Sources, Hyperlinks For Households – NBC Chicago

NBC 5’s five-part series, Kids & Mental Health, begins Monday, February 15 and will air daily at 5:00 pm

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll in many ways, including the mental health of our children. Below is a list of resources designed to help families deal with this crisis. Do you have a resource to add? Write us an eMail!

GENERAL HEALTH – “Doctor-verified advice on hundreds of physical, emotional, and behavioral topics, from pre-birth through teenage years.
Separate sections for parents, children and teens, each created with your questions in mind. “

healthy – “Parents website powered by 67,000 pediatricians who are committed to achieving optimal physical, mental and social health and wellbeing for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.”


American Academy for Child and Adolescent Health – The AACAP provides family resources, family guides, resource centers, youth resources, finders for child and youth psychiatrists, and facts for families.

Additional links from the AACAP

American Psychological Association – “The life of children and young people can be complicated. Pressure from school, friends, and parents can help create an emotionally stressful environment that can lead to unhealthy eating habits that persist into adulthood. “

Child Mind Institute – “The Child Mind Institute wants to provide you with the resources you need to make good decisions for your child. Whether you are investigating your concern or investigating a specific diagnosis, we provide the most cutting-edge thinking from experts and those Experience from families who went through it. “

National Mental Health Organization – An AZ guide to mental illness, including general information, symptoms, treatments, and resources presented by the National Mental Health Organization.


PBS parents – “Raising Children That Thrive: Stories and Advice on Raising Kind, Caring, and Resilient Children”

Empowering Resilient Families During COVID-19 – “Current events related to the COVID-19 virus can be stressful and confusing for families and communities. Our team at the Center for Childhood Resilience (CCR) would like to share some ideas for carers and other adults working with children from who we believe can be helpful as we all cope with changing information, recommendations, and restrictions on our normal routines and activities. “

ADOLESCENT HEALTH – “Our website’s mission is to help teenage girls, their parents, educators and health care providers improve their understanding of normal health and development, as well as certain diseases and conditions. We want to empower teenage girls and young women in the world to take an active role in their own health care. “ – “The mission of is to help adolescent boys and their parents improve their understanding of normal health and development, as well as certain diseases and conditions. We want to give adolescent boys and young men around the world the opportunity to to take an active role in one’s health care. “

Suicide prevention

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1.800.273.TALK) is a great resource for young people, their friends and family. Don’t hesitate to ask your doctor for advice. Your doctor should also be familiar with mental health resources in your community. In addition, primary care offices are increasingly having mental health experts embedded in the clinic, which really makes it easier to access.


Alcohol and drug hotline – 1-800-821-4357 – “24/7 national hotline providing resources on local treatment options for alcohol and drug abuse. Calls are free and confidential.”

Other national hotlines – Hotlines for the National Alliance on Mental Illness,
National Eating Disorders Association, National Teen Dating Abuse Line, National Domestic Violence Hotline, and many more.

Al-Anon – “Al-Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.”

Alateen – “A place only for teenagers affected by someone else’s alcoholism.”

Sexual health – I Wanna Know “provides sexual health information for teens and young adults. Here you will find the facts, support, resources to answer your questions, recommendations, and access to detailed information about sexual health, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , healthy relationships and more. “

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