Children & Youth Resources

NAMI NJ Recommended Books on Mental Health and Mental Illness for K-12

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

CHILDREN’S SYSTEM OF CARE

www.state.nj.us/dcf/families/csc

Children’s System of Care (formerly Division of Child Behavioral Health Services (DCBHS)) serves children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral health care challenges and their families. CSOC is committed to providing these services based on the needs of the child and family in a family-centered, community-based environment.

The following services are available:

• Mobile Response and Stabilization Services

• Care Management Organizations

• Youth Case Management Services

• Family Support Organizations

For questions about or to access services for children and youth, call the 24-hour, toll-free Access Line at: 1-877-652-7624.

 

NAMI new tip sheets for youth and families on first episode psychosis:

http://www.nami.org/getattachment/Learn-More/Infographics-Fact-Sheets/tipsheet_earlypsychosis_01v3.pdf

http://www.nami.org/getattachment/Learn-More/Infographics-Fact-Sheets/tipsheet_earlypsychosis_02v3.pdf

 

THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY (AACAP)

www.aacap.org

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is the leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by these disorders. The AACAP developed Facts for Families to provide concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families.

 

NEW JERSEY PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION (NJPA)

www.psychnj.org

The New Jersey Psychiatric Association is a professional organization of about 1,000 physicians qualified by training and experience in the treatment of mental illness. Founded in 1935, NJPA is a District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association and is the official voice of organized psychiatry in New Jersey. The Website has a physician locator.

P.O. Box 428
Bedminster, NJ 07921
Tel: 908-719-2222
Fax: 908-719-4747
Email: info@njpsychiatry.org

 

CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH ATTENTION-DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (CHADD)

www.chadd.org

CHADD is a national non-profit, tax-exempt (Section 501(c)(3)) organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD. In addition to the informative website, CHADD also publishes a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances, medications, and treatments affecting individuals with ADHD. These materials include Attention magazine and a free electronically mailed informational newsletter, as well as other publications of specific interest to educators, professionals, adults with ADHD, and parents.

 

THE AUTISM SOCIETY

www.autism-society.org

ASA is the oldest and largest grassroots organization dedicated to autism in the world. Today, more than 100,000 members and supporters are connected through a working network of over 150 chapters nationwide. ASA is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families and the professionals with whom they interact.

For more information on autism or ASA, call 1 (800) 3AUTISM (328-8476) 

 

AUTISM SPEAKS    

www.autismspeaks.org

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead. Autism Response Team (ART) members are specially trained to connect families with information, resources and opportunities.

Call: (888) 288-4762
En Español: (888) 772-9050
Email: familyservices@autismspeaks.org

 

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT BIPOLAR FOUNDATION

www.thebalancedmind.org

The Balanced Mind Foundation guides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support and stability they seek.

 

NATIONAL EATING DISORDER ASSOCIATION (NEDA)

www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.

 

THE LEARNING DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION OF NJ (LDANJ)

www.ldanj.org

LDANJ, the state affiliate of LDA of America (LDAA), is a nonprofit organization of volunteers dedicated to providing information, support, and advocacy for children and adults with learning disabilities. Our members include individuals with learning disabilities, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

 

ASPERGER’S & THE AUTISM SPECTRUM – 101 NOTEWORTHY SITES

phdinspecialeducation.com/autism-aspergers

A compilation of the best Autism and Asperger’s resources on the web including news, organizations, and professional and personal blogs.

 

CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH – New Report/CDC

www.cdc.gov/features/childrensmentalhealth

On May 16, 2013, a new CDC report was released that describes, for the first time, federal activities that track U.S. children’s mental disorders. Find out about children’s mental health and what we have learned.

 

F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders)

www.Feast-ed.org

F.E.A.S.T. is an international organization of and for parents and caregivers to help loved ones recover from eating disorders by providing information and mutual support, promoting evidence-based treatment, and advocating for research and education to reduce the suffering associated with eating disorders.

 

NATIONAL DISSEMINATION CENTER FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

www.nichcy.org
800-695-0285

Information on disabilities, special education and related services, IEPs, transition and more

 

WRIGHTSLAW

www.wrightslaw.com

Parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys can find accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy tips

 

SCCAT: Statewide Clinical Consultation & Training

www.sccatnj.org

SCCAT began in 2000 as a NJ Division of Mental Health Services (DMHS) contracted service to help individuals with developmental disabilities and co-occurring mental health or behavioral problems obtain the needed level of behavioral health support within the least restrictive setting. SCCAT provides crisis response to people with mental illness in a variety of settings to help manage behavioral crises in place, to avert unnecessary hospitalizations and assist people with mental illness and their professional and family supports obtain needed expertise to return people with mental illness to baseline functioning.

