Mental Health Resources for Youth
We all need help sometimes. You are not alone.
It’s okay to not feel okay. We all feel sad, anxious, upset or angry sometimes. If you, your family or friends need someone to talk to, contact any of the following organizations:
Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Operating Hours: 24/7
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis, the Lifeline network is available 24/7.
Call or text 988, or chat at 988lifeline.org.
The Family Urgent Response System (FURS)
Operating Hours: 24/7
Call, text, chat, and in-person support for children and youth (up to age 21) who have spent time in foster care and for their caregivers. No issue is too big or too small; call or text FURS at 1-833-939-3877 or visit the Cal-Furs website for live chat.
Youth and Art Contest | Directing Change
The Directing Change Program offers art and film contests to engage youth ages 12 to 25 with mental health and suicide prevention. Youth can win prizes while making a difference. Submissions are accepted monthly. Visit the website for monthly prompts, entry details, and resources.
Mental Health Resources for Parents, Family and Friends
Worried about your child’s mental health? Learn how to help.Is your child or someone you love going through a tough time emotionally? Check out the following resources to better understand the warning signs, and offer the support they need.
Talking to Teens about Violence
This fact sheet offers guidance on talking with teens when violence happens. Use this resource to help check in with yourself, clarify your goals, access information and options, ask helpful questions, label emotions, provide introspection and validation, and monitor media and social media exposure.
Exploring the outdoors and improving mental health
Spending time outside improves physical and mental well-being.
California State Parks offers the Junior Ranger Program for kids ages 7-12, the free 4th Grade Adventure Pass and its State Library Park Pass Program, which offers free admission into hundreds of state parks!
Mental Health Resources for Schools & Teachers
Find tools to help you recognize and support the mental health of your students.
A student’s ability to learn is affected by their mental and emotional well-being. These resources are designed to help schools and teachers support young people struggling with mental health issues.
Redirecting Grief to Growth | A Trusted Space
Listen to teachers, parents, students, and experts discuss how to mitigate the effects of anxiety and trauma. The film is accompanied by a curriculum that provides a practical and empathetic understanding of how trauma impacts behavior and learning, and how to manage it within any classroom setting.
Campus Opioid Safety Act
Effective January 1, 2023, the Campus Opioid Safety Act aims to provide education, information and federally-approved opioid overdose reversal medication to public colleges and universities. This communications toolkit for educators contains important information about stopping a drug overdose and the benefits of the life-saving medication Naloxone.
The Dialogue: Mass Violence, Community Violence, and Hate Crimes
An article which features a variety of experts with unique insight on the impacts of mass and community violence, intervention strategies, preparedness and planning, and steps communities can take to cope, enhance resilience, and recover.