mental health resources

A large part of the FHS School Counseling Department's role is to assist students and families with mental health and social-emotional concerns. 

Many times families ask us for counseling agencies in the area for their students, only later to encounter long waitlists and insurance compatibility issues.  

On this page, you will view community resources available to you and your child! 


Massachusetts recently launched the new Behavioral Health Help Line and established 25 Community Behavioral Health Centers as part of the Roadmap for Behavioral Health Reform. These programs are designed to increase access to mental health and substance treatment and offer insurance-blind behavioral health crisis services to anyone in the state. 

 The state Department of Mental Health also has a Behavioral Health Roadmap Toolkit at with public awareness and informational materials to spread the word about the help line and Community Behavioral Health Centers. 


Learning How to Cope with Life.pdf


Our mission is to reduce the incidence of suicide by alleviating despair, isolation, distress and suicidal feelings among individuals in our community, 24 hours a day; to educate the public about suicide prevention; to help those who have lost a loved one to suicide; and to reduce the stigma associated with suicide. We accomplish this through services that emphasize confidential, nonjudgmental, and compassionate listening.

Text HOME to 741741 

Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis. 


The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.


RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, y in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.


24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse. Contacts to The Hotline can expect highly-trained, expert advocates to offer free, confidential, and compassionate support, crisis intervention information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages.


Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.


NORTH CENTRAL TEAMA mobile, community-based resource for youth in crisis and their families.The YMCI team helps youth and their families during a crisis by providing:AssessmentInterventionStabilizationLinks to Community ResourcesYMCI’s trained professionals will travel to the youth’s home, school, residential program, or other community setting, as well as Emergency Departments at local hospitals, to provide on-site evaluation and crisis intervention services.



This is a free, confidential referral service for Fitchburg residents and other participating communities.  Callers from these participating communities are matched with licensed mental health providers from our extensive database, on average, within 2 weeks of their call to INTERFACE. Each referral best meets the location, insurance, and specialty needs of the caller.   


Handhold was created by a team of mental health and child development experts in partnership with parents who have gone through what you are going through. Our goal? To guide you in caring for your child’s mental health and emotional well-being.
LUK offers Telehealth for some of our services utilizing Zoom, a secure & HIPAA compliant videoconferencing platform. Your LUK staff person will email you a link to a Zoom Telehealth meeting before your session. You must provide your LUK staff with an email address. If you do not have an email address, you can sign up for a free email account at several sites including,, and


Safe Homes North is a program empowering LGBTQIA+ youth and their allies between the ages of 14 and 23 to live their lives to the fullest. We provide a safe location for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and asexual youth to make new connections, ask questions and get helpful resources to support their well-being and personal development. The program partners with Fitchburg State University and is located on the college’s campus