Health & Wellness

Salem for All ages promotes the health and well-being of all Salem residents by ensuring equitable access to nutritious foods and a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Check this page regularly for resources and information on topics related to healthy living.


Multiservice Providers for Older Adults:

  1. AgeSpan/Healthy Living Center of Excellence
    Wide range of services including behavioral health, home care, transportation housing; wellness and nutrition programs; referrals
    Phone Number: 800-892-0890

  2. Salem Council on Aging
    Variety of services, including but not limited to: music programs, special events, exercise classes, social services, home-delivered meals, daily hot lunches, and overall support services to ensure that all seniors can maximize the quality of their lives.
    Phone Number: 978-744-0924

  3. Salem YMCA
    A variety of wellness, group and independent exercise programs.
    Phone Number: 978-744-0351

  4. Get Set Up
    Variety of free and paid virtual classes including technology, fitness, finance, health & wellness.

Behavioral Health: 

  1. Artful Life Counseling Center & Studio
    Expressive art therapy; art-based therapy groups; Individual, group, family, and couples counseling.
    Phone Number: 978-548-6288
  2. BayRidge Hospital
    Psychiatric services; mental health counseling; substance abuse counseling.
    Phone: 781-599-9200 / 781-477-6940 (emergency psychiatric services)
  3. Behavioral Health Help Line (BHLL)
    The Behavioral Health Help Line connects individuals and families to the full range of treatment services for mental health and substance use offered in Massachusetts, including outpatient, urgent, and immediate crisis care. The BHHL is available for free to all MA residents 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by phone and text for real-time support, initial clinical assessment, and connection to the right evaluation and treatment.
    Phone: 833-773-2445 (BHHL)
  4. Care Dimensions
    Hospice and palliative care; free online support for caregivers and bereavement.
    Phone: 888-283-1722
  5. Catholic Charities North
    Counseling and mental health support services for all ages and backgrounds. Family Counseling and Guidance Center offers comprehensive care for a range of life challenges. All treatments are provided by master’s level clinicians and supervised by a multidisciplinary team.
    Phone: 978-774-6820
  6. Central Square Therapy Associates
    Services for a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues from psychological and neuropsychological testing to therapy for depression, grief counseling.
    Phone:  781-592-6100
  7. Eliot Community Human Services
    Broad range of adult counseling and psychiatric services; homeless supports; developmental disability and brain injury programming. Discounted/sliding fee schedule available based on family size and income.
    Phone: 781-861-0890 / 800-988-1111 (emergency)
  8. Harborside Counseling
    Psychiatrist, clinical nurse specialists, psychologists, social workers and masters level mental health counselors provide a full range of out-patient mental health services.
    Phone: 978-462-7057
  9. Beth Israel Lahey Health Behavioral Services
    Behavioral health support at home and within the community; telehealth available. Emergency psychiatric services and mobile crisis teams are available 24/7.
    Phone: 978-745-2440
  10. MA Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP)
    Case management and connection to services in the community: transportation; housing, questions between medical appointments, developing and implementing care plans.
    Phone: 800-495-0086
  11. MA Dept of Mental Health (DMH)North Shore Office
    Community-based supports; case management, Adult Community Clinical Services (ACCS), Programs of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT), Respite, Clubhouses, Recovery Learning Communities (RLCs), crisis stabilization units, and homelessness services.
    Phone: 978-744-1585
  12. Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee
    Provides free advice, advocacy, and full representation on issues related to mental health.
    Phone: 617-338-2345
  13. National Institute on Aging/Friendship Line
    Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free Friendship Line is the only accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 years and older.
    Phone: 800-971-0016
  14. North Shore Counseling Center
    Outpatient therapy to individuals, couples, and families; therapy groups for issues such as anxiety and chronic pain management.
    Phone: 978-922-2280
  15. Salem Hospital/Family Resource Center
    Behavioral health education, support and resources. Not required to be a patient.
    Phone: 978-354-2660
  16. Salem Hospital/Senior Psychiatry
    Comprehensive care for older patients experiencing acute psychiatric disorders including early stages of Alzheimer’s.
    Phone: 978-354-2890
  17. SouthBay Community Services
    Adult behavioral health, substance abuse; clinicians will travel to clients
    Phone: 508-521-2200


  1. Salem YMCA
    A variety of wellness, group and independent exercise programs.
    Phone: 978-744-0351
  2. Get Set Up
    Variety of free and paid virtual classes including technology, fitness, finance, health & wellness.


