Parent Resources

Hotlines and Websites for Parents

According to experts, symptoms of depression or other mental illnesses in adolescents are not to be ignored. If you’re concerned about your teen or young adult talk to him/her and seek professional help immediately. Below is a list of resources. (PBS.org)

HOTLINES:

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Both toll-free, 24-hour, confidential hotlines which connect you to a trained counselor at the nearest suicide crisis center.

National Alliance of the Mentally Ill: 1-800-950-6264
Toll-free, confidential hotline operating Mon.-Fri., 10 am- 6 pm (EST). Trained volunteers provide information, referrals, and support to anyone with questions about mental illness.

WEBSITES:

Alcoholics Anonymous
Fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Under the link to “Facts for Families,” you can find detailed information on the symptoms of adolescent mental illness, and where to seek help.

American Association of Suicidology
AAS is a membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide. AAS is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services. Its Web site includes resources for helping those who are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts, and inspirational stories from suicide attempt survivors.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
A non-profit organization dedicated to reducing loss of life from suicide. Its Web site offers tips on how to reach out to those at-risk for suicide, as well as helpful statistics and resources in every state.

Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of anxiety disorders, and to improving the lives of all people who suffer from them.

Depression Forums
A supportive, informative Web site that offers a caring, safe environment for members to talk to their peers about depression, anxiety, mood disorders, medications, therapy and recovery.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
DBSA offers information on depression and bipolar disorder as well as listings to patient support groups across the USA. (800) 826-3632

Families for Depression Awareness
An organization that helps families recognize and cope with depressive disorders, and prevent suicide. Its Web site contains helpful resources, and inspirational stories about recovering from mental illness.

Narcotics Anonymous
An international community-based association of recovering drug addicts.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country.

National Eating Disorders Association
Dedicated to providing education, resources and support to those affected by eating disorders.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
A go-to resource for comprehensive information on all diagnosable mental illnesses, statistics, government-funded research and trials, and information about treatment. Its Child & Adolescent Mental Health page lists all the mental disorders that affect young people, and research and reports on each topic.

Self Abuse Finally Ends (SAFE)
A nationally recognized treatment approach, professional network, and educational resource base, which is committed to helping you and others achieve an end to self-injurious behavior. (800) DONT CUT(366-8288)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Government's National Mental Health Information Center, providing information about mental health via a toll-free telephone number (800-789-2647), this website, and more than 600 publications.

The Jed Foundation
The Jed Foundation offers programs and resources that will help you learn more about your child’s emotional health and what you can do to support them if they are struggling.

The Suicide Prevention Action Network
A non-profit organization dedicated to preventing suicide through public education and awareness, community action and federal, state and local grassroots advocacy. Its Web site serves as an online resource center aimed at providing authoritative and problem-specific information about suicide prevention.