YOUTH and YOUNG ADULTS
RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
CHILD & FAMILY CENTER
A provider of comprehensive prevention, early intervention, diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic services for children, teens, adults and families who live in the Santa Clarita Valley. Crisis services are available Monday-Friday from 9-5p. Call 661-259-9439.
Samantha Rocha Dyer (SRD) Straightening Reins Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public not for profit established in 2011 specializing in equine-assisted and interactive therapies designed to improve adolescent and teen mental health and well-being. SRD provides behavioral, educational, and community outreach services to youth and their families in Los Angeles County. Providing HOPE through equine-based experiences to improve mental health. (661) 803-1641
THE YOUTH PROJECT
An innovative, school-linked, nonprofit organization assisting teens (12-18) with issues they face on a daily basis such as depression, suicide, substance abuse, pregnancy, bullying, peer pressure, domestic violence, sexual assault, neglect, divorce, blended families, motivation, goal setting, study skills, self-harm, healthy relationships, sexual identity, truancy, etc. Help Corner with information, statistics, hotlines, and resources. Call (661) 257-YOUTH (9688).
THERAPY FOR BLACK GIRLS
Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. The website includes a blog and a mental health providers directory. Visitors to the site can also listen to the Therapy for Black Girls Podcast, a weekly chat about mental health, personal development, and more. The podcasts are also available through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify.
THERAPY FOR BLACK MEN
In partnership with licensed mental health professionals and coaches in private practice throughout the fifty states, TherapyForBlackMen.org provides proactive, multiculturally competent care to men of color. The organization makes it easy for clients and therapists and coaches to connect with each other. The website includes a blog, articles, and a listing of supportive resources.
ACTION: A PARENT & TEEN SUPPORT PROGRAM
Free weekly support groups for parents and adolescents. Meetings are held weekly at Caanyon High School and Hart High School (Spanish speaking). Offers support to families dealing with low self-esteem, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, running away from home, pregnancy, and other family-related issues. Also provides individual and family therapy on a sliding scale, low-cost drug testing, crisis intervention, immediate inpatient and outpatient referrals, and 24-hour helpline. Call 1-800 367-8336.
A LIGHT OF HOPE SUPPORT CENTER
A Light of Hope (ALOH) is a support group system for local families and individuals in crisis. We provide support for youth and young adults 14-26 years of age struggling with substance abuse and/or self-destructive actions or behaviors. We emphasize a 12-Step approach to family recovery, as well as Alternative Peer Group (APG) community of caring and welcoming experience for young people and their families. Free support groups for youth and parents (held separately). Located at 21176 Centre Pointe Parkway, Unit 300, Santa Clarita, CA 91350. Call 661-513-HEAL (4325).
Email: [email protected]
BECAUSE I LOVE YOU
Because I Love You is a free support group meetings for parents who have children (of all ages) with behavioral issues such as a negative attitudes, truancy, drug and/or alcohol abuse, running away, and verbal and physical abuse. Parents meet weekly in small groups, which provide the tools needed to regain control of your home, establish structure, and find the strength to develop new, cooperative family relationships. Working in conjunction with the Because I Love You Youth Support Group, our goal is reestablishing lines of communication and bringing the family together. The closest location to Santa Clarita is in Van Nuys. Call (818) 884-8242.
NORTHRIDGE HOSPITAL ADOLESCENT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Information, brochures, fact sheets, videos and links to federal resources for children and adolescents and mental health.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH: CHILDREN
Children 0-15 who are experiencing mental health challenges and families may access mental health services through a network of County-operated and contracted agencies providing services.
FAMILIES FOR DEPRESSION AWARENESS – TEEN DEPRESSION
Signs and symptoms of teen depression for parents. Information and resources on how to help.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and its partners support children and families in crisis. DCFS partners with organizations already working within local communities to provide support services, assistance, guidance for parents, youth, and caregivers across Los Angeles County. Services include child protection, foster care, kinship care, non-related legal guardians, approved relative caregiver program, adoption programs.
DCFS oversees Los Angeles County’s 24/7 child abuse and neglect hotline and responds to the immediate needs of any child at risk. If you know or suspect a child is being abused or neglected, please call the Child Protection Hotline at 1-800-540-4000.
Report Domestic Violence to 911 or Law enforcement.
