Youth Mental Health Resources

Mental Health and Well Being

Anxiety and Depression

Suicide Prevention

  • 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

  • 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

Substance Abuse

  • 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.