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If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, 988 provides 24/7 connection to confidential support. There is Hope. Just call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org #988Lifeline

BACK TO SCHOOL ANXIETY - How to help kids manage worries and have a successful start to the school year

by: Caroline Miller, Child Mind Institute and Clinical Expert, Rachel Busman, PsyD, ABPP

The start of the new school year is exciting for most kids.  But it also prompts a spike in anxiety: Even kids who are usually pretty easy-going get butterflies, and kids prone to anxiety get clingier and more nervous than usual.  Parents feel the pain, too: Leaving a crying child at preschool isn't anyone's idea of fun.  And having to talk a panicked first grader onto the bus or out of the car at school can be a real test of your diplomatic skills. Click here for full article.

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Falmouth Housing Resource Guide COVER

Finding an affordable home can be challenging, but we hope the tips and resources in this guide can help.  Falmouth residents can call the Human Services Department if help is needed in accessing resources or navigating any of the services in this guide.

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Looking for mental health resources or support? Massachusetts Association for Mental Health (MAMH) launches a multimedia campaign, #JustAsk, to help young adults take control of their mental health by reaching out to friends, families, and resources to provide support.  More information is available at www.mamh.org/justask or call Falmouth Human Services Department at 508-548-0533.

Resources After A Loss or Other Highly Stressful or Traumatic Events

After a loss or other highly stressful or potentially traumatic event people usually experience a wide range of reactions.  For many people, reactions in the immediate aftermath of an event change and shift rapidly.  All of these reactions are normal and to be expected.  Below are links to some helpful resources but please don't hesitate to reach out to Falmouth Human Services Department:  

Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers prepared by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

Going Back to School After a Tragedy: Support and routine are essential for children prepared by the Child Mind Institute

Helping your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting prepared by the American Psychological Association

Tips for Parents on Media Coverage prepared by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network 

Helping Children Cope with Frightening News prepared by the Child Mind Institute

Children & Trauma prepared by Riverside Trauma Center

Talking with Your Children About Traumatic Events prepared by Riverside Trauma Center

Reactions to Highly Stressful or Potentially Traumatic Events prepared by Riverside Trauma Center 

Things to Think About & How to Care for Yourself During Times of Disaster/High Stress prepared by Riverside Trauma Center

Practicing Self-Care After Traumatic Events prepared by Riverside Trauma Center

The 3 R's of Self-Care: Reflection, Regulation, and Relaxation prepared by MindWise Innovations


24 Hour Crisis Response Line: Call 888-851-2451 and ask to speak to a Riverside Trauma Center Manager


24-Hour Domestic Violence Line: Call 800-439-6507 and get connected to Independence House, Inc.


The Samaritans On Cape Cod and the Islands Crisis Line: Call 508-548-8900 or 800-893-9900


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Since 1975 the Town of Falmouth’s Human Services Department has been supporting and empowering Falmouth residents and strengthening the community as a whole through advocacy, broad community participation, and ensuring access to a comprehensive range of community-based health and human services.

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Town of Falmouth FY23 Human Services Funding 

Proposals were sought from interested public or private, state and federally recognized non-profit organizations, agencies, or partnerships to provide projects, programs and services that address unmet human service needs in the community.  The three categories/agencies contracted were: Mental Health Needs $20,000 to Cape Cod Children's Place/Maternal Depression Task Force; Substance Use Related Needs $20,000 to Aids Support Group of Cape Cod; and General Support Services $9,500 to Volunteers in Public Schools (V.I.P.S.).  In addition two categories/agencies were renewed for a third year: Homeless Prevention $20,000 to Housing Assistance Corp. and Outmigration $20,000 to YMCA.  Please see Human Services Committee page for more details.