Assisting those affected by substance use disorder, experiencing a crisis, or in need of support, by providing effective programs and treatments.

Local Crisis Line 603-448-4400

Business Line 603-448-4872

Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255

Welcome to Headrest, a nonprofit organization that began at Dartmouth College in 1971 and is now located in Lebanon, NH. Headrest provides the only 24-hour crisis hotline for New Hampshire, Vermont, and parts of Maine, and it has logged over 420,000 hours of continuous service to the Upper Valley and beyond. Headrest also provides addiction-recovery services to those who have no other resources, no insurance, and no access to health care.

How Headrest helps

How Headrest helps

Sometimes we lose track of our lives. They suddenly aren’t where we thought they’d be, and we don’t know how to get back on track. At Headrest, we help with some of those tough, very real issues. In addition to our 24-hour crisis hotline that responds yearly to 10,000 calls from Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, we offer addiction recovery services regardless of any client’s ability to pay. Headrest’s mission is to help those with limited income, so that no person is turned away; no person is alone.

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Who we help

Who we help

A recent note from a past client and now donor: "I am happy to contribute $400 to your effort. I was once a troubled kid who kept bumping up against the police and other forces that be in the Lebanon/West Leb/Hanover area. I wasn't a bad person but I was doing some bad things-- and suffering from forces far larger than I could have understood at the time. It would take me a couple of decades to start to figure out that I needed some help from organizations that advance the type of support that you folks offer the community...

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Headrest, A Brief History

Headrest, A Brief History

1969 was the summer of Woodstock
and a man on the moon. The counterculture
was peaking. We were all sure human
society was about to change for the better,
that this was the beginning of a kinder and
more communal world. In the spring of 1970
Nixon illegally and secretly bombed
Cambodia. Kent State students were killed
by the Ohio National Guard for
demonstrating against Nixon’s actions, and
most colleges closed for the season “on
strike” in protest. Dartmouth president John
Kemeny suspended classes for the rest of
the year on May 4th. It was in this atmosphere that the group that was to become HEADREST began to form.

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