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

Substance Use

Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline | https://helplinema.org/

1-800-327-5050 | Call M-F 8a-10p, WKND 8a-6p

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.

Learn to Cope | https://www.learn2cope.org/

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.

Suicide

Samaritans Hope | https://samaritanshope.org/

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

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.

Crisis Text Line | https://www.crisistextline.org/

Text HOME to 741741

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.

The Trevor Project | https://www.thetrevorproject.org/

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

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.

Intimate Partner Violence

The Network/La Red | https://tnlr.org/en/

Voice: 617-742-4911 | Toll-Free: 800-832-1901 | Call 24/7

The Network/La Red is a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, SM, polyamorous, and queer communities. The Network/La Red’s hotline provides confidential emotional support, information, referrals, safety planning, and crisis intervention. You don’t have to leave or want to leave your relationship to get support.

Casa Myrna | https://casamyrna.org/

Toll-Free 877-785-2020 | Call 24/7  

Casa Myrna is Boston’s largest provider of domestic violence awareness efforts and of shelter and supportive services to survivors. Domestic violence hotline advocates are multilingual, and all calls to SafeLink are free, confidential and anonymous.

Sexual Health

Y2CONNECT Boston | https://boston.y2connect.org/

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

Leadership and Job Opportunities

Office of Youth Engagement and Employment | https://www.boston.gov/departments/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.

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.