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Resources for Parents

Substance Abuse


BMC - Grayken Center for Addiction

Support for parents of children struggling with substance use

Phone & text helpline:  844-319-5999, text HOPEMA to 55753



Massachusetts Dept of Public Health Addiction

Helpline:  800-327-5050


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SAMHSA National Helpline @ 800-662-4357 (English and Spanish)

Substance Abuse Treatment Services near you @


Domestic Violence and Dating Violence


Promising Futures - Promoting Resiliency among children and youth experiencing domestic violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline:  1-800-799-7233

National Dating Abuse Helpline:  1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 77054


Tick and Insect Borne Illness


Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health

Information on preventing disease spread by ticks and insects

Phone: 888-658-2850


Head Injury/Concussion Information


Heads Up Concussion in Youth Sports


Think A-Head

Promoting Brain Injury Awareness





Chronic Health and Disabilities


Does your child have a chronic health condition or disability?

Mass DPH - Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs

617-624-6060 / 800-882-1435 


Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, and Queer Support and Resources


LGBTQ for any person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe & judgement-free place to talk

The TREVOR PROJECT - LGBTQ Crisis hotline call 1-866-488-7386


Support for Parents & Allies of LGBTQ

Greater Boston PFLAG provides 1:1 parent support, group meetings, educational training, speakers, community forums, and more

Phone:  781-891-6966


Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse

Free health promotion materials:  Chronic disease, Infectious disease, injury prevention, Nutrition and physical activity, Parenting, child health, Substance abuse, Tobacco cessation & prevention, and many more topics


Dental Services


Dental Care for children age 1 - 20 eligible for MA Health benefits

City of Gloucester Children’s Dental Center

99 Prospect St., Gloucester, MA 01930




Seizures and Epilepsy


Epilepsy Foundation

Talk with an Information Specialist on our Epilepsy & Seizures 24/7 Helpline at any time by calling:Toll-Free Helpline: 1-800-332-1000  (en Español 1-866-748-8008) Calls are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


Burns and Orthopedic Injuries


Shriners Hospitals for Children - Boston - a world leader in pediatric burn care, research, and education.  617-722-3000


Suicide Helpline


Samariteens: Samariteens is a special part of our befriending service dedicated to assisting teens in despair. This helpline, 800.252.TEEN(8336), is free, confidential and staffed by teenage volunteers who are trained to be compassionate and supportive listeners. Samariteens provides peer support and understanding to those facing the particular challenges of adolescence. It is staffed on weekdays between 3 pm - 9pm and on weekends between 9 am - 9 pm by teens. Outside these hours, the line is answered by adult volunteers.

Grief Support Services: Samaritans offers peer support services to those who have lost a loved one to suicide, including our SafePlace support groups in communities throughout greater Boston and Metrowest, and visits by trained Survivor to Survivor Network Volunteers. Samaritans Grief Support Services provide places to talk, to be silent, to listen, to grieve, and to share.





Food Allergy Research & Education - education on allergies, and emergency care plans




Head Lice


Disaster Preparedness - Plan ahead for disasters.  Every minute counts in a disaster.


Support for Refugee Children and Families


Autism Speaks A guide to resources for youth with autism and their families


Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Assessments & Services

24/7 emergency and mobile psychiatric services for adults and children in acute psychiatric distress

Phone: 978-744-1585

Center of Disease Control - Disease and Condition Fact Sheets

The Diseases and Conditions A-Z index is a subset of the main A-Z list. This secondary list was created to make it easier to find information within a large, popular category. A number of sites within the CDC family of Web sites already have their own self-contained A-Z Indices. In the future, we expect to integrate these indices and develop additional sub-level indices for different components of the CDC family of Web sites.


Poison Emergency

In a Poison Emergency, Call 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911 for an ambulance. Hearing impaired, call 1-888-244-5313.



A Tip Sheet for Parents. BEFORE THE TALK ... Get credible information about e-cigarettes and ... Seeing someone use an e-cigarette in person or in a video


Asthma Information for Parents - National Library of Medicine

Learn to Cope  - A peer-led support network for families dealing with addiction and recovery

Attendance Works - Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school - and themselves.   Getting to school on time, every day is important.  Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college and at work. 

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