To be crystal clear: I am not a mental health professional, and nothing on this site is meant to be a substitute for professional evaluation and help.

Please do not believe the lie that needing help means you are weak. In fact, asking for support is one of the  most courageous things we can do in this lifetime. (Just ask those of us who have done it; it takes more courage than ever so many other things.)

If you need professional help, get it. There is no shame in that. It doesn’t mean that you are a bad parent, that your child is a failure, or that your life is a waste or a joke or beyond repair.

We’ve heard all the excuses before. We’ve even used them. Don’t hide behind them. Welcome to the human race. We all need help sometimes.

You may find the following links helpful. Please do not consider this as an endorsement or guarantee for any of the listed resources. This is simply my attempt to gather together some information that may be useful to you.

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It would be great if you’d hop over to the Help To Hope Facebook page and click on the “Like” button. You will find ongoing posts of resources and information regarding issues you and your teen may be facing. It’s not fluff stuff, it’s real stuff.

For a list of general mental health links, visit the Stand Up For Mental Health Campaign. There are eight pages of resources here, folks. {Also, if you want to grab a nifty campaign button for your own website, blog, or social media page, go to my home page and click on the button. It will take you where you need to go.}

To help you through a crisis, here is list of Hotline Numbers for all manner of challenges and crises.

If you or a loved one prefer texting instead of making a phone call, try the Crisis Text Line. Text CTL to 741741.This is a toll-free text line, available 24/7 all across the U.S. They can help address many difficulties you may be facing.

On-line chat support and other resources for suicide education and prevention can be found through Kristin Brooks Hope Center. Another trusted source for suicide prevention and awareness is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

If you have lost someone to suicide, you can start to find help at AFSP’s page about grieving.

If you want to learn more about Eating Disorders, NEDA is a great place to start.

Information regarding self-injury (cutting, burning, biting, bruising, etc) can be found at  S.A.F.E. Alternatives, Self Injury Foundation and Self Injury Outreach and Support.

This HealthyPlace page offers some great links to help address self-harm issues. There are links for professional help, self help, and peer support.

To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) can link to you resources for many issues such as depression, self harm, and abuse, and also offers a substance abuse treatment locator.

NAMI is a fantastic place to learn about all manner of mental and emotional health issues. You can find resources for education, family & peer support, and advocacy. Contact your local NAMI affiliate to find out about support group meetings for family and friends, as well as NAMI Connection Support Groups and Treatment and Services for those living with mental health issues.

NAMI’s Family-to-Family classes are offered in hundreds of communities
across the U.S., in two Canadian provinces, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. This is a program designed specifically to support family members of those struggling with mental and emotional health issues. If you don’t see what you need on the NAMI site, please call your local chapter and talk to someone in person to see how they can help or refer you.

The Balanced Mind Parent Network works to guide families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support and stability they seek. It is a non-profit that envisions a world where children living with mood disorders thrive because their families have the resources, community and support they need.

NIMH is another resource for info on many issues, ranging from Eating Disorders to ADD/ADHD, Bipolar, Depression, Autism, Schizophrenia, and more.

SAMHSA can help with a 24/7 treatment referral line, and offers the ability to search for topics, publications, and data concerning substance abuse as well as behavioral and mental health.

I happen to live in the US, but if you don’t here is a list that includes some international suicide crisis lines. It’s not an exhaustive list, but it’s a start. And for good measure, here is another link with international suicide prevention resources.

Here are some good Facebook pages/groups for you to check out. Please keep in mind that they come from different perspectives and I offer them to you in the spirit of knowledge and support:

Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid is a great Facebook page that’s basically a parent peer support group. (You will find plenty of laughter, compassion, wisdom, and support from these incredible people!)

Child Mind Institute can be a good source of information.

The Mindstorm offers info and a blog link.

The Parents of Young Adults Who Struggle Facebook page is geared specifically to those parents whose kids are of legal adult age.


If you know of other resources that you think would be of benefit, please contact me at and let me know. I’ll check them out.

© Monica Simpson and Help To Hope, 2013

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