American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP): Family Resources
AACAP, a nonprofit professional association dedicated to facilitating psychiatric care for children and adolescents headquartered in Washington, D.C., provides a number of resources for families, includng an up-to-date "Facts for Famlies," mental health and substance-abuse statistics, a glossary of symptoms and illnesses, and many topic-specific resource centers.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP): Youth Resources
AACAP also provides many resources for youth in such areas as: "learning about mental illness," "getting help," and "speaking up for yourself and other youth." The AACAP Youth Connection, made up of youth, young adults, and child psychiatrists, promotes youth and empowerment throughout AACAP and within the behavioral health system by developing educational materials included in the AACAP site.
Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
The Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator is an online source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems. It is a product of SAMHSA's Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ). The locator is compiled from responses to CBHSQ's annual surveys of treatment facilities (the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services and the National Mental Health Services Survey).
Center for Parent Information and Resources
The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.
Girlshealth.gov was created in 2002 by the Office on Women’s Health, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to offer girls reliable, useful information on health and well-being. They regularly update their information based on the latest scientific research and use our editorial and review guidelines to ensure accuracy.
Go Ask Alice!
Go Ask Alice! is an online Q&A Internet resource provided by Columbia University for both students and the general public with questions or curiosity about health topics. Go Ask Alice! receives about 2,000 questions per week. There are over 3,000 questions and answers in the archive. Alice! is not one person, but a team. The Go Ask Alice! site is supported by a team of Columbia University health promotion specialists, health care providers, and other health professionals, along with a staff of information and research specialists and writers. The team members have advanced degrees in public health, health education, medicine, counseling, and a number of other relevant fields.
Half of Us
Through online, on-air, and live events, MTV and the JED Foundation raise awareness about mental health issues and connect young people to the appropriate resources to get help. Half of Us features a library of videos and public service announcements about important issues such as prescription drug abuse, depression, student veterans, anxiety and eating disorders.
Health Information Tool for Empowerment
The Health Information Tool for Empowerment is an online directory offering information on more than 5,000 health and social services available to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals in the greater New York area. Listings include services for youth and families, as well as mental health and substance-abuse resources.
Part of The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, the KidsHealth website provites information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years. KidsHealth is also available in Spanish.
Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center
Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center is a parent-founded, parent-operated nonprofit organization founded in 1983. Matrix provides both direct services to families and support services to other federally funded parent centers.
MedlinePlus, from the National Institutes of Health's U.S. National Library of Medicine, is a website with information about health for patients and their families and friends. While the entire site is not specific to child and adolescent mental health, this page lists a variety of topics related to important mental health and behavior issues.
This federal website is a good source of information on mental health issues and concerns. Information is available in both English and Spanish, and covers topics such as: local and national organizations providing information and support related to mental health concerns for teens, young adults, families, and educators; an online community (OK2TALK) for teens and young adults; specific disorders, such as eating disorders; and mental health and health insurance.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI is a nationwide grassroots advocacy group, representing families and people affected by mental disorders in the United States, and providing psychoeducation, research, and support for people and their families impacted by mental illness through various public education and awareness activities. NAMI is based out of Arlington, VA, and has over 1,000 state and local chapters, all operating mainly with the work of volunteers. Members of NAMI are typically consumers of mental health services, their family members, and mental health professionals.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free and confidential service for anyone in emotional distress or suicidal crisis that operates 24/7/365. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), callers are routed to the nearest crisis center in a national network of 160+ crisis centers that provides counseling and mental health referrals. The Lifeline also provides life-saving crisis services through Lifeline Crisis Chat, which is available 24/7/365. The Lifeline launched in 2005 and is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
OK2TALK is a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems that encourages them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Anyone can add their voice by sharing creative content such as poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support in a safe, moderated space.