Youth Mental Health Resources
Mental Health and Well Being
Mental Health: A Guide for Faith Leaders - This 26 page guide provides information to help faith leaders work with members of their congregations and their families who are facing mental health challenges. Quick Reference Companion Guide - a two page reference chart to use alongside the full guide.
National Catholic Partnership on Disability – includes a theological framework, catechetical resources, a listing of other resources, events, links and foundational documents and concepts in disability ministry.
Say It Out Loud: Speaking with Teens About Mental Illness - National Alliance on Mental Illness
Mind Your Mind - working with community partners and young people aged 14 to 29 to co-create interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience.
National Mental Health Association - Information on all types of mental health issues and referrals (800-273-TALK). Website available in Spanish by clicking Google Translate at bottom of home page.
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders - Help, support, and information for eating disorders (847-831-3438)
National Institute of Mental Health - the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders.
National Association of School Psychologists - a collection of research, podcasts, handouts, articles, and guidance on topics related to students, schools, and the profession of school psychology.
Autism Speaks – Challenging Behaviors Toolkit to provide strategies and resources to address behaviors, and to help support for those impacted by autism.
Anxiety and Depression
Understanding Children and Teens with Anxiety and Depression - resources from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Methods for Discerning Anxiety and Depression in Teens - a short blog post from Roy Petitfils, a counselor and author, and an internationally recognized expert in understanding and raising teenagers.
Anxiety and Depression - a series of blog articles from Life Teen on anxiety and depression.
Suicide Prevention Toolkit for High Schools - a comprehensive 230 page pdf developed by SAMHSA for use by schools and parishes to assist in developing a comprehensive plan for prevention, intervention, and response.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 800-273-TALK (8255) Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. For Spanish speaking, call 888-628-9454
Suicide Prevention Resource Center - Resources for faith communities.
Faith. Hope. Life. - Created by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, this is an opportunity for every faith community in the United States to focus one Sabbath each year on the characteristics common to most faiths that also help prevent suicides.
Warning Signs and Symptoms Your Teen Is Suffering From Depression or Suicidal Thoughts - a short blog post from Roy Petitfils, a counselor and author, and an internationally recognized expert in understanding and raising teenagers.
Preventing Suicide - resources and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide.
Suicide Prevention - a resource site from the National Institute of Health (NIH) on suicide risk factors, signs and symptoms, steps for help and treatment therapies.
Suicide Prevention for Tribal Communities - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.
Tips for Supporting Grieving Youth - Developed by the Dougy Center, providing support and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief.
Postvention Resources - Resources on postvention (an organized response in the aftermath of a suicide) provided by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.
Cutting and Self-Injury
Preventing Self-Harm: What You Should Know if You Want to Offer Help - information on how to support a loved one who is struggling with self-harm developed by the the University of Southern California's online Master of Social Work program.
Understanding Teen Cutting and Self Harm - an article for parents written by Boys Town on warning signs, risk factors and treatment steps for those who self injure.
S.A.F.E. Alternatives - is a nationally recognized treatment approach, professional network, and educational resource base, committed to helping achieve an end to self-injurious behavior. Self Injury Hotline: 800-366-8288.
To Write Love on Her Arms - a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.
Adolescent Self-Harm - a brief overview on self harm along with causes and cures provided by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids - providing support and guidance to families struggling with their son’s or daughter’s substance use.
The National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center: maintains a comprehensive database of the leading drug and alcohol treatment centers both internationally and in the United States for every level of treatment option from affordable to luxury (800-784-6776).
Al-Anon/Alateen - a referral for local chapters offering support for family members affected by addiction in the home (800-425-2666). Website also in Spanish.
Alcoholics Anonymous - AA is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse - comprehensive resource site for research, organizations and treatment options for those encountering substance abuse.
Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration - SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
Teen Drug and Alcohol Abuse - DrugRehab is a web resource provided and funded by Advanced Recovery Systems providing free research and fact-based resources.
Substance Abuse Guide for Parents - developed by DrugRehab.com
Urban Ministry Substance Abuse Prevention Toolkit - developed by the Faith and Service Technical Education Network (FASTEN) which offers informational resources and networking opportunities to faith-based practitioners, private philanthropies, and public administrators who seek to collaborate effectively to renew urban communities.
In God’s Image - A single-session evidence-informed program preventing youth substance use while promoting spiritual, physical, mental health and positive self-identity.