Social & Emotional Support

Check out the 2021 National School Counselors Week video featuring Ms. Runkle!



A message from the School Counselors

Dear SHA Students and Families,

If you or someone you know is in immediate crisis, then please contact 911 and/or the resources listed below.

**Please DO NOT email school counselors for a crisis**

· Behavior Health Network Crisis Connections Team

1- 413-733-6661 BHN crisis provides 24/7 response and stabilization services for individuals of all ages who are experiencing an emotional or behavioral health crisis.

· Suicide Text Line - 741741 - Text the word “HOME” to this number to reach out to a Crisis Counselor 24/7

· Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1-800-273-8255 - The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Take care of eachother,

Ms. Runkle and Ms. Drummer

Online/Phone Resources for Recovery Support, Mental Health and COVID-19


Institute for Health and Recovery continues to accept referrals for behavioral health services.

  • Call the Intake line at 857-285-6264

IHR also has a Pinterest page: Coronavirus and Taking Care of Ourselves" This board is meant to serve as a place where users can learn about how/why a history of smoking, vaping, and substance misuse may increase the risks of COVID-19.

The Mass. Substance Use Helpline continues to offer referrals and general information about SUD, as well as links to resources available during the COVID-19 crisis

Shatterproof has a variety of links regarding addiction and support during COVID-19

National Resources for Immediate Mental Health Support

The national Disaster Distress Helpline is available to anyone experiencing emotional distress related to COVID-19. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to speak to a caring counselor.

If you’re experiencing emotional distress related to COVID-19, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Self-Help Resources

Vibrant Emotional Health’s Safe Space provides interactive coping tools to help users when they need it.

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Your Life Your Voice offers information on a variety of common teen topics. The Tips & Tools page helps you deal with all kinds of issues and challenging situations.

CDC’s Guide to coping with daily life stresses during outbreak

Healthy Eating ideas when stuck at home

Support for Mental Health and Addiction during Stay-at-Home order. Great article with resources, hotlines and virtual meetings.

Online Grief Resources

Rick's Place

Rick’s Place supports children, teens (5-18 yrs.) and their families after a loved one has died. Through facilitated peer support groups, Rick’s Place offers grieving children and their caregivers a safe place to remember their loved ones, honor their memories, and avoid the sense of isolation that such a loss can produce.

Our free grief support groups provide safe and respectful experiences for children and their families to begin to integrate their loss in healthy and meaningful ways and to feel less alone on their grief journey.

Grief in Common focuses on finding someone who you can meet in person via a profile-matching system and other online components. It offers phone consultations on how to move through grief and live chat rooms about losing a parent. Grief in Common’s system focuses on the fact that sharing a loss can be a robust connector for people.

Grief Anonymous follows an in-person meeting model similar to other anonymous support groups and has a vast network of Facebook pages. Connecting on the appropriate Facebook page for others who have lost a parent gives you a place to share.

You can read and respond to others’ posts and you’ll be able to understand that others are moving through this pain as well.

My Grief Angels offers extensive resources, including forums, articles, and a large grief support directory. As you grieve a deceased parent, you may feel you’ve moved to a new country and you don’t understand its customs or language.

The “residents” of My Grief Angels work to create resources that give people a path through this unfamiliar period of your life.

Actively Moving Forward is the young-adult arm of the larger grief support network called HealGrief. This group offers a variety of avenues for sharing and receiving help during your grief journey. Young adults can tap into a Facebook group, a retreat for grieving young adults, and ways to memorialize those lost through kind actions.

One of HealGrief’s most innovative programs is a partnership with a text-messaging service called GriefCoach. These personalized messages go to your support network. They help your network to check in on your hard days, such as a death anniversary, and also offer emotional support.

What’s Your Grief? offers e-courses, podcasts, and articles about grief and loss. The organization is very active on social media and provides a place to connect through YouTube videos and Facebook live streams.