Resources for Transition Age Youth (16-24)

NAMI PA, Main Line has compiled the following information about national, Pennsylvania and greater-Philadelphia-area resources to help transition-aged youth (ages 16-24) who are living with mental health needs, as well as their family members.

Note: Information about resources for children and teens with mental health needs and their family members is available at https://namipamainline.org/support/services-for-children-and-teens/, and additional information is available on other pages of our website (https://namipamainline.org/) or by contacting us at coordinator@NAMIpaMainLine.org or 267-251-6240.

National

  • Crisis Text Line: Free, confidential 24-hour service accessible via text message to number 741-741. People can text anonymously with a crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line. Visit The New York Times website at http://nyti.ms/1MK416g for more information.
  • Teen & Youth Help Hotline: A teen-to-teen hotline with community outreach services. https://teenlineonline.org/talk-now/
  • OK2TALK: An online community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems that provides a form to encourage them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Visit ok2talk.org
  • Help Guide: Provides multiple guides to help individuals coping with mental health problems. Guides for teenagers on depression, suicide, self-harm, bullying, eating disorders, and substance abuse are available at http://www.helpguide.org/home-pages/teen-issues.htm
  • Teen Mental Health: Provides information about multiple types of mental disorders, the teen brain, etc. http://teenmentalhealth.org/
  • Parenting Strategies: Preventing adolescent alcohol misuse and coping with depression and anxiety. http://www.parentingstrategies.net/
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid: Designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/take-a-course/course-types/youth/
  • Runaway Hotline: Phone: 1-800-621-4000
  • Managing a Mental Health Condition in College: Designed to help students with a mental health condition plan proactively for academic and social success in college, know where to find support and how to put their best foot forward. See more at: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Teens-Young-Adults/Managing-a-Mental-Health-Condition-in-College#sthash.m7mpkmcX.dpuf
  • NAMI on Campus: NAMI on Campus clubs work to end the stigma that makes it hard for students to talk about mental health and get the help they need. Clubs hold creative meetings, hold innovative awareness events, and offer signature NAMI programs through partnerships with NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates across the nation. See more at: http://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/NAMI-on-Campus#sthash.zNIOyHOO.dpuf
  • Active Minds: Active Minds empowers students to change the perception about mental health on college campuses. http://activeminds.org/

Pennsylvania

  • How to Access Valuable Behavioral Services in PA: Consider Medical Assistance for a Child/Teen with Serious Disability: http://wp.me/P3QT8t-Nc
  • PLAN of PA (Planned Lifetime Assistance Network): Provides fee-for-service help with the transition to independent living – 610-687-4036; planofpa.org

Greater Philadelphia area

  • American Day Treatment Center: For individuals with psychiatric and emotional disorders who do not require 24-hour inpatient care, American Day Treatment Center is a cost-effective option. Although it is a day program, American Day provides the structure and intensity that is typical of an inpatient program. The Center’s treatment team is led by a board-certified psychiatrist and provides a multifaceted therapeutic experience on a daily basis. http://www.mainlinehealth.org/DayTreatment
  • The New Leaf Club: will offer programs, activities and events that further awareness and promote recovery and healing from a number of challenges that affect teens and adults. http://www.newleafclub.org/
  • PRYSM Youth Group: Provides a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth (ages 14-20) and their Straight Allies (LGBTQA) where they meet regularly and be themselves. The center facilitates social, educational and supportive activities, as well as opportunities to participate in outreach, activism, and leadership development. http://www.prysmyouthcenter.org/
  • Mazzoni Center: Dedicated to helping the unique health and wellness needs of the LGBTQ communities. https://www.mazzonicenter.org/
  • Main Line Youth Alliance: Friday night support group in Wayne. Phone: 610-688-1861
    www.myaonline.org
  • Teen Helpline: Free telephone support for teens after school hours. Phone:610-351-TEEN
  • Hearing Voices Support Group for Young People: Meets on Mondays, from 4:30 p.m. –6 p.m. at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Avenue, in the Middleton Center, Room 203. For more information call Berta Britz at 484-681-9432.
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – (Teen Community Support Group): This free, coed support group for teens ages 15-18 meets every other Thursday from 7 p.m. –8 p.m. at Radnor House Condominium, L-10, 1030 East Lancaster Avenue in Rosemont. The aim of the group, which accommodates 10 participants, is to allow for open adolescent discussion. It is not a substitute for therapy nor intended to be therapy. The group is facilitated by Andrew J. D’Amico, PhD Psychologist. Attendance is voluntary and enrollment is open. For more information or to register, go to andrewdamicophd.com
  • Support Group for Parents and Caregivers of Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults with Behavioral Problems: Meets on the second Wednesday of each month, beginning at 6 p.m., at Lower Providence Presbyterian Church, 3050 Ridge Pike in Eagleville. For more information about this group, please contact NAMI Montgomery County at 215-361-7784 or nami-montcopa@verizon.net.
  • Support Groups by County: Information about support groups for family members and for individuals living with mental illness in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties is available at https://namipamainline.org/support/support-groups-by-county-in-southeastern-pennsylvania/
  • Family-to-Family: This education and support program teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively. https://namipamainline.org/support/family-to-family-education-basics-programs/
  • General Introduction to Services for individuals with mental illness and their family members in southeastern Pennsylvania, including help lines and warm lines. https://namipamainline.org/services-in-sepa-2/intro-to-services/

Bucks County

  • The Bucks County LIFE Program: A countywide program that serves Bucks County families who have a child or adolescent that struggles with emotional, behavioral, social and/or learning issues. As a team of both experienced parents and professionals works closely with families to offer invaluable support as well as provide information and referral resources. http://lifeinbucks.org/

Chester County

Delaware County

  • Empower Youth, LLC: A counseling facility for youth, ages 11-24, dealing with substance and mental health issues (co-occurring disorders). Provides education on risky behaviors, substance abuse, healthy boundaries, emotional awareness, and impulse control, through supportive group and individual therapy settings. http://www.empoweryouth.net/
  • A Time To Heal: Support Group for Children and Teens who are experiencing a suicide loss. Phone:484-571-8010
  • Depression/Bipolar Support Alliance: Springfield High School, 49 West Leamy Ave., Springfield, PA Phone:1-877-687-9552 DBSAlliance.org
  • Recovery, Inc.: A self-help program to help manage problems such as anger, anxiety, fears, depression, compulsions, obsessions and phobias. Phone: 215-332-0722

Montgomery County

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): This free, teen community support group (coed, ages 15-18, limited to 10 participants) meets every other Thursday from 7 p.m. 8 p.m. at Radnor House Condominium, L-10, 1030 East Lancaster Avenue in Rosemont. The aim of the group is to allow for open adolescent discussion. It is not a substitute for therapy nor intended to be therapy.  The group is facilitated by Andrew J. D’Amico, PhD Psychologist. Attendance is voluntary and enrollment is open. For more information or to register, go to andrewdamicophd.com.
  • Creative Health Services: Creative Health Services is a place where people can access connections to various services under one roof, and provides support for individuals and families on their journey to wholeness and recovery. http://creativehs.org/

Philadelphia

  • Youth Emergency Service (YES): The largest shelter in the Philadelphia area offering immediate housing to homeless and runaway youth. Each year, YES provides a safe and supportive environment, on-site medical treatment, counseling, educational enrichment and recreational opportunities to more than 400 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18. http://ysiphilly.org/programs/youth-emergency-service/
  • The Attic Youth Center: Creates opportunities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society. https://www.atticyouthcenter.org/
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