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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 9am-5pm. Main Phone: (661) 259-9439; Alcohol & Drug Treatment Services: (661) 259-9439; Domestic Violence Program: (661) 259-8175 24-Hour DV Hotline: (661) 259-HELP (4357)


SRD~STRAIGHTENING REINS

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


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.


THE VILLAGE FAMILY SERVICES

The Village Family Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides clinical and behavioral services working with individuals and families, including those who identify as LGBTQ+. Children and youth who receive care often have experienced trauma—abuse, neglect, homelessness—often accompanied by a host of health problems such as poor nutrition, chronic illness, substance use, and more. There are programs to address homelessness in youth and provide support to those who are LGBTQ+. Headquarters and drop-in center for homeless youth are in North Hollywood. Tel: (818) 755-8786 or toll-free at (888) 683-5084. Email: [email protected]


MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA of LOS ANGELES (MHALA)

Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA) works to ensure that people with mental health needs achieve meaningful, healthy lives in their communities. We serve adults and transition-age youth who are facing mental health needs and do not have financial resources, including Veterans and people who are or have been homeless.

Transition Age Youth (TAY): A program offering mental health services, linkages to resources, employment services, skills building and family services. TAY Academy, 2025 7th Street, Long Beach, A 90804; (562) 284-0108; 506 W. Jackman Street, Lancaster, CA 93534; (661) 726-2850; [email protected]


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.


NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH: Children and Adolescent Mental 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 (LACDMF): 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. LACDMH 24/7 Help Line: (800) 854-7771 Contact Crisis Text Line (“LA” to 741741)


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(Toll free within CA). TDD -Hearing Impaired at (800) 272-6699. Outside of CA: (213) 639-4500

Report Domestic Violence to 911 or Law enforcement.

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    JED FOUNDATION: MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE CENTER

    The JED Foundation’s Mental Health Resource Center provides essential information about common emotional health issues and shows teens and young adults how they can support one another, overcome challenges, and make a successful transition to adulthood.


    REACHOUT.COM

    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.


    BeSMART

    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)


    STOPBULLYING.GOV

    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 English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean.


    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

    AACAP’s Facts for Families provides concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families. Among the many topics covered are depression and anxiety in teens, bullying domestic violence and children, firearms and children, grandparents raising grandchildren, Find Parents will find guides regarding about medications that may be prescribed so they can make informed decisions.


    SAFEKIDS BULLYING AND CYBERBULLYING RESOURCES

    Safekids promotes digital citizenship, online safety & civility.


    TEEN LINE

    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. Teen Line is accredited as a Crisis Center by the American Association of Suicidology.

    We 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 including: Instagram at teenlineonline; Facebook at Teen Line; TikTok, etc.

    Text 'TEEN' to 839863 – OPEN 6-9 pm PST Every Night Call (800) 852-8336 6-10 pm PST Every Night Nationwide (After hours, your call will be directed to Did Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center.)

    Emails may be sent through the website from any part of the world. They are answered by teen and adult volunteers. If you have an emergency call 911 or go to your nearest hospital. If you are feeling suicidal, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255.



    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.

    Those with hearing or speech disabilities may obtain a Sorenson phone or call 711 to connect with our Help Line. With 711, please ask the operator— who will serve as the interpreter between the caller and our staff—to call our Help Line at (800) 854-7771.


    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.

    JED FOUNDATION: Strengthening Schools

    For students, their school community is a critical part of their support network and emotional safety net. JED works directly with high schools, colleges, and universities representing millions of students to put systems, programs, and policies in place to create a culture of caring that protects student mental health, builds life skills, and makes it more likely students will seek help and struggling students will be recognized, connected to mental health care, and supported.