Websites and Links
Below you will find various links to websites to help you and your family or organization. Would you like to share a link? Let us know.
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
The Alliance is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing programs and activities aimed at outreach, education, early intervention, and advocacy for all eating disorders.
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Provides information for psychiatrists and families about developmental, behavioral, emotional and mental disorders affecting children and adolescents. Contains a link to “Facts for Families,” which contain information on topics such as childhood mental health disorders, where to find help, bullying, and teen substance use. Facts for Families
American Psychological Association
APA is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families.
Provides information on resources, advocacy, and local chapters.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
A leading advocate for people with mental health disabilities with a mission to protect and advance the rights of adults and children
Beach Center on Disability
Information and additional resources on mental health disabilities for families provided by the University of Kansas
Non-profit organization providing an internet-based system of information and referral for parents and professionals seeking help for children from birth through transition to adult life.
Bring Change 2 Mind
Here’s a great new resource to combat mental health stigma.
Building Bridges is a national initiative working to identify and promote practice and policy that will create strong and closely coordinated partnerships and collaborations between families, youth, community – and residentially – based treatment and service providers, advocates and policy makers to ensure that comprehensive mental health services and supports are available to improve the lives of young people and their families.
Caring for Every Child's Mental Health
The Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health. Learn about the annual National Childrens' Mental Health Awareness campaign and access resources about children's mental health.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Children’s Mental Health
The CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.
Center for Effective Collaborative Practice
It is the mission of the Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice to support and promote a reoriented national preparedness to foster the development and the adjustment of children with or at risk of developing serious emotional disturbance. To achieve that goal, the Center is dedicated to a policy of collaboration at Federal, state, and local levels that contributes to and facilitates the production, exchange, and use of knowledge about effective practices.
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services- SAMHSA’s National Mental Health Information Center
Center for Parent Information and Resources
The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
The Center is a research, training, and service organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons who have psychiatric disabilities.
Cerebral Palsy Group
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation
Provides information about child and adolescent bipolar disorder, along with a listing of resources and on-line support groups.
Child Mind Institute
If you have a child struggling with mental health or learning challenges, getting sound, clear information is the first step to getting good care. The Child Mind Institute aims to empower you with the resources you need to make good decisions for your child. Whether you're investigating your concerns or researching a particular diagnosis, we offer the most current thinking from experts and the experience of families who've been through it.
The nation’s leading nonprofit research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives and prospects of children, youth, and their families. For 37 years, decision makers have relied on our rigorous research, unbiased analyses, and clear communications to improve public policies and interventions that serve children and families.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. We feature the latest on topics from prevention to permanency, including child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption.
Child Welfare League of America
CWLA is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families since 1920. Our expertise, leadership and innovation on policies, programs, and practices help improve the lives of millions of children in all 50 states.
Children’s Mental Health Network
The Children’s Mental Health Network provides weekly news and unbiased analysis of key issues focused on children, youth and families’ mental health and well-being.
Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance (DBSA)
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the nation’s leading patient-directed organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses – depression and bipolar disorder. The organization fosters an understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically-based tools and information written in language the general public can understand. DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments and discover a cure. The organization works to ensure that people living with mood disorders are treated equitably.
Disabilities Resource Page
A central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), to better serve families of children with disabilities.
FAPE.org, a PACER Center website, provides parents, educators, service providers, and policymakers with important national news and information related to improving educational outcomes for children with disabilities.
Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health-
FREDLA – Family Run Executive Leadership Association
The Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) serves as the national representative and advocate for family-run organizations and their executive directors, and supports effective stewardship of family-run organizations.
Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.
From how-to guides to sample training materials, we provide you with the tools to create gender inclusive environments in your homes, offices, and communities.
Heads Together is a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services.
HealthyChildren.org is the only parenting website backed by 66,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
Illinois Children's Mental Health
The Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership (ICMHP) is the only statewide, public/private partnership of policymakers and advocates in Illinois committed to improving the scope, quality, and access of mental health programs, services, and supports for children.
Kids As Self Advocates (KASA)
Link: KASA Resources – tip sheets and guides written by youth, for youth.
Representing the voice of youth living with disabilities and chronic health conditions. KASA empowers youth to share their message with other youth who have disabilities or chronic health conditions, as well as with friends and peers.
Mary Ellen Copeland (Mental Health Recovery and WRAP)
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan®, or WRAP®, is an evidence based system that is used world-wide by people who are dealing with mental health and other kinds of health challenges, and by people who want to attain the highest possible level of wellness.
Men’s Health Network
There is an ongoing, increasing and predominantly silent crisis in the health and well-being of men. Due to a lack of awareness, poor health education, and culturally induced behavior patterns in their work and personal lives, men's health and well-being are deteriorating steadily. Men's Health Network (MHN) was created to address the growing men's health crisis.
Mental Health America
Mental Health America is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service.
MentalHealth.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information.
Mental Health Guide
A guide to help identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues for college students.
Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network
Recent research shows that 70 percent of youth in the juvenile justice system meet the criteria for at least one mental health disorder such as major depression, bipolar disorder or anxiety conditions. Many of these youth land in the juvenile justice system because their conditions are unrecognized, community services aren’t available, or systems aren’t coordinating effectively to put the right support in place. The mental health/juvenile justice action network was established in 2007 to forge and implement innovative solutions for better identifying and treating youth with mental health needs in the juvenile justice system.
NADD is a not-for-profit membership association established for professionals, care providers and families to promote understanding of and services for individuals who have developmental disabilities and mental health needs.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
Founded in 1959 and based in Alexandria, VA, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) represents the $41 billion public mental health service delivery system serving 7.5 million people annually in all 50 states, 4 territories, and the District of Columbia. NASMHPD (pronounced "NASH-bid") is the only national association to represent state mental health commissioners/directors and their agencies.
