Mental Health Resources for Teens

Emergency Help

National Suicide Prevention Lifelineopens a new window – 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Your Life, Your Voiceopens a new window – 1-800-448-3000. The Boys Town National Hotline is a toll free number available to kids, teens and young adults at anytime. Please contact us if you’re depressed, contemplating suicide, being physically or sexually abused, on the run, addicted, threatened by gang violence, fighting with a friend or parent, or if you are faced with an overwhelming challenge. Call, text, chat, or email all available via the website.

 

Anxiety

AnxietyBCopens a new window – The Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia (AnxietyBC™) is a non profit organization which was started in early spring of 1999 by a group of concerned consumers, family members, and professionals, who work to increase awareness about anxiety disorders; promote education of the general public, affected persons, and health care providers; and increase access to evidence-based resources and treatments.

Anxiety Disorder Resource Centeropens a new window – This resource page is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatryopens a new window, who’s mission is to promote the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through research, training, prevention, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers.

Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents Fact Sheetopens a new window – This fact sheet was put together by the National Institute of Mental Healthopens a new window, who’s mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

 

Book Lists

Books Dealing With Children’s Mental Health Topicsopens a new window – Carol Watkins, M.D., a child psychiatrist and Nicole, a middle school student (now a high school student–we’ve been at this for three years), both review books on ADHD, depression, family problems, decision-making and many other topics.

Book Lists for Teensopens a new window – These book lists, including both fiction and non-fiction about mental health, were created by the librarians at the Boston Public Library.

 Top Ten YA Fiction Books Dealing With Mental Illnessopens a new window – This blog post was put together by author Kim Baccellia.

Mental Health in YA Reading Listopens a new window – The YA Highway blog is put together by a group of writers from different corners of the globe, united by their affinity for travel, costume parties, and writing and reading young adult fiction.

Psych Central Book Reviewsopens a new window – These book lists were put together by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. at Psych Centralopens a new window, the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health social network. Since 1995, our award-winning websiteopens a new window has been run by mental health professionals offering reliable, trusted information and over 200 support groupsopens a new window to consumers.

 

Depression and Mental Illness

Depression in Teensopens a new window – This fact sheet was put together by Mental Health America, who advocates for changes in mental health and wellness policy; Educating the public & providing critical information; and delivering urgently needed mental health and wellness Programs and Services.

Teenager’s Guide To Depressionopens a new window – As a non-profit health organization, Helpguideopens a new window believes that everyone facing mental and emotional health challenges deserves to have access to free, unbiased information without being pressured by special interests or corporate sponsors.

Psych Centralopens a new window – This is the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health social network. Since 1995, this award-winning websiteopens a new window has been run by mental health professionals offering reliable, trusted information and over 200 support groupsopens a new window to consumers.

Publications About Children and Adolescentsopens a new window – These free PDF publications were put together by the National Institute of Mental Healthopens a new window, who’s mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

Teen Depressionopens a new window – This page was put together by the Mayo Clinicopens a new window, a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life.

Youth Resourcesopens a new window – This resource page is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatryopens a new window,who’s mission is to promote the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through research, training, prevention, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers.

 

Self-Injury

The Adolescent Self-Injury Foundationopens a new window – A non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness about adolescent self injury. By providing education, prevention techniques, resources, research, and forums, ASIF aims to increase understanding of the self injurious adolescent and family in the journey towards wellness and recovery.

Cutting and Self-Harmopens a new window – As a non-profit health organization, Helpguideopens a new window believes that everyone facing mental and emotional health challenges deserves to have access to free, unbiased information without being pressured by special interests or corporate sponsors.

Self-Injury in Adolescentsopens a new window – This resource page is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatryopens a new window,who’s mission is to promote the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through research, training, prevention, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers.

Self-Injury/Cuttingopens a new window – This page was put together by the Mayo Clinicopens a new window, a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life.

 

Stress Management

Stress Management Guideopens a new window – Create a personal stress management guide for teens through the American Academy of Pediatricsopens a new window whose mission is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

Fostering Resilienceopens a new window – A teen’s personal guide to managing stress. Dr. Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Mindfulness: Getting Startedopens a new window – The Mindful magazineopens a new window explains the best way to start meditating for anyone who is stressed and looking for a little balance in their life.

Mindfulnetopens a new window – Mindfulnet.org is an independent website dedicated to promoting Mindfulness by providing site users with the information they need to make informed decisions.

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