LYFS (Lexington Youth and Family Services) is a community-based, non-profit agency established to provide accessible counseling and outreach services to Lexington youth and their families. Our hard working, dedicated board includes youth members who are also concerned about their peers.
In February of 2008 concerned residents, with the support of town officials, held a community meeting to talk about the high number of Lexington High students who report feeling depressed and suicidal. Out of that meeting, a group of people emerged who saw a need for and began LYFS.
LYFS opened their doors in the spring of 2011. Our mission became to "strengthen the safety net" for Lexington teens and their families by providing walk-in, accessible crisis counseling services for Lexington teens who are suicidal or self-destructive.
LYFS began as a drop in crisis counseling center in Lexington Center as a resource for Lexington teens who are struggling, feeling stressed, anxious, depressed or just need a place to talk and get support.
Since the spring of 2011, LYFS has grown providing a range of community education and prevention services.
In November 2015, LYFS implemented the Sources of Strength youth suicide prevention program at Lexington High School. In 2018, we began our close collaboration with Lexington Public Schools as this program was expanded to both Diamond and Clarke Middle School. Check out our Sources page to learn more about it.