Mental Health and Wellness
"When pain is to be born, a little courage helps more than much knowledge, a little human sympathy more than much courage, and the least tincture of the love of God more than all.” C.S. Lewis
The two greatest commandments are to love God and love your neighbors (Matthew 22:36-40). We are called to do what Jesus did, to accompany people and listen to them. We are called to serve all the members of the Body of Christ, by attending to their body, mind, and spirit.
In the 2018 Hope and Healing Pastoral Letter addressing mental illness, the Bishops of California said that all Catholics are “called to provide hope and healing to others”, and in recognizing that every human life is sacred, they should not only “attend to those in our midst who suffer in body or mind” but also work with families, mental health professionals, community organizations and all individuals and institutions engaged in such work. It emphasized those living with mental illness and the families that care for them must not feel isolated and that Christians must “encounter them, accompany them, comfort them and help bear their burdens in solidarity with them — offering our understanding, prayers and tangible and ongoing assistance.”
For additional resources, including articles and podcasts on suicide awareness, anxiety, depression, and addiction, please explore the following webpages from Ave Maria Press:
9-8-8 is the new Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Get rapid, free, trained, and confidential help if you or someone you love is experiencing a mental health crisis.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.
INTERFACE Referral Service is a free and confidential mental service provided to Lynnfield residents by the Town of Lynnfield, in association with William James College. This is not a crisis line.
Eliot Mobile Crisis Team of Beth Israel Lahey Health is available 24/7, 365 days per year for psychiatric emergencies, and covers all of northeastern Massachusetts.
SAMHSA: Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disasters.
Text with a live counselor by texting TalkWithUs to 66746
Samaritans Hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Services are free and anonymous.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders.
Main Page: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml
Child and Adolescent Mental Health: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/child-and-adolescent-mental-health/index.shtml
National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Main Page: https://nami.org/Home
Teens and Young Adults: https://www.nami.org/Your-Journey/Teens-Young-Adults
Teen Mental Health is dedicated to creating and delivering mental health literacy information, research, education and resources to help teens take better care of themselves and live healthy lives.
Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource for veterans in crisis, including veterans no registered with the VA.
1-800-273-8255 and press 1 to talk to someone
Text 838255 to connect with a VA responder
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Dubuque offers resources for taking care of your mental health during this time of COVID-19.
Substance Abuse and Recovery
Archdiocesan Addiction Recovery Pastoral Support Services (AARPSS) is an Archdiocese of Boston ministry that collaborates with various agencies and organizations to educate, prevent, and find treatment options for addiction.
Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline assists people with finding the right level of care.
SMART Recovery is a community where participants help one another recover from addictive behaviors.
WEconnect Recovery provides free daily online support meetings.
In The Rooms is a free weekly online meeting program for those recovering from addiction and related issues.
Allies in Recovery is an online support for families dealing with a loved one's addiction. The program is free for Massachusetts residents.
Al-Anon Family Groups holds electronic meetings for anyone affected by alcoholism, whether they are a family member or a friend.
Sober Grid, funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, is a mobile sober community that gives and receives support.
Bridge Recovery Center is funded by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services and provides peer-to-peer recovery support for anyone 18 years old and older.
For additional mental health and substance abuse resources, Lynnfield residents should visit www.ahealthylynnfield.org.