In 2023, Grace established a Task Force to discuss initiatives for how we might address the mental health crisis effecting our young people, families, and our community at large.
In the coming months, we will be meeting regularly and offering forums for discussion and listening. In support of those meetings, this page will be updated with resources and links for members and visitors to view, as we seek to share information that we find valuable in aiding our collaborative effort. For now, please view our first resource list outlined below:
AAP – American Academy of Pediatrics Multiple resources for parents and teens
SAHM – Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine – multitude of resources for parents and teens
CHOP – Center for Advanced Behavioral Healthcare
NIMH – National Institute for Mental Health
NAPNAP – Professional organization for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners resources for parents
MONTGOMERY COUNTY SERVICES
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Mental Health: https://www.montcopa.org/2783/Health-and-Human-Services
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Montgomery County Affiliate, Lansdale,PA: www.montcopanami.org
Montgomery County Mobile Crisis Services – 855-634-4673
Suicide hotline 988
Center for Parent and Teen Communication https://parentandteen.com.
This is a website which offers advice for parents, teens and educators. Subscription available for daily, weekly, or educators newletters.
youngwomenshealth.org; youngmenshealth.org – resources for young women and men on a variety of physical, social and mental health concerns.
cap4kids.org/philadelphia/ a compendium of resources and referral sites in Philadelphia for a multitude of health conditions and concerns
ColumbusRecoveryCenter.com, an online resource dedicated to providing information and support to people fighting addiction and substance abuse.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255
National Alliance of Mental Illness Mental Health by the Numbers – These visual charts provide statistics on mental health across the U.S.
Bright Futures Developmental Tools for Families and Providers – This toolkit provides families and providers with the resources needed to help start a conversation about health social and mental development in children and teens.
CDC Mental Health Information – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website includes basic information as well as publications and data statistics.
MentalHealth.gov – A federal online resource that discusses the early warning signs for mental health situations and provides resources for approaching someone about their mental health. Some resources also available in Spanish.
National Institute of Mental Health’s Child and Mental Health page – NIMH’s website provides publications, statistics, educational resources and information on treatment.
Start Your Recovery – a website developed by bringing together experts in substance abuse treatment from leading nonprofit, academic, and government institutions that offers people a single source of relatable, reliable information at any stage of their substance misuse recovery journey.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – SAMHSA provides information on both mental health and substance abuse through programs they run, data and publications.
SAMHSA Community Conversations About Mental Health – This toolkit provides resources designed to help promote mental health and access to treatment and recovery services within the community.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: Facts for Families Guide – This website includes a variety of topics to choose from and provides information on different mental health conditions as well as links to other helpful resources.
Enfleshed – Spiritual Nourishment for Collective Liberation and Enfleshed, the Vita Divina Project, enfleshed.com
Social Media Addiction — the link below shares insight into which apps are perhaps the most addictive; and how Social Media in general, while a tool, can also be detrimental to our mental health. lanierlawfirm.com/social-
logoffmovement.org – this resource assists teens in creating a healthier
relationship with social media. The site has blogs, podcasts, digital
plans to reduce screen time and suggestions to improve mental health,
plus recommendations for community outreach and real-world connections.
BOOKS FOR PARENTS
“The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable, and Compassionate
“Adolescents” – Lisa Damour, PhD. Ballentine Books, 2023
“Behind Their Screens: What Teens Are Facing (And Adults Are Missing)” – Emily Weinstein and Carrie James. MIT Press, 2022
“Coping Skills for Teens Workbook – 60 Helpful Ways to Deal with Stress, Anxiety and Anger” – Janine Halloran, M.A., LMHC. www.copingskillsforkids.org. 2020
“Outside the Lines- How embracing queerness will transform your faith” – Mihee Kim Kort (mkimkort.com)