Children of all ages suffer from varying levels of mental health disorders, but most schools have counselors available to help students and parents through it. No matter what your child is struggling with, you are not alone, and this page is here to provide additional help and answers.
Experiencing a Crisis?
Click on the button below to access 24/7 crisis hotlines, resources, and treatment referrals. You are not alone -- there is an amazing support system in the South Bay. Please reach out for help when you need it.
Know Your Child is Not Alone
Mira Costa grad and University Penn student, Brian Chao, shares his struggles with depression and anxiety in the SBFC video below.
Recommended Online Mental Health Resources and Helplines
For free confidential crisis counseling, mental health information, and referrals to providers, call the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health's 24-hour Access Center at 1-800-854-7771.
The Crisis Text Line has assembled a comprehensive list of referral resources that meet stringent criteria. Topics include abuse, self-harm, substance use, grief, isolation, and more. Topics are searchable online. We highly recommend this resource.
For information related to warning signs of mental health conditions, as well as a helpline, please visit NAMI, the National Alliance of Mental Illness
Resources and Information
Teenagers face a host of pressures, from the changes of puberty to questions about who they are and where they fit in. With all this turmoil and uncertainty, it isn’t always easy to differentiate between depression and normal teenage growing pains. (Help Guide)
Keep in mind that your child’s anxiety disorder diagnosis is not a sign of poor parenting. It may add stress to family life, however. It is helpful to build a support network of relatives and friends. (ADAA)
Hear from teens around the country about their experiences and opinions on mental health.
Studies show that 4 out of 5 teen suicide attempts have been preceded by clear warning signs, make sure you know them. Keep reading to learn what teen suicide warning signs to look for, including warning signs or indications of a suicide plan. (Teensuicide.us
It is not uncommon for parents to wonder whether their child is acting like a normal teenager or behaving differently due to mental illness, drug use or behavioural difficulties. Normal teenagers are often moody due to hormonal and physical changes that happen during puberty. However, when mental illness is involved, it may be difficult to differentiate “normal teenage behaviour” from the symptoms of depression, anxiety and other emotional difficulties. (Friends for Mental Health)
The Mental Illness Happy Hour is a weekly online podcast that interviews comedians, artists, friends, and the occasional doctor. Each episode explores mental illness, trauma, addiction and negative thinking.