COVID-19 Resources: Mental Health and Support

Hotlines and Emergency Support

Samaritans Talk Support Text Line 24/7

1-877-870-4673


Mental Health Hotline

1-800-273-8255 24 hours


Advocates Psychiatric Emergency Services

Advocates Psychiatric Emergency Services are available virtually. If you are experiencing a mental health or emotional crisis, please call (800) 640-5432 to speak to an Advocates crisis clinician. Service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Youth and Parents

Early Connections/Conexiones Tempranas

Conexiones Tempranas - a program of the Jewish Family and Children's Services - is taking referrals for mental health services for Spanish speaking families with children 0-5 yrs. For more information please call 781-999-3413.


WPS Parent Support Group 

Waltham SEPAC is hosting a Parent Support Group, guided by Katie Willard, a  Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and School Adjustment Counselor. The group will facilitate conversations between parents during this difficult time, focusing on creating a space where parents can share openly regarding their experiences with the COVID pandemic and receive support from their peers.

The group will meet virtually, Thursdays from 7-8pm. If you are interested in joining, email katherinewillard@walthampublicschools.org for more details.


Free Parent Coaching

Jewish Family and Children's Service is offering free parent coaching, particularly for parents of children with disabilities. To receive coaching, simply contact them at drn@jfcsboston.org or 781-693-5640 to set up a phone or video session.


New Parent Support Group

Hosted by Jewish Family and Children's Services. Register for a new parent support group via zoom.


Parent Consultation

Hosted by Jewish Family and Children's Services. If you have a child under three and are experiencing feelings of stress, being overwhelmed, or anxiousness, the JFCS Center for Early Relationship Support is offering free Parent Consultation to help during these difficult times. Their Parent Consultation offers parents the opportunity to explore the unique strengths and struggles in their relationship with their child through collaboration with experts.


Parents Helping Parents

Continuing operations remotely. Parent Support Groups operating via zoom; check the website for upcoming dates and zoom links.

Parental Stress Line, still operating 24/7: 1-800-632-8188


Wayside Youth and Family Support Network

Operating remotely, helping clients using Tele-Health. Contact them at info@waysideyouth.org.

Substance Abuse

Smart Recovery

Online support meetings, Thursdays at 11am on zoom. Information on how to join on their website.

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)

Existing clients: support continuing online or by phone.

New clients: submit a request online or call 617-492-8306. English and Spanish services available.

Hotline:  24/7 1-800-841-8371, and online 9:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. at barcc.org/chat.


REACH Beyond Domestic Violence

Operating remotely. For help, call REACH at 1-800-899-4000.