Resources for Helping Your Child or Teen with Mental Health or Behavioral Problems
• Learning to Help your Child and Your Family (https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Family-Members-and-Caregivers/Learning-to-Help-Your-Child-and-Your-Family)
• Parenting a Child with Mental Illness provides helpful advice on a range of topics, including symptoms and treatment (www.healthyplace.com/parenting/; scroll down)
• A wealth of information, advice and resources are available from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/FFF-Guide-Home.aspx ). For example, if you’re concerned about your child’s mental health, reviewing this checklist from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry can help you assess and document your child’s feelings and behavior: http://bit.ly/1VRGq
• A Resource Guide, prepared by SpeakUp!, that is organized by topics that youth feel are important to talk about with their parents is available at https://speakup.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/SpeakUp2017ResourceGuide.pdf.
• Does my child have a mental health, emotional or behavioral disorder? (www.pacer.org/cmh/does-my-child-have-an-emotional-or-behavioral-disorder/)
• Mental Health Screening for youth ages 11-17 or for parents who are concerned that their children may have a problem is available at http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/mental-health-screening-tools .
• Find resources to start a conversation with your child about their mental health via Mental Health America (http://bit.ly/learnmh).
• Mental Health Books for Children and Teens and Their Parents. www.namipamainline.org/mental-health-books-for-children-and-teens-and-their-parents/
• Managing Problem Behavior at Home (https://childmind.org/article/managing-problem-behavior-at-home/)
• NAMI Basics is an education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. This free six-session course is facilitated by trained teachers who are also parents/caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness in childhood. The course provides the fundamentals a caregiver needs for themselves, their family, and their child who is living with a mental illness. For more information, see https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs/NAMI-Basics.
• Information on schooling, case management and behavioral health services in the Philadelphia metropolitan area is available at https://namipamainline.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/ChildAdolMentalHealthResourcesSeptember2013.pdf.
• How to Access Valuable Behavioral Services in PA: Consider Medical Assistance for a Child/Teen with Serious Disability: http://wp.me/P3QT8t-Nc
• Grant Program (Please check back in 2019 – all awards have been granted for 2018.) NAMI PA, Main Line offers small grants (application available at http://tinyurl.com/NAMIpaMainLineGrant) to offset the costs of attending social skills programs that facilitate social skills opportunities for children and teens with mental health needs, information, contact us at 267-251-6240 or coordinator@NAMIpaMainLine.org.
Resources for Helping Siblings of Children/Teens with Mental Health Problems
• Books for children and teens who have a sibling with a mental health condition are listed at: www.namipamainline.org/mental-health-books-for-children-and-teens-and-their-parents/
Additional Resources for Helping Teens with Mental Health Problems
• Crisis Text Line: Free, confidential 24-hour service accessible via text message to number 741-741. Statistics show that only 5% of teens are willing to call phone crisis lines, but they’re more willing to text. 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.
• For Suicide Prevention: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255). How to Help Someone Who is Suicidal (https://www.helpguide.org/articles/suicide-prevention/suicide-prevention.htm)
• OK2TALK: The goal of OK2TALK is to create an online community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourage them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Visit www.ok2talk.org
• NAMI National (www.nami.org; Helpline: 800-273-TALK (8255) offers multiple resources including:
· Teens and Young Adults (including How to Help a Friend and Managing a Mental Health Condition in College; www.nami.org/Find-Support/Teens-Young-Adults)
· What Families Need to Know about Adolescent Depression, (including symptoms of teen depression, suggestions about how parents can communicate effectively with their teen and record symptoms, history, etc., to help a teen get an accurate diagnosis: http://cpancf.com/pdf/namifamilyguidedepressionadolescentsandchildren.pdf
· The Rise of Teen Depression (http://www.johnshopkinshealthreview.com/issues/fall-winter-2017/articles/the-rise-of-teen-depression)
· Your Teenager: Just Moody… Or Something More? (Teens and Anxiety; https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/February-2015/Your-Teenager-Just-Moody-or-Something-More)
• Teen Drug Abuse provides information on symptoms, prevention and treatment (http://www.medicinenet.com/teen_drug_abuse/article.htm). Information to help individuals with substance abuse and mental illness is available at https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Related-Conditions/Dual-Diagnosis and https://www.nami.org/FAQ/Treatment-Referrals-FAQ/How-can-I-get-help-for-my-substance-abuse-issue-an.
• Mental Health First Aid provides multiple guidelines, including Communication with Adolescents (https://mhfa.com.au/resources/mental-health-first-aid-guidelines) This link appears broken but is not.
• Information about detecting and treating Early and First Episode Psychosis is available at https://namipamainline.org/early-and-first-episode-psychosis-what-is-it-and-how-should-it-be-treated/.
• Teen Health and Wellness lists hotlines, help lines, and information lines on topics such as alcohol and drugs, eating disorders, suicide: http://www.teenhealthandwellness.com/static/hotlines#Mentalhealth
• NAMI PA, Main Line (info@NAMIPAMainLine.org) and Minding Your Mind (http://mindingyourmind.org/) provide free speakers on mental health for schools in the greater Philadelphia area. DMAX Foundation (http://www.dmaxfoundation.org/) fosters teen discussion of mental health and works to reduce stigma.
• NAMI’s Say It Out Loud program increases awareness and discussion of mental health conditions among 14-18 year olds:
· poster available at http://bit.ly/1GgZDGU
· video available at https://vimeo.com/121071189
· additional resources available at http://bit.ly/1C9d2xT
• Many additional resources for teens are described in Resources for Transition Age Youth (16-24).
(compiled by NAMI PA, Main Line, https://namipamainline.org/, August, 2017)