It’s hard to know what to do when your child is feeling depressed — how to find out what’s going on, where to turn, who to go to for help. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed, wanting to support them but not quite sure how.
Below are some resources that may be helpful to kids and teens experiencing depression and their parents.
Many of these organizations are dedicated to the transforming the lives of children and teens living with depression, providing education, guides, and support.
Child Mind Institute — Depression: Helpful guides, Ask An Expert, and Stories of How Kids and Teens Coped with Depression
Balanced Mind Parent Network: Information for parents raising children with mood disorders to answers, support, and stability
The Whole Child: Great guides which are developmentally categorized by age group
The Jed Foundation: accessible resources to support mental health and reduce stigma in teens and young adults. started by parents who lost their youngest son Jed to suicide.
Research Studies and Clinical Trials
NIMH Research Studies (Enrolling Nationally): Studies to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illness
Hotlines and Crisis Resources
If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255: Provides 24/7 free and confidential support
National Safe Place: Provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for young people in crisis through a network of qualified agencies, trained volunteers and businesses
PRS CrisisLink Hotline and Textline : 703-527-4077 or Text "CONNECT" to 855-11: Free confidential line open 24/7 serving Northern Virginia and Washington DC, staffed with crisis line workers who care and can connect you to referrals
Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills for Helping You Manage Mood Swings, Control Angry Outbursts, and ... with Others (Instant Help Book for Teens) by Sheri van Dijk
What resources have you found helpful for your child or teen? If you have any other resources that might be helpful for others, let us know in the comments below!
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