As the Bedford community continues to process the tragic event that occurred this past Friday resulting in the untimely death of a Bedford resident, mother, and friend, Bedford Health and Human Services staff want to remind all Bedford residents and families of Bedford Public School students that we are here to assist with access to many mental health and social services.
Please contact our social workers or the support resources listed below for assistance.
- Social Worker support for coping with stress, anxiety, and grief during this time
If you are a resident who is 60 or older please contact Social Worker Danika Castle in the Council on Aging at 781-275-6825.
If you are a resident under the age of 60 you can contact Social Worker Christopher Bang in the Youth and Family Services Department at 781-918-4328.
- Eliot Community Human Services has licensed clinicians available by appointment to all Bedford residents and are trained to address a variety of mental health needs. Please note that Bedford residents do not pay a co-pay for therapy through Eliot and lack of insurance is not a barrier to services. The social workers can connect you to Eliot or you can reach them directly at 978-369-1113.
- Bedford Public Schools Counseling School counselors and social workers are available to connect with students to support their social-emotional needs and help address any questions and feelings of loss or confusion over the recent events. Contact your child’s school directly – Davis: 275-6804, Lane: 275-7606, JGMS: 275-3201, and BHS: 275-1700.
- Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc. (DVSN) provides community advocacy and safety planning for anyone who calls in or is referred for help and support by law enforcement partners. During the COVID-19 pandemic, DVSN clients need support more than ever and DVSN shall continue to provide CONFIDENTIAL support, advocacy, and resources via telephone to the extent possible. For help and support, PLEASE CALL DVSN’s Help Line – 888-399-6111.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE) or thehotline.org provides a 24/7 hotline and online chat line available for survivors of domestic violence, family, or friends to reach out for support.
- Advocates Psychiatric Emergency Service team is always available to offer skilled, compassionate support and connections to resources and services during difficult times. If you are experiencing a mental health or emotional crisis, please call (800) 640-5432 to speak to an Advocates crisis clinician. They are available to help 24 hours a day, every day.
- INTERFACE Referral Service is an outpatient mental health resource and referral Helpline, open Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm, and available to Bedford residents and students of Bedford Public Schools. The Helpline can be reached at 888-244-6843 for resource information and/or outpatient mental health provider referrals from a trained resource and referral counselor.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to either of our Social Workers for assistance in coping with this community loss or other mental health concerns.