Resources for Teens and Parents

Mental Health Resources WebpageFranciscan Children’s, together with McLean Hospital, is the premier provider of pediatric mental health care to children and adolescents experiencing social, emotional or mental health challenges. We provide personalized care to each child so that they can reach their fullest potential and live their best life.

Mental health is as important as physical health. Social, emotional, behavioral and mental health issues can affect a child or teen’s future and should be addressed as early as possible. Below are several resources that can provide education and support for families looking for more information related to mental health.

Understanding Mental Illness

The Warning Signs of Mental Illness

Know the Warning Signs – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Warning Signs of Mental Illness – American Psychiatric Association Foundation

Mental Health Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Youth Suicide Fact Sheet – American Association of Suicidology

College Students & Suicide Fact Sheet – American Association of Suicidology

Suicidal Behavior among LGBTQ Youth Fact Sheet – American Association of Suicidology

Treatment of Mental Illness

Seeking Help

Types of Mental Health Professionals – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Finding a Therapist You Like, a Guide for Youth and Young Adults – Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL)

How to Choose a Psychologist – American Psychological Association

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

How to Find Help through Seeing a Psychologist – American Psychological Association

What do Practicing Psychologists Do? – American Psychological Association

Finding Mental Healthcare for Children of Immigrants – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

 

Treatment

Treatment of Children with Mental Illness – National Institute of Mental Health

Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents: Definition – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents: Different Types – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Beyond Worry: How Psychologists Help with Anxiety Disorders – American Psychologist Association

Overcoming depression: How psychologists help with depressive disorders – American Psychologist Association

 

Support

Questions to Ask before the Psychiatric Hospitalization of your Child or Adolescent – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

How to Help in an Emotional Crisis – American Psychological Association

Resources for Families

Resources for Teens

Understanding Your Mental Health

Change your Mind about Mental Health – American Psychological Association

The Teen Brain:  6 things to Know – National Institute of Mental Health

Getting the Right Start: Student Guide to Mental Health – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

 

Finding Support

Taking Charge of Your Mental Health – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Finding a Therapist You Like – A Guide for Youth and Young Adults – Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL)

 

Peers and Friendship

Friendship and Mental Health – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Want to Know How to Help a Friend? Student Guide to Mental Health – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Responding to Bullying – Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL)

 

Depression and Stress

Teen Depression | Article | Brochure –  National Institute of Mental Health

Teens and Stress: How to Keep Stress in Check – American Psychological Association

 

College

Starting College with a Psychiatric Illness – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Managing a Mental Health Condition in College – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Resources for Parents

Understanding Your Child’s Mental Health

Normal or Not? – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

 

Start a Conversation

Talking to Kids about Mental Illnesses – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Talking to Kids When They Need Help – American Psychological Association

Talking with your children about stress – American Psychological Association

Talking to teens about stress – American Psychological Association

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Disaster and Violence: What parents can do – National Institute of Mental Health

How to Talk to Children About difficult news – American Psychological Association

 

How to Help

Learning to Help Your Child and Your Family – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

How to Help in an Emotional Crisis – American Psychological Association

Helping Children Learn how to Think Positively – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Supporting a Family Member with a Serious Mental illness – American Psychological Association

 

Advocating for Your Child

Advocating for Your Child – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Questions to Ask before the Psychiatric Hospitalization of your Child or Adolescent – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

 

Family Support

When your Child is diagnosed with Chronic Illness: How to Cope – American Psychological Association

Siblings of Explosive Children – Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Network

Resilience Guide for Parents & Teachers – American Psychological Association

Resources by Topic

Anxiety

Anxiety and Children – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Anxiety Disorders – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Coping with Anxiety – Parent/Professional Advisory League (PPAL)

Beyond Worry: How Psychologists Help with Anxiety Disorders – American Psychologist Association

Depression

Overcoming depression: How psychologists help with depressive disorders – American Psychologist Association

Teen Depression | Article | Brochure – National Institute of Mental Health

Depression in Children and Teens – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Depression and Suicide Risk – American Association of Suicidology

Suicide

If you or your child is in crisis, immediately call 911 for emergency services or go directly to a hospital emergency room. For 24-hour support, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor.


Awareness and Prevention

Suicide Prevention – American Psychiatric Association

Preventing Suicide – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Suicide Awareness and Prevention – Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL)

Suicide Statistics – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

 

Warning Signs

Risk Factors for Suicide and Suicidal Behaviors – American Association of Suicidology

Risk Factors and Warning Signs – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

 

Other Suicide Resources

Teen Suicide – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

NIMH answers questions about suicide – National Institute of Mental Health

Understanding and Helping the Suicidal Individual – American Association of Suicidology

Self-Injury in Adolescents – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Other Mental Health Conditions and Related Topics (A to Z)

A

ADHD and the Brain – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Asperger’s Disorder – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Attachment Disorders – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) 

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Autism Spectrum Disorders – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Autism Spectrum Disorder – National Institute of Mental Health


B

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens – National Institute of Mental Health

Bullying – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)


C

Conduct Disorder – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

 

G

Grief and Children – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)


H

How to cope when a loved one has a serious mental illness – American Psychological Association


M

Mental Illness in Families – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Middle School Malaise – American Psychological Association


O

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Children and Adolescents – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Oppositional Defiant Disorder – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)


P

PANDAS – Questions and Answers – National Institute of Mental Health

Panic Disorder in Children and Adolescents – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)


S

Schizophrenia in Children – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Self-Injury in Adolescents – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Sleep Problems – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Supporting a family member with serious mental illness – American Psychological Association


T

Talking with your children about stress – American Psychological Association

Talking to teens about stress  – American Psychological Association

Teens and Stress: How to Keep Stress in Check – American Psychological Association

Too Stressed to Sleep – American Psychological Association

Trauma and Your Family – National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Trauma: Helping Young Children Who Have Been Exposed to Trauma: For Families and Caregivers –  National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Traumatic Stress: A guide for Parents – National Child Traumatic Stress Network

If you or your child is in crisis, immediately call 911 for emergency services or go directly to a hospital emergency room. For 24-hour support, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor.

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