Stress Management

Stress is the feeling we experience when our bodies respond to difficult situations—whether that means running from a grizzly bear or studying for a final exam. A series of physical changes occur (e.g. increased heart and breathing rate) to prepare our bodies to deal with the pressure. In mild amounts, stress can actually be helpful, keeping us alert and attentive. Unfortunately, many children and adolescents experience too much ongoing stress, which can wear the body down and lead to a number of health problems, including weakened immune system, headaches and stomachaches, allergies, insomnia, and mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

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Resource Organizations » Stress

12 listing(s), including 2 with hotlines and 1 offering support groups

In Massachusetts

Organizations with hotlines

Center for Effective Child Therapy at Judge Baker
53 Parker Hill Avenue
Roxbury, MA  02120
Child at-risk hotline: 617-232-4882
Founded in 1917, Judge Baker Children's Center is a Harvard Medical School affiliate dedicated to improving the lives of children whose mental health problems threaten to limit their potential. Integrating education, service, research, and training, the Center is the oldest child mental health organization in New England and a national leader in the field of children's mental health.

Parents Helping Parents and Parental Stress Line
Offers support group(s)
108 Water Street
Watertown, MA  02472
Parents Helping Parents: 617-926-5008
Parental Stress Line: 800-632-8188
Fax: 617-926-5011
Parents Helping Parents' (PHP) mission is to promote and support healthy parent/child relationships and break the cycle of child abuse through peer-led, professionally facilitated mutual help groups, providing a nurturing, non-judgmental environment in which to improve family relationships. PHP also offers a 24/7 Parental Stress Line that is free and confidential for parents looking for support and guidance. Parent Support Groups serve as a safe place for parents to express frustrations and concerns about their children and families and get advice from other parents.

Organizations without hotlines

Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA  01655
The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is dedicated to furthering the practice and integration of mindfulness in the lives of individuals, institutions, and in society through a wide range of clinical, research, education, and outreach initiatives in the public and private sector. The Center for Mindfulness is an innovative leader in mind-body medicine and mindfulness-based treatment and research investigations, pioneering the integration of meditation and mindfulness into mainstream medicine and health care. The Stress Reduction Program continues to expand its influence worldwide with hundreds of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) clinics and free-standing programs attracting tens of thousands of people on five continents.


E-couch is an Australian self-help interactive program with modules for depression, generalized anxiety & worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss & grief.
It provides evidence-based information and teaches strategies drawn from cognitive, behavioral and interpersonal therapies as well as relaxation and physical activity.

Mood Gym

MoodGYM is an Australian website with an interactive program designed to help you:
* Identify whether you are having problems with emotions like anxiety and depression,
* Learn skills that can help you cope with these emotions.
MoodGYM is based on two programs which are successful in preventing and treating depression and anxiety. These are: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy.
MoodGYM is designed to be used by people who would like to prevent mental health problems or manage problems which are troubling but not incapacitating. MoodGYM is not specifically designed for use by people with clinical levels of depression or anxiety. MoodGYM suggests that those with depression scores above 2-3 seek contact with a health professional.

Needham Health Department

(Needham only )
1471 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA  02492
Phone: 781-455-7500 x 511
Fax: 781-455-0892
The Needham Health Department offers a range of mental health services for citizens of the town. Public Health Nurses provide confidential counseling and referrals to all ages. Short-term home-based services for at-risk teenagers and their families are provided through Riverside Community Care's Alternative Youth Services program. The program includes family counseling, advocacy, information, and referral. Call the Health Department for more information on these free services. The town's Substance Abuse Prevention and Education program provides informational programs, educational resources, and confidential substance abuse support services for Needham youth, adults, and seniors. Contact Carol Read at the Health Department to find out more about inpatient and outpatient treatment, individual and group counseling, and peer support resources regarding substance abuse, addiction and chemical dependency.

Needham Youth Services

(Needham only )
1471 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA  02492
Phone: 781-455-7500
Fax: 781-453-2522
This is a town-funded department which provides professional and confidential mental health services to youth and their families in Needham. It offers support, information, and direction on issues such as peer relationships, stress, grief and loss, substance use, suicide, and other concerns. Most services are free of charge. The department collaborates regularly with civic and community organizations on a variety of projects.

One University Avenue
Lowell, MA  01854
This website is designed to help employers and employee health program planners understand how to reduce workplace stressors. In workplaces where job-related stress is common, this is a vital component of employee health promotion and health protection programs. This website is focused on reducing exposure to stressors in the workplace, not on stress reduction strategies for individual workers.

Outside Massachusetts

American Institute of Stress
9112 Camp Bowie West Blvd. #228
Fort Worth, TX  76116
Phone: 682-239-6823
The American Institute of Stress is a non-profit organization that serves as a clearinghouse for information on all stress-related subjects. The mission of AIS is to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence of stress management in education, research, clinical care and the workplace. Diverse and inclusive, The American Institute of Stress educates medical practitioners, scientists, health care professionals and the public; conducts research; and provides information, training and techniques to prevent human illness related to stress.


AnxietyBC contains a wealth of information to help people learn about and practice effective strategies to manage anxiety on their own, at their own pace. All content is grounded in scientific research and developed by professionals who specialize in helping people with anxiety.

Man Therapy
Denver, CO  80002
Working aged men (25-54 years old) account for the largest number of suicide deaths in Colorado. Part of a multi-agency effort, including the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention, Carson J Spencer Foundation and Cactus, Man Therapy is giving men a resource they desperately need. A resource to help them understand the realities of suicide and mental health, in the hopes of helping put a stop to the suicide deaths of so many of our men. This interactive website featuring "Dr. Rich Mahogany" provides psychoeducational information geared towards men about stress, anger, depression, substance abuse and suicide, as well as tools to manage these concerns. It also includes an "18 point head inspection" where men can take a survey about how they are coping, and there is a provider search screen with options from groups and active activities to lists of professional counselors.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Rockville, MD  20857
Phone: 877-726-4727
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Resilience and Stress Management Resource Collection can be utilized during any situation, whether it is dealing with financial stress, recovering from a natural disaster, or coping with the loss of a family member or friend. The collection provides a knowledge base for understanding the concept of resilience, as well as the concept of stress and stress management. It emphasizes stress management as a promoter of resilience and the importance of fostering resilience to be psychologically prepared when stressful life events occur.

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Disclaimer: Material on the William James INTERFACE Referral Service website is intended as general information. It is not a recommendation for treatment, nor should it be considered medical or mental health advice. The William James INTERFACE Referral Service urges families to discuss all information and questions related to medical or mental health care with a health care professional.