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40 Force: Mental Help

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – The death of actor and comedian Robin Williams has got people talking about depression and mental health.

But it’s something families struggle with every day. The 40 Force was Thursday to put the discussion front and center.

We had a team of mental health professionals on hand starting at 5 p.m. to take your calls and helping connect you with the resources you need.

We would like to thank our panel of experts for joining us tonight:
Dr. John Hopkins, Psychiatrist – Baystate Medical Center
Dr. Lawrence Peters, Psychiatrist – Baystate Medical Center
Dr. Barry Sarvet, Chief of Child Psychiatry – Baystate Medical Center
Robert Murray & Bridget Kelley – Behavioral Health Network
Shelby Anderson, LMHC – Psych Care Associates, Ludlow
Robert Zucker, LCSW, FT – Author/Grief Therapist, Counseling for the Journey, Holyoke

If you are in need of immediate help, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255

HELPFUL INFORMATION:
Creating a Safety Plan
Risk Factors and Warning Signs of Suicide
American Feder. of Suicide Prevention – Finding Help
Find a Suicide Bereavement Support Group
Finding Support Following a Loss
Behavioral Health Network

Follow-Up Clinics:
Behavioral Health Network – Liberty Street Clinic
417 Liberty Street, Springfield
(413) 736-3668
(On-Site: Crisis services, respite, therapy, and medication providers, day programs)

Behavioral Health Network – Mt. Tom Clinic
(Spanish and English speaking providers available)
235 Maple Street, Holyoke
(413) 532-0389

Gandara Mental Health Center
(Spanish and English speaking providers available)
2155 Main Street, Springfield
(413) 736-0395

Substance Treatment:
The Bureau of Substance Abuse Services has a helpline to help you find residential recovery and other community programs. You can call (800) 327-5050 for more information.

Additional Social Services:
You can call 211 for information on a wide variety of community services, including support groups, housing, legal aid, fuel assistance, etc

The National Alliance of the Mentally Ill has meetings and other activities in western Mass. You can contact (413) 786-9139 for more information

Psychiatric Crisis:
Psychiatric Crisis Services for the Springfield and Holyoke area are available 24 hours a day at (413) 733-6661

Crisis Services of Franklin County and North Quabbin
Franklin County: (413) 774-5411; (800) 562-0112
Athol: (978) 249 – 3141

Crisis Services of Hampshire County
(413) 586-5555

Westfield Crisis
(West Springfield, Agawam, Westfield, Hilltowns)
(413) 568-6386


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