Posted on 04/03/2020

In spite of the public health crisis, social service agencies are doing their best to continue to provide critical services to those who need them.  Many of these organizations are offering online and phone support as many of their in-person services have been suspended.


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) continues to run support groups via telephone. The number for all meetings is 508-206-8720 and no password is required. For more information, email [email protected] Meetings are Monday (6:30PM), Wednesday (7:30PM) and Saturday (10AM).  You can find information on these critical programs here:


Well Connection is a program available for those who have Blue Cross/Blue Shield Health Insurance. Users can speak live with medical professionals for both medical and psychiatric concerns. Meetings are confidential and secure, and doctors are available 24/7. Users can sign up here:


Eliot Community Human Services offers a variety of services including mental health, children, youth and family services; emergency psychiatric services, homelessness services, and brain injury services.


Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance offers online support groups for these living with depression and bipolar disorder. These groups are peer-led and are available for young adults, friends, and family members. You can find more information here:…/chapte…/online-support-groups/


With many AA and NA groups unable to meet in person, many organizations have begun to hold meetings virtually with apps such as Zoom and GoToMeeting. For more information:


To help support individuals in recovery from substance use disorder, Addiction Policy Forum has partnered with CHESS Health to launch the Connections App, a free smartphone app that is scientifically proven to support patients in recovery by reducing relapse and promoting pro-social engagement.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 for those either in distress or who have a family member or friend who is struggling by calling 1-800-273-8255


Turn 2 Me hosts free online support groups for anxiety, suicidal thoughts, depression, stress management, and general mental health issues


7 Cups has online forums for mental health concerns.  Volunteers are available to speak 24/7 either online or with a licensed therapist.