During the Adolescent years, the child you once knew so well, is changing rapidly physically, mentally, and socially. It is very common for parents and teenagers to experience difficulty with understanding each other. Learning more about Adolescent Development, is a great tool to help you with understanding your teenager. Two major characteristics of adolescent development are their focus on social success and their search for identity; Who am I? ; Where do I belong; How do I appear to others? Over-identification with ideals of cliques and crowds; A strong need for approval and appreciation. There are many resources within our communities and environments that can also help us understand these shifting times. Listed below are various resources that may be helpful to your teenager and family.

Emergencies/Crisis /24 Hour Hotline Help

Brockton Multi-Service Center: 508-897-2100 (crisis)

24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 508-897-2000 (main Intake)

Brockton Hospital: 508-941-7000
680 Centre Street Brockton, MA

Caritas Good Samaritan: 508-588-4000 Brockton

South Shore Hospital

Norton Crisis
24 Hour Crisis Hotline

Department of Children and Families (Formerly DSS -Department of Social Services)
Brockton Area Office: 508-894-3700
Fax: 508-559-7695

Parental Stress Hotline 800-632-8188

Womensplace Crisis Center: Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Services

Hotline: 508-588-8255
Toll-free: 888-293-7273

Drug/Alcohol Services

Drug/Alcohol Hotline: 800-327-5050

Alcoholics Anonymous: 617-426-9444

Al-anon/Al-ateen: 508-366-0556

Narcotics Anonymous: 866-624-3578

Local Mental Health Agencies

Whitman Counseling Center
288 Bedford St. (Rt. 18)
Whitman, MA
Ph: 781-447-6425

South Bay Mental Health
Brockton, MA
Ph: 800-244-4691

Brockton, MA
Ph: 800-339-2204

Local Therapists

Leanne Doyle
36 N. Bedford St (Rt. 18)
Forge Pond Professional Bldg.
East Bridgewater, MA
Ph: 339-788-0231

Deborah Jennings
234 West Center St.
West Bridgewater, MA
Ph. 508-583-5588

Susan Schneiders
66 Main Street
North Easton, MA
Ph: 508-238-7766 X 420

Annemarie Meaney
36 N. Bedford St.
Forge Pond Professional Bldg.
East Bridgewater, MA
Ph: 508-361-6154

General Resources

Department of Transitional Assistance
Brockton Area Office: 508-895-7000
Taunton Area Office: 508-823-2571

Mass Health: 800-841-2900

Big Sisters & Big Brothers: 508-588-3460
Old Colony YMCA/Brockton

Helpful Websites American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Click on “Facts for Families” and be provided “concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers and families”. This is a great resource for Adolescent development information. Find a local therapist to match your counseling needs. Included is important information about each clinician such as; what insurances they accept, areas of expertise, types of therapy provided, locations, and phone numbers. Located on the North River Collaborative website is a link to the LAMMPS Mental Health Resource Guide. Listed are several local resources for meeting various areas of need.

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