To Our Community and Persons Served

The Brien Center is open and providing services.  Many of our client visits are now taking place by phone.

Dear Friends,

Everyone is experiencing behavioral health issues these days. Fear and anxiety are completely normal reactions to a global health crisis. Our world has suddenly turned upside down, and we don’t yet know when things will be right again. We are fearful for ourselves and our loved ones. We are worried about making ends meet and providing for our families.

Such a drastic change in our lives can cause mental health issues for a lot of people. You aren’t alone, and you will be OK again.

At the Brien Center, we are continuing to provide as many services as possible for our clients. In addition, we welcome new clients who may need help coping with the serious new challenges presented by covid-19. Call us for a phone appointment at 413-499-4012.

In the meantime, all of us have to find strategies that will help us maintain our mental health and resilience for the weeks ahead. You may find some of the following tips helpful:

Have a daily connection to someone in your support system. That could be a family member living around the corner, or around the world. Or a dear friend, neighbor, or co-worker. Talk with someone every day about what’s happening, or just catch up. Talking things out helps to ease anxiety and makes us feel less alone.

Maintain your own wellbeing. There are any number of support groups online, including AA, Al-Anon and groups dedicated to health, exercise, meditation – literally just about everything. People home with their children can also find many online activities for them, too. Many of these groups have geared up their platforms to welcome new attendees who can’t physically go to meetings, gyms or to other activities during the coronavirus crisis. Having a little structure to our day can also help us feel more connected and keep stress at bay.

Give the news a rest every now and then. We are bombarded in every direction by alarming statistics and sad stories that make our own anxieties more acute. Rather than trying to consume coronavirus news from every available media outlet all day, limit your exposure to just catching up on essential information. And try to keep it all in perspective.

Be kind. Kindness is always recommended, but it’s truly important during times like these. When we take the focus away from our fears and do something nice for someone else, it reminds us of our own compassion and the power we have to make life a little better for others.

Sincerely,
Christine Macbeth, ACSW, LICSW
President and CEO of the Brien Center.

Your Courage,
Our Care

At the Brien Center, we are guided by the belief that everyone in Berkshire County benefits when people are emotionally healthy.

Who We Are

The Brien Center is a community-based, non-profit with a 90+ year history…

What We Do

Our highest priority is keeping people safe and supporting their choices…

Who We Serve

Who do we serve? It’s someone you know, possibly very well.

Mental illness and addiction are among the most stigmatized diseases in the world. At the Brien Center, we are dedicated to ending the stigma in our community.

Child & Adolescent Services

We don’t just serve children and adolescents. We serve entire families by calming the crisis and providing strength and support for better days ahead.

Our programs are comprehensive, clinically- proven, and delivered by counselors who are specialty-trained to provide the best care possible to youth in our community.

Read a mother’s story about her child’s psychiatric emergency and recovery with Brien services. 
Click here

Patrick Miller Youth Substance Abuse Program – Highly acclaimed community-based program. 
Click here

Acute Care Services

We see people who are experiencing the worst moments of their lives. In most cases, our highly-skilled team is able to turn the situation around.

They view this work as way more than a job. Our clinicians love what they do and are dedicated to the people they help.

Adult and Family Services

Our long experience in this field proves that treatment works and that people can and do recover.

No two people are alike. Therefore, we take an individualized approach to care, with multiple pathways available toward recovery.  We can help find the right one for you.

Behavioral Health Community Partners

With you as the leader, our program creates teams of medical and behavioral health professionals who work together to ensure your significant health needs are met, with the best care delivered in the right place, at the right time, and by the right providers.

Behavioral Health Community Partners

With you as the leader, our program creates teams of medical and behavioral health professionals who work together to ensure your significant health needs are met, with the best care delivered in the right place, at the right time, and by the right providers.

Community Services

Our program of care builds on the strengths of each person with significant and persistent mental health needs — and the people they love.

With comprehensive services and support, we help them lead full and productive lives that are strongly connected to family, friends, work and community.