Check out these resources for adolescent mental health services:
- 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 your problems and get support.
Learn more about adolescent mental health changes and specific mental health disorders:
- Check out OAH’s library of federal adolescent health resources on mental health in general, and those specific to mental health disorders.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has information about mental health changes in early adolescence and middle or older adolescence, as well as a number of resources on suicide prevention. Feelin' Frazzled...? from the CDC provides tips and tools to help teens deal with stress and high pressure situations.
- The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) provides a number of resources, including fact sheets on brain development and mental health disorders in adolescence, information on the science of adolescent brain development, and frequently asked questions on the treatment of children with mental illness.
- SAMHSA supports the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, which helps organizations and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions, and policies. This toolkit from SAMHSA lays out risk factors, warning signs, and data to specifically help high school teachers, counselors, and administrators prevent suicide.
- GirlsHealth.gov, from the Office on Women’s Health, offers tip sheets about adolescents and their feelings, including “How to know if your ‘blues’ are depression.”
Mental Health America. (2013). Depression in Teens. Retrieved December 26, 2014 http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/depression-teens