The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds is a free, online educational resource. We do not provide clinical services or referrals for treatment. But many other organizations do! Please explore the support resources listed below, including some of the programs and services at Massachusetts General Hospital.
CRISIS – Call: 1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)
CRISIS – Text: TALK to 741741 (Crisis Text Line)
Not a crisis but just need to talk to someone? Warmlines are typically free, confidential, and run by people who understand what it’s like to struggle with mental health. Find a Warmline near you.
The mission of AACAP is the promotion of the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through advocacy, education, and research, and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers. If you are seeking psychiatric services for your child, here are some ideas on Where to Find Help for Your Child, and Getting Help.
With local chapters across the country, NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Find support through NAMI.
Run by the National Council for Behavioral Health, this course teaches parents, teachers, youth workers, non-mental health professionals, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Learn about the program and find a course near you.
SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. Find help and treatment through SAMHSA.
ADAA is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders through education, practice, and research. ADAA focuses on improving quality of life for those with these disorders. Find help through ADAA.
DBSA is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on depression and bipolar disorder. DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders. Find peer support at DBSA.
ADDA is a worldwide inclusive community of supportive ADHD adults who make it possible to thrive with ADHD in today’s world. Whether a parent or young person, find peer support through ADDA.
NEDA is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. Find help and support through NEDA.
With local chapters across the country and strong national presence, AFSP raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide. Find support at AFSP.
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. Get help at the Trevor Project.
Funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health, Project TEACH aims to strengthen and support the ability of NY pediatric primary care providers to deliver care to children and families who experience mild-to-moderate mental health concerns. Project TEACH includes educational resources for families, produced by the Clay Center, on how to talk to your child’s pediatrician about mental health concerns. Find resources for parents and family members through Project TEACH.
Think:Kids aims to dramatically improve society’s understanding and treatment of challenging kids. It achieves this goal by disseminating and implementing an innovative, proven approach known as Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). The CPS model conceptualizes challenging behavior as the result of difficulty with crucial thinking skills; thus, unlike traditional models of discipline, the model eschews power, control, and motivational procedures, and focuses instead on identifying and teaching challenging kids the skills they lack. Learn more.
The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine (BHI) at Massachusetts General Hospital is dedicated to research, teaching and clinical application of Mind Body Medicine and its integration into all areas of health. BHI teaches patients ways to counteract stress and build resiliency by eliciting the Relaxation Response. BHI clinicians serve as a resource in the areas of mind body and integrative medicine and are available to all the departments and divisions of the hospital, as well as to the community. Learn more.
LEAP at Massachusetts General Hospital assesses children ages 2 to 22 who have developmental difficulties, and consults with their parents, teachers, and care providers. Learn more.
The Marjorie E. Korff Parenting At a Challenging Time (PACT) Program offers guidance to parents with cancer who receive treatment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, and are concerned about the impact their cancer or terminal illness diagnosis and treatment may have on their children. Learn more.
The mission of Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, is to heal the invisible wounds for Veterans, Service Members and their Families through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research. Learn more.
With more than 300 physicians, 50 medical specialties, 15 surgical services, and compassionate preventive and primary care, MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) is an invaluable resource for the health-care needs of infants, children and adolescents. Some of their specific services are highlighted below.