This section includes information on awareness, prevention, treatment, and support for youth dealing with mental and emotional health issues including, but not limited to: mood disorders, eating disorders, self-injury, autism, substance abuse, and suicide.
All of Us
All of Us is a mental health campaign launched by UCLA challenging people to rethink the way that mental health is portrayed and thought of in society.
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is a medical association dedicated to improving life for children and their families affected by mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders. AACAP promotes and supports research and training curricula to assure proper treatment in child psychiatry. Additionally, the Academy acts as a government liaison to respond to national policy in order to improve and expand psychiatric services to children and adolescents.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The AFSP provides resources and information on how to prevent suicide, the signs of suicide, and where to go when you need help.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) works to improve the lives of millions of children and adults who suffer from anxiety and depression by promoting profession and public awareness of such disorders and how these illnesses impact people's lives. ADAA encourages the advancement of scientific knowledge about anxiety, depression and related disorders to improve prevention, treatments, and cures. Additionally, ADAA links people who need treatment with experienced health providers that can provide the necessary health care.
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to assisting people battling eating disorders such as Anorexia nervosa and Bulimia nervosa. ANAD supports individuals through awareness, advocacy, referral, prevention and education. In addition, ANAD runs a helpline and help email system.
Adolescent Self Injury Foundation (ASIF) is a non-profit that strives to raise awareness about adolescent self injury by providing education, prevention techniques, research and resources. ASIF hopes to increase understanding of issues related to self injury to help guide adolescents and families back to wellness and recovery.
Autism Speaks is an organization that is committed to funding research into the prevention, causes, treatments, and a cure for autism. The organization is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders as well as advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
Bring Change 2 Mind
Bring Change 2 Mind is a national organization that works to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. The campaign distributes Public Education Materials based on the scientific findings in an effort to confront the public's misconceptions of mental health.
Center for Easting Disorders
CED collaborates with a variety of eating disorder centers and organizations that promote education and awareness in the United States.
Tips for parents on how to talk with their children about difficult issues, and how to maintain a stable and healthy relationship.
Covenant House Nine Line
A general hotline for teens with any kind of problem — from substance abuse to family and school problems to relationships; Covenant House's expertise is in dealing with homeless and runaway youth. The people who respond to phone calls are trained in crisis intervention, as well as the ability to direct the caller to the appropriate organization or program.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
A Fact sheet for young people helps you figure out whether you have a mood disorder such as depression, anxiety disorder, or bipolar disorder. This site also provides information about each disorder and has online and in person support information.
Eating Disorder Resource Center
The EDRC provides information on eating disorders and how to help someone you might suspect is dealing with one.
Erika's Lighthouse is a not-for-profit mental health education organization that provides free and effective programs to schools, young adults, families and communities. This organization hopes to raise awareness about the symptoms of depression and the associated stigmas to prevent the suffering of young adults.
Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (FEAST) is an international organization for loved ones to help support individuals recovering from eating disorders . FEAST advocates for research and education, promotes evidence-based treatment, and provides support in hopes to reduce the number of people suffering from eating disorders.
Get that You Matter
Get that You Matter is on a mission to inspire everyone and illuminate the world.
Girls and Boys Town National Hotline
The Girls and Boys Town National Hotline is a 24-hour crisis, resource and referral line staffed by highly-trained counselors who can respond to your questions regarding runaways, family and school problems, pregnancy, suicide, chemical dependency, sexual and physical abuse. Every day of the week, 365 days a year. Call with any problem, anytime.
Guide to Teenage Mental Health – Education, Awareness & Information
Find resources on how to teenagers can maintain good mental health and deal with issues they may face in their everyday life.
Half of Us
Half of Us provides answers to questions about feeling weird and not understanding your emotions. There are tips and resources on how to feel better and get help if you need it.
Healthy Child Care America
The HCCA program is a collaborative effort of child care providers and health care professionals that work to improve the early education and health and safety of youth in out-of-home child care. HCAA offers a resource library with many documents related to early education and child care.
Free information about various mental and emotional health issues for children and adults. The "Teen Issues" section provides parents and youth information on specific issues.
A support site for teens that is monitored by moderators and administrators that provides teens with resources and outlets to solve their problems. The site includes support forums, a live chat option, and informational articles.
