Need help?

(Last updated in 2009.)

From time to time people contact us seeking help for psychological problems or trauma, or because they are concerned about the well-being of a loved one. We are not clinical psychologists, and cannot provide counseling or treatment. However, we have compiled a list of local, national, and international health and social service organizations that some people have found helpful. You'll find that many of these organizations have links to other information and resources on their websites.

If you or someone you know is at risk for suicide or violence, call 911 or go to an emergency room. Do not leave a suicidal person alone.

Disclaimer: Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and is provided for general information purposes only; it is not intended to take the place of specific medical advice. Reference in this website to any specific organization or product does not constitute endorsement by Professor Kosslyn or Harvard University. Once you follow a link to another website, you are subject to the privacy policy of the new site.



Boston Area Battered Women's Shelter  1-617-288-1054

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center  1-800-841-8371

Boston/Cambridge/Somerville Emergency Services Program (acute psychiatric intervention) 1-800-981-HELP [4357]
   or call 877-382-1609 and enter your zip code to find other MA providers (see NAMI Massachusetts for more info)

Centers for Disease Control National AIDS Hotline  1-800-342-2437

Daybreak Pregnancy Resource Center  1-617-742-9170

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (MCH)  1-781-595-7570

Massachusetts Substance Abuse Hotline  1-800-327-5050

National Domestic Violence Hotline  1-800-799-SAFE [7233]

National Suicide and Crisis Hotlines  1-800-SUICIDE [1-800-784-2433],  1-800-273-TALK [8255],  TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY [4889]

Reach (domestic violence hotline and support)  1-800-899-4000

Samaritans 24 Hour Helpline  1-877-870-HOPE [4673]

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment  1-800-662-HELP [4357]; TDD: 1-800-487-4889; Español: 1-877-767-8432

    SAMHSA Hotline List


LOCAL (Boston Metro Area) HOSPITALS

Bournewood Hospital  1-800-468-4358 or 1-888-WIL-HELP [945-4357]

Brighton-Allston Mental Health Association  1-617-787-1901

Brookline Mental Health Center  1-617-277-8107 (ask for Intake Coordinator, Anne Donnelly, LICSW)

Cambridge Health Alliance Dept of Psychiatry  1-617-665-1560 (emergency); 1-617-591-6033 (outpatient/non-emergency)

Massachusetts General Hospital Social Service Dept  1-617-726-2000 (main hospital number); 1-617-726-2640 (Social Service Dept)

McLean Hospital  1-800-333-0338 (crisis)

Mt. Auburn Hospital Psychiatry Dept  1-617-499-5054

North Shore Medical Center Psychiatry Dept  1-978-741-1215; 1-978-354-4550 (psychiatric triage)

St. Elizabeth's Medical Center  1-617-789-3000, ask for Psychiatry



Disability Resources (compiled by the Pioneer Library System)

Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence  1-877-785-2020

Multi-service Eating Disorders Association  1-617-558-1881

Massachusetts Violence Prevention and Intervention Services

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Association of Social Workers (therapy referral service: 1-617-720-2828)

National Institute of Mental Health

National Institutes of Health

OutProud, The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth

World Health Organization Mental Health page


Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, by David D. Burns, M.D., (ISBN 0-380-81033-6, [c] 1980 and 1999, published by Avon Books, New York, NY) is a self-help book.


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