Resources

Family Resources

The Balanced Mind Foundation
www.thebalancedmind.org
(Formerly the Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation) provides resources for parents raising a child, teen or young adult with, or at risk for, a mood disorder

Center for Advancement of Children’s Mental Health
www.kidsmentalhealth.org
Peter Jensen, M.D. directs this center dedicated to a variety of issues related to children and adolescents with mental illnesses. Dr. Jensen’s center is located at Columbia University.

Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)
www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/cmhs
Children, adolescents and family resources

Center for the Promotion of Mental Health in Juvenile Justice
www.promotementalhealth.org
Dedicated to providing expert guidance to juvenile justice settings regarding best practices for mental health assessment and referral. The center is located at Columbia University.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity-Disorder (CHADD)
www.thebalancedmind.org
A national organization representing individuals with AD/HD in providing education, advocacy and support to individuals and families. Composed of dedicated volunteers from around the country who play an integral part in the organization by providing resources and encouragement to families, educators and professionals.

Department of Education (DOE) – Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/
OSERS website includes a wide array of information for families, school districts and states in three main areas: special education, vocational rehabilitation and research

Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
www.ffcmh.org
Dedicated to providing education, resources and information to children with mental health needs and their families

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
www.nami.org
The nation’s largest mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults living with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness, a national organization including NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, support and education.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network Center
www.nctsn.org
The center works toward raising the standard of care and improve access of services to traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the USA

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
www.nimh.nih.gov
The mission of NIMH is to diminish the burden of mental illness through research

Parent to Parent
www.p2pusa.org
A national non profit organization committed to assuring access and quality in parent to parent support across the country. The parent to parent programs provide emotional and informational support to families of children who have special needs most notable by matching parents seeking support with an experienced and trained “supporting parent”

SchoolMentalHealth.org
www.schoolmentalhealth.org
Offers mental health resources not only for clinicians, but also for educators, administrators, parents/caregivers, families and students. The resources included in the site emphasize practical information and skills based on current research, including prominent evidence-based practices, as well as lessons learned from local, state and national initiatives.

Children Resources

KidsHealth
www.kidshealth.org
Separate areas for children, teens and parents. Each of these sections includes its own design, age-appropriate content and tone. There are many in-depth features, articles, animations, games and resources developed by experts in the health of children and teens. For information for teen mental health, click on “teens” and then click on “Your Mind” to access a broad array of resources for teens.

Mindzone – Cope. Care. Deal.
www.copecaredeal.org
Mental health website for teens that includes plenty of extremely helpful information. The funding for Mindzone comes from the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands with support from the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

StrengthofUs.org
www.strengthofus.org
NAMI’s online resource center and social networking website for young adults living with mental health conditions. It exists to empower young adults to live out their dreams and goals through peer support and resource sharing.

The Trevor Project
www.thetrevorproject.org
An organization dedicated to ending the disproportionately high rates of suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth (LGBTQ)

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