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Resources For Parents: Where to Go For Support With Your Teen’s Mental Health

Where to Go For Support With Teen and Tween Mental Health

Adolescence can be a challenging time, marked by numerous stressors and emotional changes. The pressure to fit in, perform well academically, navigate social relationships, and cope with physical and emotional changes can all contribute to feelings of distress and vulnerability. It’s crucial for parents and caregivers to recognize the signs of depression and suicidal thoughts in our tweens and teens and to know where to turn for resources and support.

Recognizing the Signs

It’s important to be vigilant about the warning signs of depression and suicidal thoughts in our tweens and teens. While some signs may seem subtle or easily dismissed, they can indicate serious underlying issues. 

Signs to watch for include:

  • Persistent sadness or moodiness
  • Withdrawal from social activities
  • Changes in sleep patterns (excessive sleep or insomnia)
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Sudden changes in weight or appetite
  • Expressing feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Talking about death or suicide

Immediate Assistance

If you or someone you know has harmed his or herself or is in immediate risk of harm, CALL 911 immediately. 

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, CALL the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline- 

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Chat 

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Chat is a service that provides immediate support and assistance to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis or thoughts of suicide. By dialing 988 or accessing the online crisis chat, individuals can connect with trained counselors who offer confidential support and guidance. This service is available 24/7 and aims to help individuals in distress navigate their emotions, access resources, and receive the help they need during challenging times. for free and confidential support from trained counselors. 

OR, TEXT the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741 in the U.S.

Crisis Text Line is a valuable service that provides free, 24/7 support for individuals in crisis via text message. Its trained Crisis Counselors can help with a wide range of issues, including mental health crises, emotional support, and safety planning. Crisis Text Line is confidential, and you can reach out at any time you need support.

Additional Support and Resources

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In addition to crisis intervention, several organizations provide ongoing support and resources for individuals and families dealing with mental health challenges:

  • Support Group Central: Offers virtual support groups on various mental health conditions, including free or low-cost options. 
  • The Tribe Wellness Community: Provides free online peer support groups for individuals facing mental health challenges and difficult family dynamics. 
  • Child Mind Institute: This organization provides comprehensive resources and information for parents dealing with children’s mental health issues. They offer articles, guides, and expert advice on various topics related to mental health.
  • The Jason Foundation: Focuses on youth suicide prevention through educational programs and resources for parents, educators, and young people. 
  • Challenge Success:  believes our society has become too focused on grades, test scores, and performance, leaving little time for kids to develop the necessary skills to become resilient, ethical, and motivated learners. They provide families and schools with the practical, research-based tools they need to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for kids.
  • School counselors and mental health professionals are available in many schools to provide support and guidance. You can share your concerns about your tween or teen with them and ask for advice, support, or referrals to mental health services. Encourage your tween or teen to reach out directly to these professionals if they are struggling.

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