Help For A Family Member

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For Parents Worried About Their Teenager

Navigating one’s own health is hard enough. As a parent, you’re also tasked with managing your child’s health – both the physical and mental. According to the World Health Organization, half of all mental health conditions start by 14 years of age but most cases are undetected and untreated. What can you do as a parent to monitor and care for your teenager’s mental health? Below are some resources to get you started. 

Parent's Guide to Teen Depression

It's hard to differentiate between normal teenage growing pains and depression. Here’s how you can recognize the signs. Read more »

AACAP Resources for Parents

Concise, up-to-date information on psychological issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families. Read more »

Learning How to Help Your Child

Having a child with a mental health condition can be a challenge, but there are ways to help make things easier. Read more »

Families: Mental Illness & Substance Use

Family support can play a major role in helping a loved one with mental and substance use disorders. Read more »

Your loved one’s condition is not your fault (or your loved one’s fault). You can’t make your loved one well, but you can offer support, understanding, and hope. Read more »

A wealth of resources and information for parents regarding many emotional and behavioral challenges. Use the drop-down menus to view the articles. Read more »
As a parent or caregiver, you want the best for your children or other dependents. You may be concerned or have questions about certain behaviors they exhibit and how to ensure they get help. Read more »

For Teenagers Worried About A Family Member

Perhaps you’re not the one struggling with mental health and instead, you’re concerned about a family member. Below are some resources for teenagers on helping a relative with their mental health.

Whether your parent has been diagnosed with a mental illness, or you think they have a mental health condition, it’s normal to have a lot of confusing feelings about it. Understanding and talking about your parent’s mental illness are ways you can offer support to the person you love while also dealing with any stigma their illness creates. Read more »