Extend meaningful discussions around mental health from the classroom to the home by engaging parents and caregivers with these free resources.

Every parent or caregiver can spread a message of hope and protect those who need it most. By connecting classroom education with family education and engagement, building a supportive and inclusive school building becomes more well-rounded. Get involved in creating real and hopeful conversations around mental health in your school community. In doing so you will help teens speak openly and get the support they need. 

The Parent Handbook on Childhood and Teen Depression

This downloadable free resource was written by parents for parents to learn about depression, treatment, coping and support. This free, easy-to-read book in both English and Spanish is a starting point for you to learn how to help.

The Parent Handbook Bookmark

Looking for a way to refer people to the Parent Handbook? Download and print our Parent Handbook bookmark, which has information in both English and Spanish and provides information on how to access this resource. This is a great handout for schools, clinics and other settings.

Depression Discussion Guide

The Depression Discussion Guide along with handouts, tools and other resources that can support parent education and engagement.

Family Workshops

Family workshops were developed by the National PTA. These Family-School Community Conversation workshops help families support teens experiencing depression. Our ready-to-use tools can help build a positive mental health culture in your school community. The workshops are discussion-based events around mental health through shinelightondepression.org.

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