Resources: Get Connected

SUICIDE PREVENTION

Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention. Visit www.berkshirecoalition.org

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: http://www.afsp.org

American Association of Suicidology
https://www.suicidology.org

Call someone anytime to talk:

  • 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

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.

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 transberkshires@gmail.com.

YOUTH GROUPS

Drop in – Art & Peer Support Group for teens and young adults with Hunter Schrade and Carli Mcgurn. Free, every Monday 5-6:30 pm (except holidays). Pittsfield Library, YA section.

“Art of Healing” Peer Support Group with Amity Lauzon. Saturdays from 12-2 pm. Current series runs until May 25, 2019 at Tyler Street Lab, 730 Tyler St., Pittsfield. Send a text message only to 413-842-6503.

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

ADULT GROUPS

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.

Arts in Recovery for Women is a free art and 12 step women’s group. Meets twice a month on Monday mornings from 10-12. Contact Marney at marn73@hotmail.com.

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

 

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For assistance with finding an adolescent clinician in Berkshire County, contact AIRY. We will do our best to help.