- Crisis Text Line
Text “START” to 741-741
Free, confidential, 24/7
- Boys Town National Hotline
Text “VOICE” to 20121
Free for many carriers, every day, 2pm to 1am CST.
- Teen Line
Teens helping teens. Text “TEEN” to 839863 between 6pm – 9pm PST
Standard messaging and data rates may apply.
Support for LGBTQ youth. Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200.
Available Mon – Fri, 3pm – 10pm EST/12pm – 7pm PT
Standard text messaging rates apply.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255), En Español: 1-888-628-9454
Support for LGBTQ youth. Call 1-866-488-7386
- Teen Line
Teens helping teens. Call (310) 855-HOPE or (800) TLC-TEEN (nationwide toll-free)
Available 6pm – 10pm PST
- Boys Town National Hotline
Call 1-800-448-3000, 24/7
- National Human Trafficking Hotline
For general mental health support, contact your local mental health department. California Department of Health Care Services also suggests Network of Care as a great resource for learning more about mental health and searching for a wide variety of services and supports in your community.
NOTE: The exact contact information and details for the resources highlighted above may change at any time. Please visit the organizations’ websites for the most up to date information.
“A lot of young people I talk to know they’re stressed out and know they’re on the brink of exploding or doing something crazy, and that’s what pushes them toward the point of no return mentally or emotionally. That’s what we want to prevent. Mental wellness to relieve that stress is important, and hopefully, one thing to come out of this project is young people will know about counseling or other options instead of loading themselves up so much that they can’t take the stress.”—Wyatt Stokes, 22, Student at CSU Monterey Bay & CYC Member
“To be well takes a community–seeing others that have gone through what you are going through, and who show you a way up. That’s exactly what collaborations such as NSNB empower youth and young adults to be able to do more of. Empowering one another on our journeys to be more well, mentally and in every other area. Your story matters! You never know who could be watching ♡.” – Aundrea “All Love” Stuckey, Youth In Mind Member
California Youth Connection
CYC is a statewide organization comprised entirely of youth ages 14–24 with direct experience of our state’s foster care, mental health, and juvenile justice systems. CYC facilitates youth-led organizing, education, and advocacy, providing a transformational experience of community and individual empowerment.
- Foster Youth Mental Health Bill Of Rights (BOR): A Know Your Rights-style document, created by youth advocates, for young people seeking mental health supports. The BOR can be printed out and folded into a brochure.
- Department of Social Services Information Notice on Foster Youth Mental Health Bill Of Rights: Guidance from the California Department of Social Services (DSS) on the Foster Youth Mental Health Bill of Rights.
PEERS confronts mental health stigma by delivering support groups, workshops, and community outreach. We are the premier peer-led mental health alternative for Alameda County residents.
VOICES (’16-’17 Partner)
VOICES brings together more than 40 partnering agencies to provide housing, education, employment, and wellness services to transitioning youth, ages 16 – 24. Created and run by youth, each year VOICES serves more than 1,500 youth transitioning to adulthood from foster care, mental health, and juvenile justice settings.
Youth In Mind
YIM is a nonprofit organization founded and steered by youth affected by the mental health system. Youth In Mind members participate in multiple levels of leadership and advocacy, including member leadership summits, mental health conferences, and local advocacy activities with the purpose of promoting positive change through authentic youth engagement.
- STOMP Toolkit: A toolkit designed in collaboration with No Stigma No Barriers to facilitate youth wellness.
Young Minds Advocacy
YMA is a nonprofit organization founded to address the number one health issue facing young people and their families— unmet mental health needs. Using a blend of policy research and advocacy, impact litigation, and strategic communications, YMA works to change attitudes towards mental illness and break down barriers to quality mental healthcare for young people and their families.
Websites and Videos
Too Damn Young
Our journeys are all different, but our starting points are all the same. We’ve all lost someone we love. Now, we’re left to figure out a new normal. Too Damn Young is a hand to hold while we figure this out.
National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens
This website is a project of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This site is organized to help you find what you are looking for, whether you are a teen, middle or high school teacher, or parent. The purpose of this site is to facilitate learning about the effects of drug use on the brain, body, and lives of teens.
Sangu Delle: There’s no shame in taking care of your mental health
When stress got to be too much for TED Fellow Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice: that men shouldn’t take care of their mental health. In a personal talk, Delle shares how he learned to handle anxiety in a society that’s uncomfortable with emotions. As he says: “Being honest about how we feel doesn’t make us weak — it makes us human.”
Kevin Breel: Confessions of a depressed comic
Kevin Breel didn’t look like a depressed kid: team captain, at every party, funny and confident. But he tells the story of the night he realized that — to save his own life — he needed to say four simple words.
Understanding the impact of stigma on people with mental illness
Many people with serious mental illness are challenged doubly. On one hand, they struggle with the symptoms and disabilities that result from the disease. On the other, they are challenged by the stereotypes and prejudice that result from misconceptions about mental illness. As a result of both, people with mental illness are robbed of the opportunities that define a quality life: good jobs, safe housing, satisfactory health care, and affiliation with a diverse group of people.
General Mental Health Facts
Millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions every year. Here are some facts about the prevalence and impact of mental illness.
If you like to geek out to facts and numbers on different topics, then Kids Data is for you. Depending on what you are looking for, they can provide an easy-to-use pie chart based on whatever topic is of interest to you. Their goal is to raise the visibility of key issues affecting California’s children and make it easy for leaders and policymakers to use data in their work, whether that’s assessing community needs, setting priorities, tracking progress, making program or policy decisions, preparing grant proposals and reports, or other work.
The History of Bipolar
Bipolar disorder is one of the most highly investigated neurological disorders. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that it affects over 2 percent of adults in the United States. Of these, nearly 83 percent have “severe” cases of the disorder. Unfortunately, due to social stigma, funding issues, and a lack of education, less than 40 percent receive what the NIMH calls “minimally adequate treatment.”