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Compassionate Therapy for Teens and Young Adults

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Erika Stewart Wheelhouse (She/Her)

Clinician and Managing Director


Erika is an experienced mental health provider and advocate, as well as an award winning writer and researcher.

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We serve and support our LGBTQ+ clients with inclusive, compassionate treatment and gender-affirming care

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Crisis Hotline in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, if you or a loved-one is experiencing a mental health or substance use disorder crisis, the Behavioral Health Help Line (BHHL) is available 24/7/365.

For immediate help.

Call or Text: 833-773-2445

BHHL website with general information:
Behavioral Health Help Line



Being a Human is challenging

An adult caring for little humans faces an added layer of challenges - that’s why Strive Family Resources offers accurate, timely, and relevant information to help you better understand yourself and your family.




Beyond the Golden Rule: A parent's guide to preventing and responding to prejudice Handout/booklet by Teaching Tolerance, a project of the [Southern Poverty Law Center](https:// How to help and guide kids in their understanding of racial bias and discrimination.

Podcast by Jasmine Bradshaw: First Name Basis. A brilliant podcast episode defining “Privilege” and how those with it can use it to fight racism at the personal and system levels. 

Conversations for families about race and anti-bias from Anti-Defamation League


LGBTQ Youth face particularly difficult mental health issues during that can be exacerbated during the COVID-19 crisis. The Trevor Project published their White Paper on April 2020 outlining the immediate concerns. The Trevor Project: Implications of COVID-19 for LGBTQ Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention


Being gentle with yourself can be a challenge in the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic. Practicing self-compassion, the act of comforting and gently caring for yourself when experiencing uncomfortable or painful emotions. Dr. Kristen Neff has done extensive research on how self-compassion can positively impact psychological well-being.

Self Compassion exercises by Dr. Kristin Neff On


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255 -- 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Samaritans Confidential Hotline: To talk or Text 24/7 877-870-4673
Available if you just need to talk, even when not in a crisis or seeking mental health support

Crisis Text Line Text: CONNECT to 741741

Games and Online Harassment Hotline Text “SUPPORT” to 23368 to get started

National Sexual Assault Hotline - RAINN 800-656-HOPE (4673)

National Human Trafficking Hotline 888-373-7888 (TTY:711) or text 233733. In the US Call 911 if you are in immediate danger.

The Trevor Project 24/7 helplines:

TrevorLifeline 1-866-488-7386
Or visit their online
Get Help Now page with information on text and chatlines with counselors available 24/7.

Other Resources - Information and Support

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) A non-profit, grassroots organization focused on advocacy, education, and support for individuals and families living with mentai illness. They seek to improve the quality of life for those impacted by mental health challenges.

NAMI On-line Knowledge Center

The NAMI Helpline can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET. 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

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The Strive Family Resources (“Strive”) website provides general information about mental health resources. The website is intended for use by individuals (non-professionals) for non-commercial, personal purposes.

The information and resources on this website are intended to help individuals better understand the U.S. health care system, health services research and medical effectiveness, and diagnosed conditions, but not to provide specific medical or mental health advice. Individuals are urged to consult with their own qualified health care providers for all diagnosis and treatment, and for answers to personal health care questions.

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