Resources for Families, Caregivers, & Communities

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For Parents & Caregivers
Includes warning signs, how to talk to your child about mental health, and how to seek help.
For Friends and Family Members
Tips on how to support a friend or family member with mental health concerns, how to bring up the subject, and how to seek help.
For Educators
How educators can help students and their families by recognizing warning signs, developing effective school mental health programs, and more.
For Communities
Provides a toolkit for starting a mental health dialogue in your community, along with a wealth of other tools for creating and facilitating discussions across a variety of channels.

General Resources
Community Conversations about Mental Health
SAMHSA resource to help those interested in holding a community dialogue about mental health. It is comprised of three parts, to help organize and facilitate a conversation: a toolkit, discussion guide, and organizing guide.
Mental Health First Aid
From the National Council for Behavioral Health, a public education live training course that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.
Warning Signs for Childhood Suicide
In this podcast series , Dr. Jane Pearson of the National Institute of Mental Health talks about important warning signs that come from children. She also looks at how well-intended reaction to tragedy can have unintended consequences.
What a Difference a Friend Makes
SAMHSA campaign for mental health recovery to encourage, educate, and inspire people between 18 and 25 to support their friends who are experiencing mental health problems.
Center on Addiction and the Family
Offers information and resources for those work with children of alcoholics (COAs) or other substance abusers (COSAs).
Symptoms of ADHD in Children
Dr. Ben Vitiello, Child and Adolescent Treatment and Preventive Intervention Research Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, talks about symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children.
SAMHSA ADS Center Resources
Information for children, parents, teachers, and caregivers about mental health and serious emotional disturbances of children and adolescents, the discrimination and social exclusion they may face, and supports available to them.

For Families of Veterans and Service Members
Military Kids Connect
Website is designed to help military kids support one another and learn coping and resilience-building skills.
Handouts from
Handouts covering various issues that families and caregivers may encounter when a Service Member returns from deployment,  such as how to manage anxiety, when to seek help, and how to discuss mental health issues with the family.
Guide to VA Mental Health Services
A short and simplified version of the VA Mental Health Handbook, for veterans and families from the Department of Veterans Affairs. (pdf)

Coping with Traumatic Events
Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events
A webpage from SAMHSA featuring tips for parents, teachers, caregivers and students as well as resources for coping with grief.
Helping Children and Youth Cope in the Aftermath of Disasters
Podcast with slides that offers tips for parents and other caregivers, teachers, administrators, and school staff.
Tips for Talking to Children and Youth After Traumatic Events
A guide for parents and educators from SAMHSA. (pdf)
Communities: Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters
A NIMH brochure for for teachers, clergy, and other adults in the community. (pdf)
Parents: Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters
From NIMH, a brochure with good advice for parents about how to talk to their kids about a terrible event. (pdf)
Tips for Helping Students Recovering From Traumatic Events
Department of Education brochure with tips on helping students recover from traumatic events. For students, parents, school staff, and others. (pdf)
From the National Association of School Psychologists:
Death: Dealing with Crisis at School Practical Suggestions for Educators
Information for preparing in advance for a possible crisis, notifying parents, and suggested roles for various school personnel.
Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events:
Tips for Parents and Teachers

Tips on how to help children deal with their anger and warning signs of emotional trauma.
Coping with Crisis—Helping Children With Special Needs
Information for when working with children with special needs who are coping with crisis. Includes triggers and tips for various special populations.
From The KySS Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Screening, Early Intervention and Health Promotion:
Information for Parents on How to Help Your Child/Teen Cope with Stressful Events or Uncertainty
Signs of anxiety/stress and developmentally appropriate explanations.
How Can I Help my Child Deal with Loss and Grief?
A listing of various activities to assist a child in adjusting to loss.
How Parents can Help Children/Teens to Cope With Loss and Grief
The effect of age on children who are grieving and how to help them deal with their grief.



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