 

SAY IT OUT LOUD

www.nami.org/sayitoutloud

One in five teens lives with a mental health condition and yet more than half are not getting the help they need. Stigma remains a barrier to teens seeking help. Raising awareness by sharing information and starting conversations about mental health is key in reducing stigma and increasing the likelihood that teens will seek mental health care when they need it. NAMI created Say it Out Loud to get teens talking about mental health. Say it Out Loud gives adults the tools they need to hold conversations about mental health with teens.

 

Asperger’s Skill Building Network

The Asperger’s Skill Building Network is part of the National Institute for People with Disabilities of NJ (a member of the YAI network of agencies).  We provide intensive social and vocational skills training, as well as support for adults ages 18 and over. The program uses the latest evidence-based research and skilled clinical staff to facilitate individual growth in employability, sociability, and self-awareness.  Groups of about 12 participants meet with 2 staff, twice per week, for 5 hours per day.  In these groups, individuals have the opportunity to gain support from welcoming and accepting peers while learning and practicing various skills via fun and dynamic hands-on activities, such as skits and role-plays, acting games, yoga, videotaping and viewing, and community outings.

 

 

PARENT RESOURCES

NAMI BASICS

NAMI Basics is a NAMI signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. The course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years. All instruction and course materials are free to class participants.

 

ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

www.rwjuh.edu/health_information/adult_mentalhealth_teenhub.html

Comprehensive list of mental health disorders in children and teens.

 

NAMI CHILD AND ADOLESCENT ACTION CENTER

The NAMI Child & Adolescent Action Center (CAAC) works to improve the lives of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses and their families through advocacy, support and education.

     NAMI Fact Sheets on Chidren’s Mental Health Disorders


FAMILY SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS (FSO)

www.state.nj.us/dcf/families/support/support

Family Support Organizations (FSO’s) are family-run, county-based organizations that provide direct family-to-family peer support, education, advocacy and other services to family members of children with emotional and behavioral problems. To access services, you may call these organizations directly or call 1-877- 652-7624.

 

STATEWIDE PARENT ADVOCACY NETWORK (SPAN)

www.spannj.org

The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New Jersey (SPAN) is a chapter of the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (FFCMH). SPAN is a member of the New Jersey Alliance of Family Support Organizations (NJAFSO), the New Jersey State Organization for the FFCMH and the SAMHSA-funded Statewide Family Network for New Jersey. SPAN collaborates with NJFASO and county Family Support Organizations in providing information, training, technical assistance and support to families of children with behavioral, emotional, and mental health challenges.
1-800-654-SPAN (7726)

 

MOM 2 MOM

www.mom2mom.us.com

A 24 hour, 7 day a week helpline coordinated by Rutgers-University Behavioral HealthCare. The helpline features peer support, telephone assessments, a network of referral services and support groups.

1-877-914-6662 (1-877-914-MOM2)

 

THE BALANCED MIND

www.thebalancedmind.org

A project of  Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

 

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE

www.childmind.org

Dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere. The organization is committed to finding more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families with help, hope, and answers. The Child Mind Institute does not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry.

 

CHILDREN WITH PTSD

www.ptsdsupport.net/childptsd.html

 

FEDERATION FOR FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH

www.ffcmh.org

A national family-run organization that assists children/adolescents with mental health needs. It offers training programs for family members.

 

ParentsMedGuide

www.parentsmedguide.org

This site includes fact sheets on the use of medications for treating depression in children and adolescents, advice on treatment plans, and advocacy tips. Also features a guide, “PhysiciansMedGuide,” for general practitionerson the use of medications for depression.

 

FAMILIES FOR DEPRESSION AWARENESS

familyaware.org

Helps families recognize and cope with depressive disorders to get people well and prevent suicides.

 

FEDERAL GUIDE TO HELP PARENTS MAKE SAFE CHOICES WHEN CHOOSING A RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT PROGRAM FOR THEIR CHILDREN

www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0185-residential-treatment-programs-teens

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released the first-ever federal consumer guide to assist parents in choosing a safe residential treatment program for their children. The guide was issued as part of FTC’s investigation into the deceptive marketing practices of some residential treatment programs, which was requested by Rep. George Miller (D-CA).

 

SIBLING SUPPORT PROJECT

www.siblingsupport.org

A national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns. Community-based peer support programs for young siblings; hosting workshops, listservs, and websites for young and adult siblings; and increasing parents’ and providers’ awareness of siblings’ unique, lifelong, and ever-changing concerns through workshops, websites, and written materials.   SibNet is the Internet’s first and largest groups for adult brothers and sisters of people with special health, developmental, and emotional needs.

 

REACTIVE ATTACHMENT DISORDER:

www.radkid.org

www.attach.org

 

SCCAT: Statewide Clinical Consultation & Training

www.sccatnj.org

SCCAT began in 2000 as a NJ Division of Mental Health Services (DMHS) contracted service to help individuals with developmental disabilities and co-occurring mental health or behavioral problems obtain the needed level of behavioral health support within the least restrictive setting. SCCAT provides crisis response to people with mental illness in a variety of settings to help manage behavioral crises in place, to avert unnecessary hospitalizations and assist people with mental illness and their professional and family supports obtain needed expertise to return people with mental illness to baseline functioning.  Download SCCAT’s Family Crisis Handbook.

