Help Line for Stressed-Out Parents

The Family Tree StressLine (800-243-7337) is a toll-free, nonprofit help line for parents in need of resources, support groups, substance abuse treatment centers and counseling. Its goal is to reach parents in crisis who may be on the brink of child abuse.

Sue Bull, manager of the Baltimore-based StressLine, said in a statement: "It's really hard to admit you have problems parenting, but once these parents call and see that a nonjudgmental person is going to help them do whatever it takes to be a good parent, they are grateful."

StressLine receives as many as 5,000 calls from Marylanders annually. About 15 percent of these callers fit the "on the brink" description. The service is staffed by more than 80 volunteers in Maryland and takes calls 24 hours a day.

New Phone Number for Service for Blind

Newsline for the Blind will have a new phone number beginning June 28: 240-777-0004. The free 24-hour newspaper-reading service is available to people who are blind, visually impaired and/or unable to read a printed newspaper. It is made available by the Montgomery County Department of Public Libraries to residents of Montgomery and Prince George's counties, Northern Virginia and the District.

For more information about the service, call any Montgomery County library.