The Jed Foundation (JED) “Protecting Emotional Health, Preventing Suicide” empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults. Learn how to help yourself, a friend, or a family member. Call (212) 647-7544. In the event of a crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “START” to 741-741.
Website based in Australia with resources for parents, youth, and schools to help with the many stressful events including, but not limited to, natural disasters, school, relationships, drugs and alcohol, bullying, and isolation.
LOVE IS RESPECT
Love Is Respect is the ultimate resource to empower youth to prevent and end dating abuse. It is a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
NATIONAL TEEN DATING ABUSE HELPLINE - 24/7 text, phone, and live chat services
Call: 1-866-331-9474 or TTY 1-866-331-8453. Text: LOVEIS to 22522.
BREAK THE CYCLE
Break the Cycle inspires and supports young people 12 to 24 to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse. Offers teen-specific violence prevention education and provides legal services for youth.
Education campaign to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries. The website includes resources and tools in English and Spanish. The program is offered by Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund.
S (Secure) M (Model) A (Ask) R (Recognize) T (Tell)
A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Huan Services, Stopbullying.gov, teaches adults and kids how to identify, stand up to it safely, and stop bullying. Includes links to many resources and offers information in Spanish.
NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION CENTER
Founded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center actively leads social change to prevent bullying, so that all youth are safe and supported in their schools, communities and online. Information for students, teachers, parents on bullying, cyberbullying, persons with disabilities including specific site for children and teens.
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY BULLYING RESOURCE CENTER
Includes family and youth resources, psychiatrist finder, and a resource center which includes videos.
SAFEKIDS BULLYING AND CYBERBULLYING RESOURCES
Safekids promotes digital citizenship, online safety & civility.
The Teen Line hotline provides a safe, non-judgmental space for youth to talk about their worries with someone their age who 'gets it'. The hotline is staffed by highly trained teens and supervised by mental health professionals and is OPEN from 6-9PM every evening. Text 'TEEN' to 839863 or email our hotline. We also offer message boards for teens to talk to other teens, including anxiety around the Covid-19 virus, as well as tips for coping skills from teens on all of our social media platforms (Instagram, Tik Tok, Facebook, etc.)
We also provide support resources for parents on our website at www.teenlineonline.org. We recently hosted a Facebook Live event for parents on Teen Line's Facebook page (@teenlineonline) to learn how they can support and help their kids navigate this difficult time.
Call (310) 855-HOPE or (800) TLC-TEEN (nationwide toll-free) from 6pm to 10pm PST.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH (LACDMH)
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) supports the wellbeing of our County residents and communities. LACDMH’s Help Line is available 24/7 to provide mental health support, resources and referrals at (800) 854-7771.
We understand these are challenging times. Please take the time to care for your own mental health and wellbeing, and reach out to others with kindness and compassion.
SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCE CENTER: CHILDREN 12 AND YOUNGER
SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCE CENTER — WHAT IS DEPRESSION? HOW TO TREAT IT AND WHAT TO DO — A SUICIDE PREVENTION GUIDE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
An eight-page booklet that contains useful information for youth about depression and suicide prevention.
A PARENT'S GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING AND TREATING DEPRESSION IN YOUR CHILD
This brochure for parents includes information on how to recognize signs of depression in their children, treatment options, and suggested resources for different age groups.
FOSTER CARE PROVIDERS: HELPING YOUTH AT RISK OF SUICIDE
Offered by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, this site offers an information sheet for foster care givers to help identify the signs of suicidal behavior, the risks unique to youth in foster care and the steps to protecting them. Includes a resources list.
RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
GOOD BEHAVIOR GAME (GBG) (2017)
Universal classroom-based behavior management strategy for elementary school. It aims to reduce aggressive, disruptive classroom behavior, which is a shared risk factor for later problem behaviors, including adolescent and adult illicit drug abuse, alcohol abuse, cigarette smoking, antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), violent and criminal behavior, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
BLUEPRINTS FOR HEALTHY YOUTH DEVELOPMENT (2019)
Evidence-based positive youth development programs.
NATIONAL CENTER FOR THE PREVENTION OF YOUTH SUICIDE “NO CHILD LOST TO SUICIDE”
The National Center for the Prevention of Youth Suicide, a program of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), is working to change how schools and communities address the issue of suicide among young people. By engaging young adults and providing the facts, the NCPYS seeks not only to help those most at risk, but also to equip school communities with the skills they need to recognize warning signs, help friends in need, and know where to go for help.