online resources

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Resources for helping you help your child.

The Child Anxiety Network – provides thorough, user-friendly information about child anxiety and direction for those who are not sure where to turn when a child in their life may need professional help to cope with anxiety.

Jim Eisenreich Foundation for children with tourette syndrome – a resource for parents of  kids with TS

Mental Health First Aid – Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

Mental Health Policy and Outreach – This resource contains infographics, videos, and online resources, specifically related to children’s mental health in Iowa, mental health in the justice system and mental health in the schools.

Reachout.com – Resources for helping parents support their teenagers through everyday issues and tough times.

Teenmentalhealth.org – Offers nearly all of their resources, reports, and publications free of charge. They are categorized by who could use them, what they represent and the modality they present in. Please feel free to explore all of the resources to better understand how we use a holistic perspective in our work with a singular focus on bettering the lives of our youth.

Understood.org Get personalized recommendations for you and your child on learning and attention issues. https://www.understood.org/en (website available in English and Spanish).

Resources for children, adolescents and young adults.

JED Mental Health Resource Center – Expert information and resources to help teens and young adults navigate life’s challenges

Half of Us  – A Campaign by the JED foundation and MTVU  to start conversations about emotional health and encourage students to take action to help themselves and their friends. Website includes video and online content that highlights real stories and issues college students face.

Jim Eisenreich Foundation for children with tourette syndrome – a resource for kids with TS

Kidshealth: Feelings – Resources for kids about feelings related to school, home & family, friends, emotions & behaviors, and thoughts.

OK2TALK.org – The goal of OK2TALK is to create a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourage them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Anyone can add their voice by sharing creative content such as poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support in a safe, moderated space. We hope this is the first step towards getting help and feeling better.

Set to Go: A JED Program – Preparing for college is more than just academics and testing. Being emotionally ready creates the greatest opportunity for success. There are skills that will help you thrive as you get ready to leave high school. Here you’ll find information, tools and guidance to help you feel Set to Go – whether you go to college or straight to a career.

TAA Youth Ambassador Program brings together, trains and supports teens to advocate for and talk about Tourette and Tic Disorders in their community, with their elected officials and before their peers at school, sports leagues, scout troops, camps and after-school programs. They also have the opportunity to discuss Tourette and Tic Disorders in Congress during their “Trip to the Hill.”

TeensHealth.org – Resources for teens  on keeping their mind healthy, topics include relationships, body image, families, emotions, and particular mental health diagnoses.

Youth Move National –  a youth driven, chapter-based organization dedicated to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.

Youth Mental Health Advocacy Organizations

Child Mind Institute – An independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children struggling with mental health and learning disorders.

Children’s Mental Health Network –  provides weekly news and unbiased analysis of key issues focused on children, youth and families’ mental health and well-being.

JED – a national nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.

Mental Health America – the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health works to develop and implement policies, legislation, funding mechanisms, and service systems that utilize the strengths of families. Its emphasis on advocacy offers families a voice in the formation of national policy, services and supports for children with mental health needs and their families.

The Tourette Association of America (formerly known as the Tourette Syndrome Association) has emerged as the premier national non-profit organization working to make life better for all people affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders.

Young Minds Advocacy San Francisco based organization (with offices across the West/Southwest), Young Minds Advocacy works to help young people and their families address unmet mental health needs within their communities.  Through the use of policy research and advocacy, impact litigation, and strategic communications, they work to change attitudes towards mental health and break down barriers to mental health care for young people and their families.

Youth Move National –  a youth driven, chapter-based organization dedicated to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.

Mental Health Stories

I Jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge – The Kevin Hines Story about surviving a suicide attempt.

Mental Health Team Awareness Video – Created by a group of high-school students to end stigma and increase awareness

Mental Health Team Awareness Assembly Video – Created by a group of high-school students to end stigma and increase awareness

The NoStigmas Project – Documenting the lives of the NoStigmas community through stories, creative works & advocacy related to mental illness and suicide.

Restraint and Seclusion: Hear our Stories –  by Dan Habib, Youth share their stories about being restrained and secluded in schools.

TeenMentalHealth.org – Digital Storytelling by youth about their experiences living with a mental disorder.