A free 24 hour crisis hotline for callers who are contemplating suicide. The website also offers email support.
International Bipolar Foundation
The International Bipolar Foundation provides hope, resources, and support to those living with bipolar disorder.
Kids Help Phone
A free 24 hour service for kids and teens that offers phone and web counseling and support. The site has a section devoted to younger users, and a section for teen users. Each section includes forums, games, quizzes, and information about common issues faced while growing up.
Kids Mental Health
Kids Mental Health is an online information portal that provides resources for living with children that have mental disorders. This website hopes to encourage care providers to be proactive in providing health care and support to these children so they can live up to their full potential.
KidsPeace is a private charity dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, families and communities. KidsPeace provides free resources to families and children in 12 states.
Here you can find information about mental health and resources on how to get the right help.
Get help to recognize the warning signs of suicide and other mental illnesses that can cause physical harm.
Mental Health America
Mental Health America is a national non-profit community organization that is dedicated to helping people live mentally healthier lives.
Mental Health Resources
MHR is here to create hope, inspiration, health, and recovery for those affected by mental illness.
Tips for parents and educators to help their children and students overcome mental health issues they may face.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Child & Adolescent Action Center
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization that advocates for access to services, treatment and research for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI not only works with those directly affected by mental illness but also assists families and loved ones by providing free education, programs, and support groups.
National School Board’s School Health Programs
NSBA is committed to helping school policymakers and educators make informed decisions about health issues affecting academic achievement and health development of students. NSBA offers a Resource Database on various health issues affecting students.
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders through specialized programs and services. The organization confronts these serious illnesses by means of early intervention, improved access to treatment, and increased awareness.
National Institute of Mental Health
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) hopes to develop understanding and treatment of mental illness through research to foster a means for prevention, recovery, and cure. The institute works to ensure this mission by encouraging innovative thinking that catalyze scientific breakthroughs through the study of the brain, behaviors, and experience.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
This lifeline is open 24/7 to help anyone who is struggling or just in need of someone to talk to.
NYU Child Study Center
A site that provides information about the mental health of children and adolescents. The site includes an A to Z Disorder Guide, an article on how to raise healthy children, and when to seek treatment and how to find treatment.
The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation
The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation is committed to raising awareness, understanding and research for early-onset Bipolar disorder. The foundation is currently working with the medical community to create new and improved treatments and therapies to overcome Bipolar Disorder.
Safe Schools Coalition
Resources for teens in every category of mental health.
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) is an organization dedicated to preventing suicide through public education, reducing stigmas associated with mental illness, and serving as a resource for those affected by suicide. SAVE is committed to increasing awareness about brain illnesses, symptoms, possible causes and the signs for professional treatment.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Mental Health Information Center
Fact sheet about the different mental health disorders that children and adolescents can develop. This page also provides information about treatment centers and treatment options. Free copies of various Mental Health Fact Sheets can be requested on the website.
An informational site for teens that provides advice about common problems that teens face. Teens can register for the site and have access to forums and other helpful resources.
Teen Mental Health
Teen Mental Health is an organization that hopes to utilize the latest scientific evidence to create training programs, publications and resources to improve understanding of adolescent mental health and mental disorders. Dr. Stan Kutcher and his team collaborate with health care providers, policymakers, schools, the business community, and the general public to deliver internationally recognized research on the mental health of youth.
A comprehensive site that is divided in to three sections. The “teens” section provides teens with resources, advice, and approachable information. The “kids” section is written in an easy format, and has in depth explanations about health related issues that children might not understand. The “parents” section provides adults with advice on how to confront difficult situations with their children, and has multiple links that cover every aspect of raising healthy children.
An online support based site run by teens for teens. The site does have a hotline, and also provides help through chat, message boards, and email.
To Write Love on Her Arms
TWLOHA is a non-profit that aims to provide hope for individuals battling addiction, depression, self injury, and suicidal thoughts. This organization is dedicated to connecting people to support groups, treatment centers, websites, and books in order to provide intervention, treatment, and recovery.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project was started in 1998 to prevent the suicide of LGBTQ kids and teens and to give them a safe place to talk about their struggles.
UMTR2ME is meant to provide hope, healing, and support to those who are struggling with a mental illness that leads them toward suicide.