Youth & Families2019-04-24T14:16:57-08:00

Resources for Youth & Families

Education. Support. Community.

Learning that you or your child has a mental health condition can be scary–especially when you don’t know where or who to turn to for information and support. Below are our favorite resources for young people, family members, caregivers, and other community members.*

Here are four easy ways to educate yourself and others about mental health and the needs of young people, find services and supports, and build community with people who understand what you’re going through.

1. Learn about mental health conditions & the needs of youth

  • Learn About Mental Health Conditions
    Visit this NAMI resource to learn about the signs, symptoms, treatments, and support options for specific mental health conditions including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and many others.
  • Children’s Mental Health Report
    Incredibly engaging report by the Child Mind Institute, highlighting the commonness of childhood mental illness, the gap between illness and care, the cost to society of ignoring children’s mental health, and the effectiveness of treatment.

2. Learn about your rights & quality mental health services

  • Foster Youth Mental Health Bill of Rights
    Learn about the legal rights of California foster youth in regards to mental health treatment and supports.
  • Family Guide to Community Based Services
    This NAMI guide is designed to inform families about effective home and community-based services and supports for children and youth with mental health treatment needs and their families.
  • Getting Medi-Cal Outpatient Mental Health Services
    This guide, developed by Disability Rights California, helps families navigate how to access specialty mental health services through Medi-Cal.
  • Extra Services for Children and Youth Under the Medi-Cal EPSDT Program
    This guide, developed by Disability Rights California, describes the Medi-Cal entitlement program called Early, Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT), which provides youth, under age 21 with full-scope Medi-Cal, with a number of health care benefits.
  • Covered til 26
    If you are a former foster youth living in California, you could be eligible for free Medi-Cal coverage until your 26th birthday! Check out this great free resource for more information.

3. Share your story

  • Become a guest blogger for Young Minds!
    Youth, caregivers, and advocates share their experiences with mental health challenges on our blog to raise awareness, end stigma, and encourage action. Share your story and make a difference today!
  • 6 Steps to Telling Your Story
    Telling your story of living with mental illness can be a powerful tool for change. Here are six steps for how to effectively tell your story, courtesy of NAMI.
  • Social Campaigns We Love for Youth to Share Their Stories
    • OK2TALK
      A blog that provides a safe space for teens to talk about their experiences with mental illness.
    • Your Voice, A Whisper Project
      A platform that allows youth to share personal video stories to break down stigma and build community.

4. Connect with support organizations in your area

  • Attend an event in your area
    Attend Young Minds’ next event in the Bay Area or one of the other great mental health events near you. If you know of an upcoming event and don’t see it listed, please let us know.

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