National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice was founded in 2001 to provide a national focal point aimed at improving policies and programs for youth with mental health disorders in contact with the juvenile justice system.
National Center for Learning Disabilities
The mission of NCLD is to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. The NCLD works to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
To improve family recovery, safety and stability by advancing practices and collaboration among agencies, organizations and courts working with families affected by substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders and child abuse or neglect.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The more you learn about how traumatic events affect children, the more you will understand the reasons for your kids' behaviors, and emotions, and the better prepared you will be to help them cope. When you let your children know that you and other caring adults are working to keep them safe, that you are there to support them, and that there are people who can help them with what they are feeling, most children who have traumatic stress can recover and go on to live healthy and productive lives.
National Council for Behavioral Health
The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations.
National Directory of Family-Run & Youth-Guided Organizations for Children’s Behavioral Health
The Directory provides contact information for family and youth organizations and support groups seeking to connect with other family and youth organizations; assists families and youth in locating other organizations’ websites; helps families, system of care planners, and practitioners to identify existing family-run and youth-guided organizations and the types of services and supports provided; and, provides the latest and most accurate information on family-run and youth-guided organizations whose focus is on children’s behavioral health issues
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
NICHCY is a national clearinghouse for families and professionals that offers information about disabilities and related services, assists with referrals, produces state resource sheets that provide contacts for disability related services and programs in each state, and publishes a newsletter.
National Indian Child Welfare Association
The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is a national voice for American Indian children and families. We are the most comprehensive source of information on American Indian child welfare and the only national American Indian organization focused specifically on the tribal capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
NIMH offers expert-reviewed information on mental disorders, a range of related topics, and the latest mental health research. Use our A to Z list to find basic information on signs and symptoms, risk factors, treatment, and current clinical trials
National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse
The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse is a consumer-run national technical assistance center serving the mental health consumer movement. We help connect individuals to self-help and advocacy resources, and we offer expertise to self-help groups and other peer-run services for mental health consumers.
National Online Safety
National Online Safety's suite of learning materials, classroom resources and lesson plans help teachers educate children about how to stay safe online.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/#
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 160 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.
National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health
The TA Center is a component of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) and is housed within the Department of Pediatrics of the Georgetown University Medical Center. The TA Center has provided the vision, leadership, knowledge base, to the field to build comprehensive community service delivery systems for children with mental health and/or substance abuse needs, and their families.
National Wraparound Initiative
Wraparound is an intensive, holistic method of engaging with children, youth, and their families so that they can live in their homes and communities and realize their hopes and dreams.
The Odyssey Foundation is committed to reducing childhood obesity and other childhood illnesses that affect the growth and development of children. Additionally, we provide resources to families of children with autism spectrum disorders.
Office of Adolescent Health
Adolescent health spans many areas, from mental and physical health to healthy relationships. The choices made and behaviors adopted during these years affect adolescents' overall wellbeing and, potentially, their health throughout their lives. OAH currently monitors five areas of adolescent health: reproductive health, mental health, physical health, substance abuse, and relationships.
On Our Sleeves - Find Children's Mental Health Resources Nationally and By State
Looking for behavioral health resources in your state? On Our Sleeves has put together 50 states of resources, including an interactive map, to help individuals and families to access behavioral health care providers in or near their communities.
PACER Center, “Champions for Children with Disabilities”
PACER Center offers free workshops throughout Minnesota to parents of children with disabilities and the professionals working with families. Workshop topics include areas of interest in special education, including information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) program, early childhood, the area of transition for students 14-21 (housing, post secondary, employment, and community), assistive technology, and many more!
Parent to Parent USA
Parent to Parent USA has been providing emotional and informational support to the families of children with special needs, most notably through the one-to-one matching of parents seeking support with an experienced, trained ‘Support Parent’. Delaware Family Voices is the official Delaware Parent to Parent program and alliance member of Parent to Parent USA.
PAXIS Institute identifies and connects the best science and wisdom to maximize the peace, productivity, health and happiness of individuals, families, organizations and communities everywhere. It seeks to identify tools and strategies that have both rapid and long-term benefits for all our futures, not just the few or one group over another.
Helping children and families recover after stressful or traumatic events by using story, clinical psychology and cute characters.
ReachOut is an information and support service that uses evidence based principles and technology to help teens and young adults who are facing tough times and struggling with mental health issues.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health.
StartYourRecovery.org is a website that was developed to bring together experts in substance use treatment from leading nonprofit, academic, and government institutions. Their goal is to offer people who are dealing with substance use issues a single source of reputable, objective information about signs, conditions, treatment options, and resources - presented in a user-friendly format and in language that’s easy to understand.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
TeamChild’s work is grounded in our Core Values and commitment to making sure that we are all listening to young people’s perspectives and voices and including them in making decisions about their lives
Parents want the best for their children. We do, too. For the first time ever, 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey.
Information regarding special education law and advocacy for children.
Site for youth looking at transition issues
Youth Mental Health Project
The Youth Mental Health Project is a group of individuals who believe that mental health is imperative to all health. They empower young people, parents, and caring adults with the practical knowledge, support and resources they need to nurture their children’s mental health and intervene when they recognize warning signs.
Youth Move National
Youth M.O.V.E National is a youth led national organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.
Zero Suicide is a key concept of the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, a priority of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance), a project of Education Development Center's Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), and supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The foundational belief of Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths for individuals under care within health and behavioral health systems are preventable.