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

Fall Prevention
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:
www.mass.gov/ago/docs/consumer/savvy-seniors.pdf
www.connectsafely.org/seniors

Legal Resources
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:

Family Caregiver Handbook
Caregiving 101
Caregiver Stress Self-Assessment

 

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 Jon Kabat-Zinn

Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness, by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Helpful Links:

Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work

Positive Thinking: Stop Negative Self-Talk to Reduce Stress

The Science Behind the Smile

10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier, Backed by Science

 

Resources for Teen Depression and Suicide Issues

If you need information and support with Teen Depression and Suicide issues, these resources may help:

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

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.

Elliot Community Help Services

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:

Questions to Ask Mental Health Providers

Teen Depression Fact Sheet

Article 4: The Depressed Child

Getting Help for a Depressed Friend

 

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:

Above The Influence.com - by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign

Metrowest Behavioral Health Center - Free Substance Abuse Treatment for Teens

Addiction Answers - A Part of the Addiction Management Recovery Service - ARMS/MGH

Prevention and Wellness - MA Department of Public Health Resources, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services

Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline

 

 

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