How to help a friend
Phone numbers to call for help:
••National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)(24 hrs.)
••Suicide Prevention Services (24 hrs.)
831-458-5300 or 877-663-5433
**Teen Line, a peer hotline (6-10 p.m. nightly)
or text “TEEN” to 839863 (5:30-9:30 p.m. PST)
Online Support Communities
SPIN, Special Parents Information Network http://www.spinsc.org
Parents of children with special needs may feel isolated and overwhelmed with the medical, emotional, financial, educational and social issues they face as they raise their child. SPIN is a non-profit parent-to-parent support and information network serving parents, guardians and families in Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties who have a child or children with special needs of any age. SPIN is a Family Empowerment Center on Disabilities.
NAMI Parents of Youth, Santa Cruz
The information on this website came from the people in our Support group. The Yahoo online discussion group is an extension of this Support group. Please consider joining. There is strength in numbers!
Berkeley Parents Network
This web site is for every parenting issue imaginable. Thousands of parents are on it and can give you advice and support. Don't let the name fool you as it serves the entire San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. I've found information on Residential Treatment, testing, schools, etc. If you ask a question to the masses, you are sure to get a lot of information. If you can't find what you are looking for through the menu, use the Search Bar. The amount of information on this site is enormous.
Online Teen Communities
Lifeline Crisis Chat (2 pm- 2 am ET)
Half of Us (www.HalfofUs.com) Half of Us, mtvU and The Jed Foundation aim to initiate a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help.
Each Mind Matters (eachmindmatters.org), California’s statewide mental health movement to create awareness and end stigma: http://www.eachmindmatters.org/
OK 2 talk (http://ok2talk.org/) This community has a board for Spanish Speaking teens and young adults. The goal of OK2TALK is to encourage them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Anyone can add their voice by sharing creative content such as poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support in a safe, moderated space.
Voices for Hope (http://www.voices4hope.net) is a place for teenagers and young adults with mental health conditions to find resources and stigma busting information that can help us lead happy and independent lives.
Strength of Us (http://strengthofus.org), StrengthofUs is an online community designed to empower young adults through resource sharing and peer support and to build connections for those navigating the unique challenges and opportunities in the transition-age years. StrengthofUs provides opportunities for you to connect with your peers and offer support, encouragement and advice and share your real world experiences, personal stories, creativity, resources and ultimately, a little bit of your wonderful and unique self.
Get Support or Be a Peer Leader. CalMHSA’s Stigma and Discrimination Reduction campaign targeting 14-24 year old Californians. This campaign links youth and young adults to tools, resources and a series of interactive forums at ReachOutHere.com (English-language forums) and BuscaApoyo.org (Spanish-language forums). While mobilizing youth to change social norms, the ReachOut Forums provide visitors with a safe space to discuss a range of social and mental health-related issues with trained peer leaders and encourage both support seeking and support giving around mental health challenges.