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Lowell Emergency Services Program provides 24/7, free and confidential support by phone. We exist to help people in...


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Salem Emergency Services Program provides 24/7, free and confidential support and information by phone. We exist to help people...


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Battling to cope with your diagnosis and symptoms? Reach out to a helpline for free support in Massachusetts, United States

The news and reality of a physical illness can have a disruptive impact on your life. You may have trouble doing things that seemed effortless before. You may feel alone, burdensome, or isolated from your friends and family. In Massachusetts, United States there are 3 helplines you can contact for support whenever you feel:

  • Afraid of what the future holds, including the pain you may feel, disabilities or death.
  • Worried about how you’ll look after your family when you are sick, you lose your job, or become disabled.
  • Anxiety, tension, fear, sadness and helplessness about your condition and what the future holds.
  • Afraid about the uncertainty of life and the pain you may feel from your symptoms.
  • Isolated from friends and family due to the physical and mental effects of your condition.
  • Fear that you'll be defined by your medical condition, instead of who you really are.
  • That your medical condition is having a negative impact on your mental health and wellbeing.
  • Fear of future physical discomfort, pain, changes to your routine, and possibly death.

Depending on your illness, personality, age, lifestyle and home support system, there are a range of difficult emotions you may be feeling. Illness can be life-changing, and it is always unexpected.

Facing the challenges of physical illness requires strength that can sometimes only come through support. There are volunteers and counselors in Massachusetts, United States who are waiting to hear your concerns and help you find the emotional strength and resilience within you. Asking for help doesn't mean you're weak – it shows that you are human.


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