Mental Health Resources

Updated February 2013There are many, many organizations and groups that deal with mental health. This page will help you find the one or ones that offer the type of assistance, intervention, or information you're seeking. Also be sure to check the Related Information on the right sidebar!We've organized the information into the following sections:If it's a crisis...NICHCY quick connectionsBe sure to come hereFind mental health servicesMental health … [Read more...]

Virtual Toolbox for Mental Health in Schools

This online toolbox brings together resources developed by the National Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA. The contents of the toolbox may be useful to any school practitioner and those involved in pre-and inservice professional development programs. … [Read more...]

Entering the world of work: What youth with mental health needs should know about accommodations

Starting a job can be difficult for any young person. If you happen to have a hidden disability, such as a mental health impairment, a new workplace can be overwhelming.  Along with questions about the job itself, you may have questions about when and how to disclose your disability. You may wonder if it is appropriate to ask for modifications in your new work setting. This fact sheet provides guidance to assist you with a successful transition into … [Read more...]

Successful Transition Models for Youth with Mental Health Needs: A Guide for Workforce Professionals

This InfoBrief describes the systems’ service barriers faced by youth with mental health needs as they reach adulthood, while highlighting new models and strategies designed to break down those barriers and help them to transition successfully into the workplace. … [Read more...]

First-Ever Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health

The 500-page publication, Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General, defines mental disorders as diagnosable conditions that impair thinking, feeling and behavior, and interfere with a person's capacity to be productive and enjoy fulfilling relationships. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) worked with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to develop the report under the guidance of the Surgeon General. … [Read more...]

Choosing the right treatment: What families need to know about evidence-based practice

This guide from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is designed to inform families about evidence-based practices (EBPs) in children’s mental health and to share information on an array of treatment and support options. … [Read more...]

Children’s mental health: What every policymaker should know

This policy brief presents statistics about the extent of child and adolescent mental health challenges in the United States; the difficulties these children confront in school and in child welfare and juvenile justice systems; the barriers that can prevent access to services; and weaknesses in the service-delivery system. The brief recommends policy strategies to enhance mental health for children, adolescents, and families. (Posted, June 2011)  … [Read more...]

The seven ingredients of resilience: Information for parents

You’ve probably heard of the 3 Rs: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic—a focus of education. What about the fourth R—Resilience? Resilience is the ability to bounce back from setbacks, learn from failure, be motivated by challenges, and believe in your own abilities to deal with the stress and difficulties in life. Children can learn—from their parents, teachers, and coaches—how to develop the skills of resilience.   … [Read more...]

Primer for mental health practitioners working with youth involved in the juvenile justice system

This 28-page guide provides an overview for mental health practitioners working with youth involved in the juvenile justice system, emphasizing emerging research and practices, the conceptualization of trauma and its impact on youth in the justice system, and implications for policy and practice. (posted April 6, 2012) … [Read more...]

How to help someone with a mental illness

As this article says, it’s really tough to weather the storms of a mental illness. It’s tough for the person with the illness, and it’s tough for those around them. Need insight into how to help--what to say, what not to say or do? (posted April 6, 2012) … [Read more...]

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