Health and Human Service Hotlines

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Department of Mental Health Cape & Islands Crisis Hotline

Elder Abuse Hotline
1-800-922-2275 (V/TDD)

Child-At-Risk Hotline

Baby Safe Haven Hotline
866-814-SAFE (7233)

Transitional Assistance Fraud Hotline
800-FRAUD-99 (800-372-8399)

Request Emergency Interpreter
800-249-9949 (V/TTY)

Disabled Persons Protection Commission Hotline

Safelink: Domestic Violence Hotline
877-785-2020 - 877-521-2601 (TTY)

Veterans Crisis Line
800-273-8255, Press 1

“What Happened Here” Documentary Screening this Thursday

The Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council and the Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition are proud to co-sponsor this week’s screening of What Happened Here: The Untold Story of Addiction on Cape Cod. This locally produced documentary tells the stories of addicts, families, law enforcement, clinicians, and community leaders who are affected by addiction and recovery on Cape Cod.

Please join us this Thursday, April 16th at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod (307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth) to experience this important documentary and to meet the filmmakers. Doors open at 6 p.m. for reception and light refreshments. The film begins at 6:30 p.m, followed by a Q+A session with filmmakers Sam Tarplin and Nate Robertson.

The event is free, but donations are welcome. A portion of donations will support students in recovery at Cape Cod Community College. For more information, please check out the event flier or visit the What Happened Here website.

Progress on the Mental Health Front Forum

Community members are invited to attend a League of Women Voters forum, Progress on the Mental Health Front, this Saturday, April 18th from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Harwich Community Center. The forum’s goal is to involve the community in recognition, prevention, and recovery. Forum speakers include:

  • Cheryl Bartlett, Cape Cod Healthcare
  • Tim Ryan, FCD Hazelden-Betty Ford
  • Fiona Jensen, Calmer Choice
  • Beth Albert, Barnstable County Department of Human Services
  • Marta Dikke Hansen, Outer Cape Health
  • James Cummings, Barnstable County Sheriff
  • Randy Hunt, 5th Barnstable District State Representative

For further information, contact the League of Women Voters of the Cape Cod Area at 508-432-0763.

New Massachusetts Healthy Aging Report Released

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report: Community Profiles 2015 from Tufts Health Plan Foundation is now available. This resource helps those working in communities better understand the risks facing older adults. This year’s report includes 39 new indicators of health and in-depth data analyses about the health of older citizens in each of the 351 cities and towns of Massachusetts. An infographic highlighting some of the key findings of the report is also available.

To learn more and to explore community profiles for specific towns in Barnstable County, visit the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative website today.

Regional Substance Abuse Council meeting scheduled for April 2, 2015 has been cancelled. Regular meeting schedule will resume on May 7, 2015. 4:00 – 5:30 PM.

“Barnstable This Morning” on Substance Abuse

Beth Albert, Director of the Barnstable County Department of Human Services, and Vaira Harik, Senior Project Manager, appeared on Barnstable This Morning to talk more about the Regional Substance Abuse Council and its recently published report to the community: Analysis of Substance Abuse on Cape Cod.