Mental Health Resources for Teens & Families: National

MENTAL HEALTH OVERVIEW | NATIONAL | NEW YORK | (other regions will be added*)



Click on any of the headings below to jump down to that category or on any of the organizations listed to go directly to their description and contact information. We also have a PDF version that you can download and print. Please note that the print/PDF version may not be quite as current and does not have active web links at this time.  

General Mental Health

Depression & Suicide

Anxiety Disorders

Bipolar & Schizophrenia

Eating Disorders

LGBTQ

Addiction

Hotlines & Helplines


General Mental Health

GoodTherapy.org

Website containing information on different types of therapy, how to find a good therapist, what to expect in therapy and other resources on psychological and emotional healing. For guidelines on choosing a therapist, see https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/how-tofind-a-therapist.
Aimed towards: General
Website: goodtherapy.org
 

Here.Now

Teen-driven Jewish movement to provide support, build connections, increase well-being and resilience, and reduce stigma around mental health. Teens (ages 13-19) can engage in creative activities, partnerships, events, and innovate online content designed by teens for teens.
Aimed towards: Jewish teens
Website: myjewishlearning.com/here-now
 

Mental Health America

National community-based non-profit organization dedicated to addressing and assisting those with mental illnesses, as well as promoting the importance of mental health.
Aimed towards: General/community
Website: mentalhealthamerica.net/about-us
 

National Alliance of Mental Health

Grassroots self help, support and advocacy organization of individuals with mental disorders and their families. The website provides information and resources on support groups, mental health awareness and training.
Aimed towards: General
Contact: Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI
Website: nami.org
 

National Council for Behavior Health

Locate mental health and addiction treatment facilities in your community.
Aimed towards: General/community
Contact: Open online forum- User creates a profile and then can access communities in their area.
Website: connect.thenationalcouncil.org/home
 

National Empowerment Center

Committed to the empowerment of recovery, while carrying the message of hope and healing to those diagnosed with a mental illness.
Aimed towards: General/community
Contact:
• Toll-free: 800-power2u (800-769-3728)
• General # 978-685-1494
Website: power2u.org

National Institute of Mental Health

Website that provides prevalent statistics pertaining to menal illness, including data by age, gender and race.
Contact:
• Toll-free: 1-866-615-6464
• nimhinfo@nih.gov
Website: nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/mental-illness.shtml
 

President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health

A report that was created in an effort to eliminate inequality for American’s with disabilities.
Aimed towards:
General/teen
Contact: 1-800-789-2647 Voice
Website: govinfo.library.unt.edu/mentalhealthcommission/mission.html
 

Refuat Hanefesh

An organization dedicated to decreasing the stigma surrounding mental illness through conversation and education, while providing a safe place for those affected to seek support and advice.
Aimed towards: General/community
Website: refuathanefesh.org
 

World Health Organization

International organization that provides information and resources on diseases and mental illnesses across the globe.
Aimed towards: General
Contact: who.int/about/contacthq/en
Website: who.int
 


Depression & Suicide

American Association of Suicidology

Promotes research, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. Also serves as national clearing house for information on suicide.
Aimed towards: General
Contact: suicidology.org/about-aas/contact-us
Website: suicidology.org
 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Website for information on suicidal warning signs, support for survivors, prevention and research.
Aimed towards: General
Contact:
• Toll-free: 1-888-333-AFSP (2377)
• Telephone: 212-363-3500
Website: afsp.org
 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder. DBSA’s peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources are available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them—online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, local chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.
Aimed towards: General
Contact:
• Phone: 1-800-826-3632
• Find a support group near you: dbsalliance.org/support/chapters-and-support-groups/find-a-support-group
Website: www.dbsalliance.org
 

Elijah’s Journey

Facebook commuity centered on bringing awareness and support to depression and suicide.
Aimed towards: Jewish teens
Contact: elijahsjourney@gmail.com
Website: elijahsjourney.net
 

Mood Gym

An online self-help program designed to help users prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety, which teaches skills based on cognitive behavioral therapy.
Aimed towards: General
Website: moodgym.com.au
 

Self Abuse Finally Ends (SAFE) Alternatives

Website for a residential treatment program for people who engage in self injury. Includes information about self injury and starting treatment.
Aimed towards: General
Contact: SAFE Info line: 1-800-366-8288
Website: selfinjury.com
 

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has fact sheets on suicide by state and by population characteristics, as well as on many other subjects.
Website: sprc.org
 


Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

Organization that gives resources, access and information to the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders.
Aimed towards: General
Contact:
• Phone: 240-485-1001
• Email: information@adaa.org
Website: adaa.org
 

Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine

This Massachusetts-based general hospital has an online store that offers CD’s, DVD’s, books and relaxation techniques.
Aimed towards: General
Website: massgeneral.org/search/?q=anxiety+
 

E-Couch

An online self-help interactive program with modules for many types of depression and anxiety, as well as a relationship breakdown, loss and grief. Pulling from evidence-based information, it teaches strategies drawn from cognitive, behavioral and interpersonal therapies as well as relaxation and physical activity.
Aimed towards: General
Website: ecouch.anu.edu.au/welcome
 

