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Check out these resources for adolescent mental health services:
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides the Mental Health Services Locator, an online, map-based program visitors can use to find facilities in their vicinity. Local organizations may be particularly helpful for addressing the mental health needs of adolescents in a specific community.
- Adolescents (or anyone) in suicidal crisis or emotional distress can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK. Calls made to this 24-hour hotline are routed to the caller’s nearest crisis center.
- YouMatter is a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline site for young adults, complete with a blog where visitors can share problems and receive support.
Learn more about adolescent access to mental health services:
- Check out OAH’s library of federal adolescent health resources on mental health in general, and those specific to access to mental health services.
- Now is the Time: The President’s Plan to Protect Our Children and Our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence. Of the four steps proposed in the President’s plan, one is increasing access to mental health services and making sure adolescents and young adults receive treatment for mental health issues.
- SAMHSA supports the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, which helps organizations and individuals develop suicide prevention programs, interventions, and policies.
- SAMHSA also maintains an online library of free publications and resources, with over 200 products focused on adolescent behavioral health issues, and a resource list for the prevention of substance abuse and mental illness.
- Costello, E. J., He, J. P., Sampson, N. A., Kessler, R. C., & Merikangas, K. R. (2013). Services for adolescents with psychiatric disorders: 12-month data from the National Comorbidity Survey–Adolescent.Psychiatric Services, 65(3), 459.
- Child Trends. (2014). Child Trends analysis of 2013 National Health Interview Survey data. Bethesda, MD.
- Schwarz, S. W. (2009). Adolescent mental health in the United States: Facts for Policymakers. Retrieved February 16, 2016, from http://nccp.org/publications/pdf/text_878.pdf
- Mustanski, B. S., Garofalo, R., & Emerson, E. M. (2010). Mental health disorders, psychological distress, and suicidality in a diverse sample of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.American Journal of Public Health, 100(12), 2426-2432.
- Morrow, S., & Howell, E. (2010). State mental health systems for children. Washington, DC: Urban Institute.
- United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. (2010). Opening doors: Federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, executive summary. Retrieved February 16, 2016, from http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/docs/OpeningDoors2010FSP.pdf