The Acton-Boxborough United Way provides information on services to residents in need in several ways:
We are members of Mass 2-1-1, a free information & referral line that connects people with specific community services as well as information on local emergencies.
Residents will find local resources in the ABUW Human Service Directory in both English and Spanish.
The MSPP INTERFACE Referral Service maintains a mental health referral help line Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 617-332-3666 or 888-244-6843x1411. This is a free, confidential referral service for the Acton/Boxborough residents of all ages. Callers are matched with licensed mental health providers that meet their needs including location and insurance. See MSPP INTERFACE at www.msppinterface.org.
Resources for Caregivers
Caregiving Tips, Tools and Resources
Minuteman Senior Services: www.minutemansenior.org
Caregiving MetroWest: www.caregivingmetrowest.org
AARP Care Connection: www.careconnection.aarp.org
Alzheimer’s Association: www.alz.org/care/overview.asp
Family Caregivers Alliance: www.caregiver.org
The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/11/03/health/bracing-for-the-falls-of-an-aging-nation.html
Scams, Fraud, Abuse Prevention
Money Savvy Seniors: How to Avoid Financial Fraud:
Bay State Elder Law: www.baystateelderlaw.com
MetroWest Legal Services provides free civil legal aid income-eligible residents: www.mwlegal.org/work/elder-law
Articles and Resources for Download:
Resources for Mindfulness and Positive Thinking
For Books on These Topics:
The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor
For Elementary Aged Children: The Ripple Effect, by Shawn Achor
Wherever You Go, There You Are, by John Kabal-Zinn
Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness, by John Kabal-Zinn
Resources for Teen Depression and Suicide Issues
If you need information and support with Teen Depression and Suicide issues, these resources may help:
DoSomething.org - Teen-oriented site. See the pages & links on depression, suicide and risk factors.
Mind Your Mind - Canadian site aimed at teens. It includes an interactive toolkit to educate young adults about their mental health.
FamilyAware.org - a site by the national nonprofit, Families for Depression Awareness
Helpguide.org - Expert, trusted resources and toolkits for help with mental and emotional health.
Active Minds - Created for college students, this organization is a strong voice for young adult mental health advocacy nationwide.
Resource Handouts Concerning Teen Depression & Getting Help:
Resources for Emotional Trauma
Are you in need of support and help recovering emotionally from trauma? Local experts highly recommend this link from the American Red Cross: Red Cross - disaster - recovering emotionally
Resources for Substance Abuse and Addiction Issues
If you need information and support with Substance Abuse issues, these additional resources may help:
- Alcohol and Other Drugs: Is Your Teen Using?
- 7 Ways to Protect Your Teen from Alcohol and Other Drugs
- Talking to Your Middle School-Aged Child about Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
- A Quick Guide to Substance Use Services for Young People
- Talk About Addiction Fact Sheet
Contact Us with any issue you or your neighbor may be facing.