 

THE CLAY CENTER FOR YOUNG HEALTHY MINDS

www.pathstodream.org

Founded in 2013, The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital is built on the belief that knowledge is power. To that end, The Clay Center aims to be a reliable and trusted source of information on how to understand and support the mental health and learning needs of young people, prevent hardships and develop coping strategies for those at risk of emotional distress. Its primary goals are to:
1.Enhance resilience, a person’s ability to maintain personal and social stability despite adversity.
2.Increase awareness of mental health and learning challenges and available treatments among parents, and those who work directly with young people.
3.Provide guidance around self-care, and when to seek help from a professional.

 

 

CHILDREN/YOUTH RESOURCES

2NDFLOOR: Youth Helpline of New Jersey

www.2ndfloor.org

2NDFLOOR is a confidential and anonymous helpline for New Jersey’s youth and young adults. We are here to help you find solutions to the problems that you face and we are available 24/7 365 days a year.

 

EVERY MIND MATTERS

“Every Mind Matters” (EMM) is a mental illness education program of NAMI New Jersey targeted to children in Grades 5-9. This program is designed to teach children the importance of taking care of their mental health, as well as their physical health. EMM explains the meaning of stigma and how we can stamp out stigma related to persons with disabilities. The program also teaches about famous people who have made great contributions to our society, despite their disabilities.

 

BRIGHT FUTURES FOR KIDS

A free support and education group for children ages 4-12. 

 

NJ HOTLINES FOR KIDS

List of hotlines and info lines for children and their parents.

 

NAMI ON CAMPUS

Provides information and resources to students living with mental health conditions.

 

STRENGTH OF US

www.strengthofus.org

An online community developed by NAMI and young adults that offers opportunities for connection and support.

 

Proud2BMe

www.Proud2Bme.org

Proud2BMe is an online community created by and for teens. We cover everything from fashion and beauty to news, culture, and entertainment—all with the goal of promoting positive body image and encouraging healthy attitudes about food and weight.

 

OK2TAlk

ok2talk.org

Creates a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourages them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope.

 

ULIFELINE

www.ulifeline.org

An online resource center for college student mental health and emotional well-being.

 

TOP 5 MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS FACING COLLEGE STUDENTS from BestColleges.com

 

STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES from AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org

 

UNDERSTANDING CYBERBULLYING IN COLLEGE from affordablecollegesonline.org 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL/EDUCATOR RESOURCES

EDUCATING THE EDUCATORS

Educating the Educators (ETE) is a program developed by NAMI New Jersey to enlighten/inform educators about mental illness and present practical tools to help motivate children with social and emotional disorders. Most children with these disorders are bright and creative. Many are gifted with extraordinary talents waiting to be explored. But they are often hindered by the exhaustion of the constant struggle to cope with the effects of their disorder.

 

COUNCIL FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN

www.cec.sped.org

This site features information on IDEA, has an information center on disabilities and gifted education, and resources for professional development.

 

ParentsMedGuide

www.parentsmedguide.org

This site includes fact sheets on the use of medications for treating depression in children and adolescents, advice on treatment plans, and advocacy tips. Also features a guide, “PhysiciansMedGuide,” for general practitioners on the use of medications for depression.

 

SCCAT: Statewide Clinical Consultation & Training

www.sccatnj.org

SCCAT began in 2000 as a NJ Division of Mental Health Services (DMHS) contracted service to help individuals with developmental disabilities and co-occurring mental health or behavioral problems obtain the needed level of behavioral health support within the least restrictive setting. SCCAT confers with providers to offer technical assistance to partial care programs, community mental health centers, inpatient psychiatric units, state and county psychiatric facilities and with DD providers to identify levels of mental health support needed. SCCAT provides crisis response to people with mental illness in a variety of settings to help manage behavioral crises in place, to avert unnecessary hospitalizations and assist people with mental illness and their professional and family supports obtain needed expertise to return people with mental illness to baseline functioning.

 

THE CLAY CENTER FOR YOUNG HEALTHY MINDS

www.pathstodream.org

Founded in 2013, The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital is built on the belief that knowledge is power. To that end, The Clay Center aims to be a reliable and trusted source of information on how to understand and support the mental health and learning needs of young people, prevent hardships and develop coping strategies for those at risk of emotional distress. Its primary goals are to:
1.Enhance resilience, a person’s ability to maintain personal and social stability despite adversity.
2.Increase awareness of mental health and learning challenges and available treatments among parents, and those who work directly with young people.
3.Provide guidance around self-care, and when to seek help from a professional.