthcare, adoption, relationships, and sexual health for both teens and adults.

Mon- Sat 7:30 am-3pm, Closed on Sundays

Y2CONNECT Boston |

A sexual health resource guide for youth in Boston. Search by neighborhood and type of resource.

Sex, Etc. | is a website that provides comprehensive sex ed information to youth across the country in an effort to improve teen sexual health. Sex, Etc. is published by Answer, a national organization that provides unfettered access to comprehensive sexuality education for youth and adults.

Leadership and Job Opportunities

Office of Youth Engagement and Employment |

The City of Boston’s youth engagement resource center.  The office aims to advance the lives of Boston’s youth through employment opportunities, career development training, and youth engagement.

Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) |

The Boston Private Industry Council connects many Boston residents to employment and meaningful opportunities that help change their lives. A team of specialists work together to re-engage disconnected youth, match job seekers with local employers, and assist Boston high school students in internships, summer jobs, and school year jobs exploration efforts.

Main Office: 617-488-1300 | School to career office: 617-488-1350
Mon-Fri 9m-5pm


BAGLY, Inc. |

The Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth is a youth-led, adult supported social support organization. BAGLY is committed to social justice and creating, sustaining, and advocating for programs, policies, and services for the LGBTQ+ youth community.

Mon-Fri 9am -7pm

Justice Resource Institute/Boston GLASS |

The Justice Resource Institute is a non-profit agency that provides clinical, residential, educational, and human services programs and services to many families across Massachusetts. JRI is a leader in social justice and it prides itself in its commitment to excellence in care for all clients regardless of their problem, background, or behavior.

Mon, Tues, Thurs 1pm-8pm Wed 1pm-7pm, Friday 1pm-5pm

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition |

The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition is the only statewide advocacy organization focused solely on transgender, nonbinary, and gender expansive communities. The coalition works to ensure the wellbeing, safety, and lived equity of all their members.

Mon-Fri 8:45 am-5pm

The Addiction Center-LGBTQ And Addiction |

The Addiction Center is an online resource where you can locate rehabilitation centers in various states and connect with treatment providers to get any questions answered.


Court Involved

I Have a Future |

I have a future is a statewide community of youth organizers and allies working together to provide youth jobs and end mass incarceration through transformational leadership, direct public action, and policy change.


Citizens for Juvenile Justice |

Citizens for Juvenile Justice, in partnership with Juvenile Justice Reform Coalition, advocates for comprehensive juvenile justice reforms to promote best practices and better outcomes for children and communities.

Mon- Fri 9am-5pm

Differently Abled

BCIL (Boston Center for Independent Living) |

Boston Center for Independent Living is a non-profit organization that provides services to people with disabilities seeking full integration into society. BCIL accomplishes this by empowering people of all ages to take control over their lives and become active members of the communities they live in.

Mon-Fri 8:45am- 5pm

Our Space Our Place |

Our Space Our Place provides services for blind youth and prepares them for a successful and productive future by promoting their self-confidence, social, and independent living skills.


Easter Seals MA |

Easter Seals Massachusetts provides program and services to youth and adults with disabilities across the state. Their main objective is to ensure that both children and adults with disabilities have equal opportunities to live, learn, work, and play.

Mon-Fri 7:30am-5:30 pm

Homeless / Housing Unstable

YouthConnect |

YouthConnect is an innovative and unique program of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB) that provides violence prevention, intervention, advocacy, and mental health services to young people who are involved in the criminal justice system and their families.


Bridge Over Troubled Waters |

Bridge Over Troubled Waters provides services to run away, homeless, and high-risk youth. In collaboration with the Massachusetts General Hospital, BOTW also provides health care services on the streets of Boston through their volunteer-run, mobile medical van.

Mon- Fri 9 am -5pm

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.

1 Church Street , Cambridge, MA 02138 | 617.661.2508
Mon – Wed, Fri 11 am – 5:45 pm | Thu Appointments Only

Teen Dating & Healthy Relationships

Peer Health Exchange |

Peer Health Exchange’s mission is to empower young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make healthy decisions. We do this by training college students to teach a skills-based health curriculum in under-resourced high schools across the country.

617 752-2085

Start Strong |

Start Strong is an internationally recognized high school peer leadership program that aims to prevent teen dating violence and promote healthy relationships.

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Suicide Prevention

Samaritans Hope |

Samaritans works to prevent suicide and support those who have lost someone to suicide. If you need to talk to someone about how you’re feeling, grieve the loss of a loved one to suicide, or learn how to help others in crisis, you can find support with Samaritans.

877-870-HOPE (4673) | Call or text 24/7

Crisis Text Line |

Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from their secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.

Text HOME to 741741

The Trevor Project |

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now.

1-866-488-7386 | Call 24/7

Different Kinds of Hurt: Isaac’s Story

In this short film developed by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, youth discover that mental and physical health are not so different. Use this toolkit to support conversations about the film with youth.