Teenage Substance Abuse Prevention
Preventing teenage drinking and drug abuse can limit the amount of negative consequences facing teens and society as a whole.
Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
Whether you’re a new or expectant parent, a family of color, a sibling, father or grandparent of someone with Down syndrome, if you’re looking to connect with others in your shoes, the MDSC can help. We collaborate with more than 20 local support groups around the state.
These groups offer a safe, supportive environment for caregivers to share stories, concerns and challenges, while gaining tools and resources to help meet the complex needs of their children. Meetings are facilitated by Connecting Parents’ staff – professionals who have personal experience being a caregiver of a child with mental health conditions. Day and evening groups meet weekly for two hours. Meetings are held every week at the following times and locations:
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Art and Activities Room
786 Washington Street
Canton, MA 02021
What We Offer
- This educational website, www.familyaware.org
- Family and Expert Stories
- Trainings for families. Learn about our workshops and upcoming free webinars.
- Advocacy to support families with depression. Visit our Care For Your Mind online community
- Brochures such as Helping Someone Who Is Depressed. Visit our online store.
- Depression Wellness Guides for adults, teens, and for parents of teens and children with depression. Visit our online store.
- Outreach education to associations, schools, police stations, health facilities, religious organizations, employers, and nursing homes
- Care Consultations for Massachusetts families
- Depression and Bipolar Test, an online screening tool
- Mental Health Family Tree tool to help uncover family behaviors that may be associated with bipolar disorder, which often runs in families and can take years to diagnose
NAMI Connection is a free, peer-led support group for people who are concerned about their mental health. Groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who’ve been there. NAMI Connection groups allow you to talk about your experiences in a safe and confidential setting. The groups encourage empathy, productive discussion, and a sense of community. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others.
NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups will help you:
- Find hope and develop relationships
- Find better coping skills
- Help others while helping yourself
- Find strength in sharing experiences
- Work for a better future in a realistic way
- Riverside Trauma Center www.riversidetraumacenter.org
- Teens Health – www.teenshealth.org
- Eating Disorders – www.nationaleatingdisorders.org
- MA Substance Abuse Information & Education Helpline 1-800-327-5050
- Out Metrowest – Outmetrowest.org – LGBTQ organization
- Planned Parenthood – www.plannedparenthood.org
- National Youth Homelessness & Runaway Safeline 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)
- Love is Respect Hotline – teen dating violence/abuse
1-866-331-9474 or Text “loveis” to 22522
- Boston Area Rape Crisis Center 1-800-841-8371
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) call or online chat
- Call2Talk 508-532-2255 or text C2T to 741741
- Advocates-Mental Health Crisis Hotline 800-640-5432
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 800-950-6264 or text NAMI to 741741
- Trevor Project (for LGBTQ Youth) 866-488-7386 (call or text)
- Eliot Community Human Resources 800-988-1111
- Samaritans Suicide Hotline – Teens: 800-252-TEEN (8336) or Adults: 877-870-4673 (Call or Text)
- We provide information, resources, and treatment for people battling addiction and related conditions. https://www.drugrehab.com/guides/parents/