Freedom From Fear

The Freedom From Fear website provides information, screening tools and other resources on many types of anxiety disorders. This organization provides online information on different mental health issues and possible treatments and offers free mental health screenings.
Aimed towards: General
Contact: help@freedomfromfear.org
Website: freedomfromfear.org
 

Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation

Provides information about obsessive-compulsive disorder, including effective treatments, how to find a health professional who has experience treating the disorder and links to other helpful websites. This website also provides a searchable database of therapists, clinics, support groups, and other organizations specializing in OCD and related disorders.
Aimed towards: General
Contact:
• Phone: 617-973-5801
• Email: info@iocdf.org
Website: iocdf.org
 


Bipolar & Schizophrenia

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Website that provides information on Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and other psychotic- behaving mental illnesses. Also offers downloadable fact sheets on psychotic disorders.
Aimed towards: General
Website: bbrfoundation.org/research/bipolar-disorder
 

Pendulum

Nonprofit organization providing information on bipolar disorder. The website includes information, treatment, community involvement, book reviews, discussion forums, articles, personal stories and links focused on Bipolar Disorder.
Aimed towards: General
Website: pendulum.org
 

Schizophrenia.com

Online community that provides information, support and education to family members, caregivers and individuals whose lives have been affected by Schizophrenia.
Aimed towards: General
Website: schizophrenia.com
 


Eating Disorders

The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)

ANAD’s website includes information about eating disorders, how to seek treatment and support groups for people suffering from eating disorders and their families.
Aimed towards: General
Contact: Helpline: 630-577-1330 (Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am-5pm CT)
 

National Eating Disorders Association

National Eating Disorders Association has stories of recovery from eating disorders, information about seeking treatment and additional resources for school professionals and caregivers.
Aimed towards: General
Website: nationaleatingdisorders.org
 

Overeaters Annonymous

Following the 12-step approach used by Alcoholics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous can help people struggling with compulsive eating and binge eating. The website lists Overeaters Anonymous meetings nationwide.
Aimed towards: General
Website: oa.org
 


LGBTQ

Eshel

Nonprofit organization that focuses create community and acceptance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews and their families in Orthodox communities.
Aimed towards: General/teen, Jewish
Contact: 1-724-374-3501
Website: eshelonline.org
 

Keshet

National organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life. Offices are located in Boston, NY and the Bay area.
Aimed towards: General/teen, Jewish
Contact: 1-617-524.-227
Website: keshetonline.org
 

JQY

Nonprofit organization that focuses on the emotional and physical health and safety of LGBTQI teens and young adults from Orthodox, Chasidic, and Sephardic communities.
Aimed towards: General/teen, Jewish
Website: jqyouth.org
 

PFLAG

Nonprofit organization committed to the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with an aim to unite LGBTQ people with families, friends, and allies.
Aimed towards: General
Website: pflag.org
 

Trans Lifeline

A national trans-led organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis including a hotline and microgrants.
Aimed towards: General
Contact: Hotline: 1-877-565-8860 (Hours: 10am-4am EST)
Website: translifeline.org
 

The Trevor Project

The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
Aimed towards: Teens
Contact: 1-866-488-7386
Website: thetrevorproject.org
 


Addiction

Al-Anon

Al-Anon and Alateen Family Groups hold weekly meetings for the relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope, in order to solve problems associated with the family disease of alcoholism.
Aimed towards: General
Contact: 1-212-941-0094
Website: al-anon.org
 

Beit T’Shuvah

A residential addiction treatment center, congregation, and an educational institute where life is celebrated and every soul matters.
Aimed towards: General
Contact: 1-310-204-5200
Website: beittshuvah.org
 

EVOLVE

EVOLVE is a 12-week, Intensive Outpatient Program for adolescents ages 14-18 who are living with mental health issues.
Aimed towards: Teens
Contact: 1-770-336-7444
Website: bermancenteratl.com/evolve-for-adolecents-program/
 

Recovery International

Recovery International, a self-help mental health organization, sponsors weekly group peer-
led meetings in many communities, as well as telephone and Internet-based meetings.
Aimed towards: General
Contact: recoveryinternational.org/meetings/find-a-meeting
Website: recoveryinternational.org
 


Hotlines & Helplines

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line serves provides access to free, 24/7 support and information via a medium people already use and trust: text.
Aimed towards: General
Contact: Text HOME to 741741
Website: crisistextline.org/texting-in
 

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Helpline

NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.
Aimed towards: General
Contact: 1-800-931-2237
 

OK2Talk: NAMI

A safe, moderated online community where teens and young adults struggling with mental health conditions can find a safe place to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope.
Aimed towards: Teens
Contact: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Website: ok2talk.org/about
 

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

A free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
Aimed towards: Teens
Contact: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Website: suicidepreventionlifeline.org
 



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*If you have organizations and resources in your region/community that you would like us to share on our website, please send them to Joshua Schwartz, Jewish Education and Engagement.