  1. Alzheimer’s Association
    Alzheimer’s care, support, research and advocacy. Toll-free 24/7 helpline.
    Phone: 800-272-3900
  2. Disability Law Center
    Advocacy and referrals for those with disabilities; assistance with health care, public benefits and legal services.
    Phone: 617-723-8455
  3. Disability Resource Center
    Services and supports for those with any type of disability. Provides information and referral for resources and services available on the North Shore.
    Phone: 978-741-0077
  4. Health Care for All
    HelpLine helps those who need help connecting to health coverage. Skilled counselors work to answer health insurance questions, troubleshoot issues with state insurance programs, and make appropriate referrals.
    Phone: 800-272-4232
  5. Health Law Advocates
    Provides pro-bono legal assistance to MA residents experiencing difficulty accessing or paying for health insurance or needed medical services.
    Phone: 617-338-5241
  6. Help for Alzheimer’s Families
    Respite grants for families, information resource, caregiver support, support hotline.
    Phone: 888-572-0827
  7. MassHealth
    Provides health benefits and help paying for them to qualifying children, families, seniors, and people with disabilities living in MA.
    Phone: 800-841-2900 / TTY: 711

Food Assistance:

  1. Catholic Charities North
    Emergency food gift cards, families and individuals. Appointment necessary for first time clients.
    Phone: 978-740-6923
  2. Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA)
    DTA created the Senior Assistance Office (SAO) to help decrease access barriers for older adults. The SAO serves seniors who apply for SNAP benefits using the SNAP application for seniors.
    Phone: 833-712-8027
  3. Haven from Hunger
    Food pantry; community meals
    Phone: 978-531-1530
  4. Lifebridge
    Community meals
    Phone: 978-744-0500
  5. My Brother’s Table
    Community meals; free weekly medical clinic.
    Phone: 781-595-3224
  6. Salem Meet & Eat
    Root provides a free dinner for Salem residents on the 2nd Wed of the month at the Saltonstall School cafeteria.
    Phone: 978-616-7615
  7. Salvation Army
    Food pantry; community meals.
    Phone: 978-744-5181
  8. Jewish Family & Children’s Service
    Provides kosher food, recipes, Jewish holiday and personal care items. First-time clients must complete application process.
    Phone: 781-693-5593
  9. Project Bread
    Food Source Hotline refers callers to emergency resources in their community. Provides services in 160 languages including SNAP assistance, pantry/community meal locations.
    Phone: 800-645-8333
  10. Food for the World
    Food pantry
    Phone: 978-683-9949
  11. North Shore Moving Market
    Monthly food deliveries. Eligibility restrictions: low-income, 66+ and/or disabled.
    Phone: 978-744-2532
  12. The Salem Pantry
    Food pantry, mobile markets, food deliveries.
    Phone: 978-552-3954


  1. Attorney General’s Elder Hotline
    For questions regarding landlord, tenant, and housing issues; also long-term care; identity theft and scams; health insurance.
    Phone: 888-243-5337
  2. Bridgewell
    Housing and homeless services; affordable housing programs and counseling.
    Phone: 781-593-1088
  3. Catholic Charities North
    Homeless prevention, utility and financial assistance. Information and referrals, financial education, and budget counseling also available.
    Phone: 617-464-8071
  4. Common Housing Application for MA Programs (CHAMP)
    Application for state-aided public housing and the Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP).
    Phone: 866-483-6445
  5. Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann
    Service and advocacy center for people with disabilities to support their ability to live independently.
    Phone: 978-741-0077
  6. Lifebridge
    Provides permanent supported housing for formerly homeless adults as well as transitional shelter. Case managers offer help with applying for health insurance, section 8, and other housing authorities.
    Phone: 978-744-0500
  7. MA Coalition for the Homeless
    Provides services and resources for homeless individuals and families.
    Phone: 781-595-7570
  8. Northeast Legal Aid-Northeast Justice Center
    Free civil legal services to low income and elderly tenants; provides assistance with completing answer and discovery forms to help them defend against eviction.
    Phone: 978-458-1465
  9. North Shore Community Action Programs (NSCAP)
    Advocates help individuals improve their living situation by resolving crises, making referrals, and providing financial assistance with overdue rent, housing “start- up” money, heating, and past-due utility bills.
    Phone: 978-531-0767
  10. North Shore Community Development Coalition (NSCDC)
    Provides affordable housing and a variety of resources on topics including money management, tenant issues, as well as a Home Buying 101 class.
    Phone: 978-745-8071
  11. Salem Housing Authority
    Low income public housing authority.
    Phone: 978-744-4431
  12. Jewish Family & Children’s Service/CJP Direct
    Free information and referral service staffed by eldercare professionals from JF&CS who will connect older adults and their families with resources and programs designed for Jewish elders as well as the best resources available for all older adults and caregivers.
    Phone: 800-980-1982