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10 community health resources to explore

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Our well-being is affected by the world around us and the community we cultivate. Explore what your community has to offer by checking out your local resources for the following services.

Need help finding a resource? Call 211 for free and confidential information about resources in your community. This phone line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Support for your overall well-being

  • Community gardens. Want to garden but don't have a yard? Check out to see if your community offers individual garden plots in a community setting.
  • Farmers markets. Buy fresh fruit and vegetables directly from a local farmer. You'll often find other local products, such as meat, dairy, and grains.
  • Free and low-cost fitness classes. Contact your local Parks and Recreation Department, YMCA, or even a local hospital to learn about classes in your area. Don't forget to also check out local walking/biking paths and playgrounds in your area.
  • Community and senior centers. Community centers are a great place for the whole family to have fun, with events and activities geared toward kids, adults, or the whole family. Senior centers offer a wealth of social activities for those age 50 and older, including dancing, art classes, music lessons, support, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Emergency preparedness. Learn how you and your family can be prepared in the case of a natural disaster. Check with your local municipality to learn about your local risks and how to stay safe. Visit  

Support for your mental and emotional well-being

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This is a national resource available to anyone seeking help for behavioral health, substance abuse, coping with disasters, and more. Individuals seeking help can visit, or call/text the national helpline: 988.
  • Suicide prevention. Free and confidential support is just a phone call away if you or a loved one is having thoughts of suicide or other emotional distress. Support from a skilled, trained counselor is available anytime when you call or text 988.
  • Veteran Crisis Line. Veterans and their families have access to the Veterans Crisis Line for support any time they need it. The responders at Veterans Crisis Line are ready to help veterans of all ages—no matter what the circumstances—toll-free. Dial 988 and press 1, access online chat at, or text to 838255. Visit for more information.
  • Addiction and recovery. Your local city, county, or state office can direct you to local treatment in your community or ongoing support for those in recovery. As an alternative, check out these websites to find a meeting nearby:, Alcoholics Anonymous (, or Narcotics Anonymous (
  • Tobacco cessation. When you're ready, there's support to help you quit tobacco. Call 800-QUIT-NOW to be routed to your state quit line, and to learn about support in your area.


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