If you someone or someone you know may be feeling suicidal, there is help available. You can call these numbers anytime to talk or find out more info:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. 24 hours. Call to talk.
- Suicide Prevention text line: text 741741.
- Call2Talk – a confidential mental health suicide prevention hotline. 508-532-2255
- Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860 – peer support service www.translifeline.org
- The Trevor Project Lifeline- 1-866-488-7386 www.thetrevorproject.org
Information on what it’s like to call the suicide prevention lifeline: Visit: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.buzzfeednews.com/amphtml/carolinekee/what-happens-when-you-call-suicide-hotline
Suicide Prevention Lifeline website: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention. Visit www.berkshirecoalition.org
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: http://www.afsp.org
American Association of Suicidology
LOCAL YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION
Suicide Prevention groups at Berkshire Health Systems – short term support groups and caring contact for youth ages 10-24 who have come through the emergency department or inpatient hospitalization. Contact BHS.
Brien Center TSP for youth 18+. Contact Sam Utz at Samuel.Utz@briencenter.org or call 413-629-1068.
LOCAL ADULT SUICIDE PREVENTION
Suicide Loss Survivors Support Group – Contact Peggy Morse at 413-441-6316.
Behavioral Health Urgent Care Acute Stabilization for adults ages 18 and over. Contact Dorothy Mack, Director at 413-629-1073.
PEER SUPPORT & WELLNESS GROUPS IN BERKSHIRE COUNTY
Berkshire Trans Group is a peer discussion/empowerment group for people who are trans, non-binary, genderqueer, or gender-questioning. Contact email@example.com.
Chill Zone, Tyler Street Lab, 730 Tyler St., Pittsfield.
Weekly Live Out Loud peer support group for LGBTQIA+ Youth. Contact Emma at 412-448-8281.
Playwright Mentoring Project (PMP) Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. Free theatre program for youth 13-19. Meets weekly October- April. No experience required. Contact Jane O’Leary at 413-239-4PMP or email JOLeary@BarringtonStageCo.org
Rap it Up Music Program at Family Resource Center, West St, Pittsfield. Visit: https://www.berkshirechildren.org
Recovery Learning Center offers several groups including the Alternatives to Suicide (adult group), a Peer Support group and the Hearing Voices group, in Pittsfield. Contact Jean-Marie Laurin at 413-652-4732.
Art therapy with Marney Schorr, offers 6-12 week two hour art therapy groups for adults on topics such as self care, anger, depression, DBT skills. Most groups have a copay of $20-25.
Living In Recovery, 81 Linden St, Pittsfield. Free daily support groups on various recovery topics such as alcohol and substance abuse recovery, meditation, art and more. Walk in, see Facebook or website: www.thegbcmc.org. Or call 413-320-3546 or 413- 281-7407.
Rainbow Seniors Adult LGBTQIA support groups. Visit www.rainbowseniors.org.
FAMILY SUPPORTS/ ALL AGES
Family Resource Center/Berkshire Children & Families offers various groups, events and mentorship for children, youth and families. Visit: https://www.berkshirechildren.org
Elizabeth Freeman Center offers free individual counseling, advocacy, shelter and support groups for survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence and their families, all ages. Open 24 hours. Call 413-499-2425 or 1-866- 401-2425. Walk in at Pittsfield: 43 Francis Avenue. Great Barrington: 168 Main Street, Suite 4. North Adams
For assistance with finding an adolescent clinician in Berkshire County, contact AIRY. We will do our best to help.