Teen Resources • Mental Health & Human Services

Find Help and Support

Mental health is just as important as physical health, and we believe everyone should have access to resources and support to help navigate life challenges and cope with mental health issues. Browse our mental health resources to find one that speaks to you.

Crisis Support

Call 911 for a medical emergency

National Suicide Prevention Hotline:

Available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line:

Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support. Text 741741.

Haven:

24-hour confidential crisis support line staffed by trained advocates: 1-603-994-SAFE (7233). 24-hour accompaniment services to hospital emergency rooms, police stations, Child Advocacy Centers and courts. Referrals and information on safety planning, emergency, temporary and permanent restraining orders. Therapist referrals. Safe shelter for anyone experiencing violence and their children. Support groups for survivors and those impacted by domestic and sexual violence.

The Trevor Project:

A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call to connect with a trained counselor. Call 1-866-488-7386.

Trans Lifeline:

A hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs community members might have. Call 1-877-565-8860.

NH Statewide Addiction Crisis Line: Call 844-711-HELP

Domestic Violence Helpline: 

24/7 help at 1-866-644-3574 or www.nhcadsv.org for free, confidential support

DCYF:

If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, you must call DCYF at 1-800-894-5533. DCYF Central Intake can determine whether DCYF involvement is warranted, or if other community supports are more appropriate.

National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline:

Call 800-656-HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline:

a 24-hour hotline with resources to aid in every child abuse situation. Call 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) for help. All calls are confidential.

General Support

211NH:

Dial 211 to be connected, at no cost, with trained Information and Referral Specialists who can provide them with the health and human service information they need to get help, give help or discover options.

Waypoint Warm Line: 

The Waypoint Family Support Warm Line is a free phone-in service where callers can talk confidentially to a family support professional to get help with everything from coping strategies, child behaviors, family dynamics, household management and emotional distress, to gaining access to tools, resources, and services that can help navigate life during challenging times. Callers may need advice or just a trusted, nonjudgmental ear.” Call 1-800-640-6486 M-F, 8:30-4:30.

Comprehensive Community Agency Resource Network

NAMI NH: 

To connect with resources and supports in the Granite State– Call to leave a confidential message – a NAMI New Hampshire team member will return your call within 48 business hours. (Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm). You can also email info@naminh.org. *Please note: This is not a hotline or a crisis service, but is a phone line for families and individuals affected by mental illness/emotional disorders.

Community Partners:

We are the designated Community Mental Health Center, Developmental Services Provider and Family Support Center for NH region 9. We offer a wide variety of behavioral health and developmental services across the lifespan to individuals and families living in Strafford County. Services provided by CMHCs include: 24-hour Emergency Services, Assessment and Evaluation, Individual and Group Therapy, Case Management, Community Based Rehabilitation Services, Psychiatric Services, and Community Disaster Mental Health Support. All CMHCs have specialized programs for older adults, children, and families. The Community Mental Health Centers also provide services and referrals for short-term counseling and support. Call 1-800-454-0630 (toll free).

Seacoast Mental Health Center:

The mission of Seacoast Mental Health Center is to provide a broad, comprehensive array of high quality, effective and accessible mental health services to residents of the eastern half of Rockingham County. Services provided by CMHCs include: 24-hour Emergency Services, Assessment and Evaluation, Individual and Group Therapy Case Management, Community Based Rehabilitation Services, Psychiatric Services, and Community Disaster Mental Health Support. All CMHCs have specialized programs for older adults, children, and families. The Community Mental Health Centers also provide services and referrals for short-term counseling and support. Portsmouth Office 603-431-6703 // Exeter Office 603-772-2710

NH DCYF:

We all have a collective responsibility to make sure kids are healthy, safe, and thriving – especially during challenging times. Parents and other caregivers are their children’s most important protectors and may need extra support during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to check in with caregivers and children you interact with to ask how they’re doing and what they need. Lending an ear and helping families access available supports can go a long way toward keeping families well.

Community Action Partnership of Strafford County:

Agency that assists community with basic needs including food, education, child care, utilities assistance, transportation, housing, emergency shelter and access to other services. SCAP’s mission is to educate, advocate and assist people in Strafford County to help meet their basic needs and promote self-sufficiency.

Families First Health and Support Center:

Families First provides a broad range of health and family services, regardless of ability to pay.

Podcasts for 2021 Mental Health:

Starting with two that are perfect for teenagers, the list has something for everyone, from great ways to shift the mindset to focusing on the positive, to frank discussions on how others have coped with a huge range of mental health issues.

Addiction Center:

An informational web guide for those who are struggling with substance use disorders and co-occurring behavioral and mental health disorders. Read their sectio“The Importance of Teen Substance Abuse Prevention” to learn more about why and how to prevent teenage substance abuse.

LGBTQ+

Call 911 for a medical emergency

Seacoast Outright: 

Advocacy and Support of LGBTQ youth in the seacoast. Website includes information on youth support groups, youth meetups, one on one check ins, and crisis hotlines.

The LGBT National Help Center:

Open to callers of all ages. Provides peer-counseling, information, and local resources. Call 1-888-843-4564.

Trans Lifeline:

A hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs community members might have. Call 1-877-565-8860.

The Trevor Project:

A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call to connect with a trained counselor. Call 1-866-488-7386.

Food and Nutrition

NH Access Food Map:

UNH Extension worked with the public assistance community to create the New Hampshire Food Access Map, an online platform that enables organizations to offer their services and share their needs with the public.

Food Resource Guide for Strafford County & Central/Eastern Rockingham County:

Information subject to change- last updated August 25, 2020.
WIC: Nutrition support for pregnant women, new mothers, children 0-5. Services remain accessible by telephone only. More info: on the website or 1-800-942-4321.

Food Stamps (SNAP):

Visit the website or call 1-844-275-3447 to assess eligibility and apply.