Community Resources

Resources for Teen and Adolescent Depression:

  • The Parents Project is a great resource for any adult who works with, cares for, or lives with LGBTQ youth, full of important terms and helpful, viewer-friendly videos.
  • This is an important article from The Jed Foundation about accessing mental health care while at college, including what mental health initiatives to look for on college campuses.
  • The Simple Dollar is a great resource if you or your child is struggling with mental illness and you are considering applying for Social Security benefits. You can find out more about how these benefits work, and use their calculator to figure out your potential benefits.

Resources for LGBTQ:

  • The Trevor Project’s website is full of resources for LGBTQ youth, their allies, parents, caregivers, and teachers regarding depression and good mental health. The Trevor Project also has a helpline for LGBTQ youth.
  • The well-known “It Gets Better” project is a symbol of hope and help for the LGBTQ community; a great place to find videos, inspiration, and hope.
  • The Gender Centre site contains a lot of great information about gender identity and has useful information about depression in transgender individuals.

Resources on Violence & Trauma:

  • Make the Connection is a great resource for veterans, as well as friends and family of veterans and active duty military personnel. Learn how to recognize the symptoms of PTSD and depression within the military community and how to get help for yourself or someone you care about.
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network is a very information-laden site full of great fact-sheets about trauma of all kinds, as well as what supportive resources exist.

Resources on Bullying, Cyber-bullying, & Teen Dating Violence:

  • The Love is Respect website teaches teenagers about healthy relationships and the importance of self-care. The website also offers information for both teachers and parents so that they can be educated about teenage dating violence and what to do if they see a teenager in an unhealthy situation.
  • A Thin Line is a campaign created by MTV to give insight into the different types of cyberbullying. Adolescents can gain a firm understanding on what is okay and what is considered crossing the line, how they can stand up for themselves, as well as finding out where they can go if they need help to fight cyberbullying.
  • Stomp Out Bullying is a nationwide campaign to stop bullying within schools. Through this website, teenagers will receive information about all different types of bullying and they will have access to a confidential chat line. There is also a toolkit for teachers that can help them stomp out bullying in their classroom.

Resources for Racial/Ethnic Minorities:

  • NAMI provides wonderful materials about mental health in minority communities, including activities, information, and suggestions for addressing depression and other mental illnesses in a culturally sensitive way.
  • This is a great resource from the National Indian Child Welfare Association for individuals and school personnel who are looking for information or ideas about preventing suicide and addressing depression in the Native American population– a population that is disproportionately at risk for depression and suicide.
  • The NKI Center of Excellence in Culturally Competent Mental Health is a great place to learn about the ways that depression can occur in different racial, ethnic, and religious groups, as well as what differences exist in the way it is treated in those communities. It is a great starting place for understanding how cultural factors influence depression.

Other Mental Illness & Depression (Including Substance Abuse):

  • Specifically geared towards teens, ReachOut provides easy-to-read, highly helpful information about depression and other mental illnesses, specifically as they relate to teens. Read real stories, get the facts, and/or get help for yourself or a friend.
  • The Help Guide is full of useful information, most especially about the co-occurrence of depression and substance abuse. They provide hope and help to those struggling with one mental illness or several.
  • The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance’s website is full of great information about depression, bipolar, and other mental illness, including substance abuse. There is information about each mental illness individually, as well as information about dual diagnoses and co-occurring illnesses.

Resources on Loss & Family Change:

  • Grief.com is a website that lists a variety of different types of bereavement groups, indicating that the more specific the group, the better. There are also instructions on how to find a bereavement group in your local area.
  • Hello Grief offers articles for teenagers, parents, and everyone in between on how to deal with grief at various stages throughout life. There are tips on how to handle the grief that comes along with holidays and how to talk to your loved ones about the grief you’re feeling. The resources page also lists different grief groups within every state.
  • The Teens Health website gives advice to adolescents whose parents are going through a divorce. The website discusses how divorce might change the adolescent’s life and what adolescents can do to make the change easier for themselves.

Financial Resources

  • Help Paying Bills is a site that helps low-income families with finding financial assistance programs.

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