There are so many great resources available online today where you can quickly and easily find information to help you better understand your child’s mental health needs and we have shared some of our favorites below. Check back often as we will be adding resources as we go. If you are unable to find what you are looking for or have trouble accessing information online please call the ACMH office and we’ll send you information instead. Also if you know of a great resource you think we should add to our list let us know in the reply box below and will see about getting it added. Happy Reading!
If you are in a crisis, or know someone who needs help now
Dial or Text 988
Or to chat click Lifeline Chat
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a network of local crisis centers that provide free & confidential support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What Happens When You Call The Lifeline?
New MDHHS Suicide Prevention Website was recently updated and includes a variety of resources and information for individuals who are having thoughts of suicide or know a loved one who is in crisis. Resources include a communications toolkit, a county map of coalitions and crisis lines, fact sheets, trainings and information about the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Suicide Awareness, Prevention & Support Resources for Families
SAVE Suicide Awareness Voices of Education Publications/Resources:
Children’s Mental Health Sites We Like
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at www.aacap.org
Anxiety & Depression Association of America, ADAA at: www.adaa.org
Autism Alliance of Michigan at www.autismallianceofmichigan.org
The Balanced Mind Network at www.thebalancedmind.org
C.H.A.D.D. Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder at: www.chadd.org
Child Mind Institute at www.childmind.org
Child Study Center at www.aboutourkids.org/families
Children’s Mental Health Network at www.cmhnetwork.org
Kids Mental Health Information Portal: www.kidsmentalhealth.org
National Institute of Mental Health at www.nimh.nih.gov
Psych Central at www.psychcentral.com/disorders
SAMHSA, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Administration at: www.samhsa.gov
Teen Health at: http://kidshealth.org/teen/
Other Sites & Topics of Interest:
**Links and resources in this section are currently being updated.
Know Bullying App SAMHSA
Early Childhood Resources:
Mental Health in Schools:
SchoolMentalHealth.org offers resources for parents, clinicians, educators, administrators, and even students on mental health topics. The information on this site is based on current research.
Drugfree.org or the Partnership for Drug-free Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing teen substance abuse and helping families impacted by addiction. Their website has a wealth of information that families need to understand the ever-changing drug and substance use landscape.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens (http://teens.drugabuse.gov): Provides information and resources to students and their parents about drugs and neuroscience, and supports educators and parents to facilitate student learning.
SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” Campaign (http://www.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking): Provides information about the dangers of underage drinking and gives families and communities prevention tips.
Addiction Resource Guide For Kids and Parents from CharlottesWeb.com
The Importance of Teen Substance Abuse Prevention from Addiction Center
Alltreatment.com is a new resource where you can locate Teen Alcohol & Substance Use Treatment Centers near you as well as addiction information and resources.
Support for Siblings:
Sibling Support Project is a national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns.
Transition Age Youth:
Going to College: a Resource Guide for Teens with Disabilities
**One important thing to keep in mind when looking at information is that all children and youth are not alike . One child with bipolar disorder may have an entirely different experience than another child with the same condition and one suggestion may work for one child and family and not for another. So it is very important for you to consider the information you read as general guidelines. Your child’s condition may not be like everything you read. If you have additional questions about what you read feel free to call ACMH today!
TRAUMA: The National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative recently released new infographics to try to understand Child Trauma. Click the links below to learn more:
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: Do you know what to do in the case of natural or other disaster? See resources below to help create a plan for you and your family in case the unexpected happens!
Mental Health America : Offers tips on how parents can help their children thrive in a high school setting and links to external resources that further explain the psychological development of young people at this age. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/back-school