Resources about Mental Health
General Mental Health
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Our vision is to help improve the mental health of youth by the effective translation and transfer of scientific knowledge. Our model is to use the best scientific evidence available to develop application-ready training programs, publications, tools and resources that can be applied across disciplines to enhance the understanding of adolescent mental health and mental disorders.
Mental health is an important part of overall health for children as well as adults. For many adults who have mental disorders, symptoms were present—but often not recognized or addressed—in childhood and youth. For a young person with symptoms of a mental disorder, the earlier treatment is started, the more effective it can be. Early treatment can help prevent more severe, lasting problems as a child grows up.
Important mental health habits—including coping, resilience, and good judgment—help adolescents to achieve overall wellbeing and set the stage for positive mental health in adulthood.
Mental health problems don’t only affect adults. Children, teens and young adults can have mental health problems, too. In fact, three out of four people with mental health problems showed signs before they were 24 years old.
Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans
The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most.
This website has been established to provide information about anxiety, depression and suicide to young people in Australia aged 12–25. The website includes fact sheets, quizzes, resources, and videos for topics including anxiety, depression, suicide, grief and loss, bullying, self harm, etc.
We champion children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing across the UK. Driven by their experience we create change so that children and young people can cope with life’s adversities, find help when needed and succeed in life. To keep ourselves focused and on track, we’ve set out 4 key strategic aims:
- Foster innovation to meet the needs of vulnerable and excluded children and young people.
- Promote good mental health to more children and young people than ever before.
- Champion the voices of young people and parents to influence mental health policy and practice.
- Inspire excellence to achieve transformed, integrated services.
Adolescent eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and compulsive overeating are concerns every parent hopes to avoid. But, when these eating disorders develop, there are some tremendously helpful eating disorder resources for parents, siblings, and other concerned family and friends.
The NEDA Parent Toolkit was created to provide some of these tools that can be used in critical moments in your search for help, hope and healing. As one parent told us, “this toolkit was exactly the resource we needed when we started the journey for our family, we needed real resources, reassurance that we were not the only family with the challenge and that there would be light at the end of that tunnel.”
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand, and provides in-depth information on eating disorders.
The Center for Eating and Dieting Disorders (CEDD) has four pillars of work, policy and program change, research, clinical innovation and education. CEDD engages in large-scale service development projects, workforce training programs, research projects and clinical translation work.
The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. (ANAD) is a non-profit organization working in the areas of support, awareness, advocacy, referral, education, and prevention. ANAD is the oldest organization aimed at fighting eating disorders in the United States. ANAD assists people struggling with eating disorders and also provides resources for families, schools and the eating disorder community.
Psycom.net was founded by Ivan K. Goldberg, MD, a brilliant psychiatrist and clinical psychopharmacologist, initially as a discussion group for mental health professionals. Two decades later, Psycom.net has grown into a highly regarded resource for a wide variety of mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and generalized anxiety disorder.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a disruption in how your brain controls the signals it uses to identify danger and initiate action to help you avoid it. However, in GAD, this signaling mechanism does not work as it should and you experience the danger signal when there is no danger.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for anxious children and their families by providing parents, educators and mental health professionals with comprehensive, user-friendly information on the full range of anxiety disorders: how to identify symptoms, find effective treatments and, and prevent anxiety from taking hold in a child’s life.
Anxiety can affect your health. If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, research suggests that you may run a higher risk of experiencing physical health problems, too. So when you manage your anxiety, you’re also taking care of your physical health.
The Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia (AnxietyBC) is a registered charity established in 1999 by a group of concerned individuals, family members, and health professionals. The association’s mission is to promote awareness of anxiety disorders and support access to evidence-based resources and treatment. The mission is to promote awareness of anxiety disorders and support access to evidence based resources and treatment.
Families for Depression Awareness helps families recognize and cope with depression and bipolar disorder to get people well and prevent suicides. We offer education, training, and support to unite families and help them heal while coping with mood disorders.
We educate school communities about teen depression, eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and empower teens to take charge of their mental health.
Our mission is to create an atmosphere that is both supportive and informative in a caring, safe environment for our members to talk to their peers about depression, anxiety, mood disorders, medications, therapy and recovery. Our vision is to advance the public awareness of mental health issues so as to eliminate the stigma that surrounds depression and mood disorders through education and advocacy, as well as striving to obtain quality medical care for mental health patients, as it is no different from any other medical illness.
Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI), commonly referred to as self-injury or self-harm, may be confusing and difficult to understand. Many people have a hard time talking about self- injury because it seems unnatural to them. It is important to understand what motivates teens to harm themselves because not all people do it for the same reason. The best way to help someone to stop self- injuring is to help him or her address the underlying issues.
If your teen is cutting, there are ways to help. By coping with your own feelings, learning about cutting, finding professional help, and just being there to love and believe in your teen, you’ll provide the calm, steady support that he or she needs.
SIOS is a non-profit outreach initiative providing information and resources about self-injury to those who self-injure, those who have recovered, and those who want to help.
WELCOME! We are a non-profit organization created for the purpose of offering hope in the recovery process for adolescent and young adult self injurers and their families. We strive to raise awareness and create positive outcomes for this hard to reach population. We provide resources to navigate the journey towards wellness and recovery.
AAS Mission Statement: To promote the understanding and prevention of suicide and support those who have been affected by it. AAS Vision Statement: We are an inclusive community that envisions a world where people know how to prevent suicide and find hope and healing.
Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.
JED is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.
The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is dedicated to the prevention of the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs that equip young people, educators/youth workers and parents with the tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth.
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
The Anxiety Workbook for Teens – Lisa Schab
I Would but my Damn Mind Won’t Let Me – Jacqui Letran
David and the Worry Beast – Anne Marie Guanci
When My Worries Get Too Big – Kari Dunn Buron
What To Do When You Worry Too Much – by Dawn Huebner
What To Do When You’re Scared and Worried – James J. Crist
Stress can really get on your nerves – Trevor Romain
My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic by Michael Tompkins
Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids by Reid Wilson
101 Ways to Conquer Teen Anxiety: Simple Tips, Techniques and Strategies for Overcoming Anxiety, Worry and Panic Attacks by Thomas McDonagh and Jon Patrick Hatcher
Depression: A Teen’s Guide to Survive and Thrive – Jacqueline Toner
Boy Meets Depression: Or Life Sucks and Then You Live – Kevin Breel
Rescuing Your Teenager from Depression – Norman T. Berlinger
Understanding Teenage Depression – A Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management – Maureen Empfield and Nicholas Bakalar
The Disappearing Girl – Learning the Language of Teenage Depression – Dr. Lisa Machoian