Mental Health Resources for Children, Teens, and Adults

In the wake of current events, the past couple of weeks have been traumatizing to many. Recognizing the mental health impact of these times, we've developed a list of mental health resources available to find out more information and/or get connected with help. 

Please note: Resources on this page are provided for informational purposes only.

Check out the mental health resources available for children, teens, and adults:

On the Web:

Support

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: If you need support, call 1-800-273-8255 or chat with the Lifeline.

Colorado Crisis Services: Colorado Crisis Services is the statewide behavioral health crisis response system offering residents mental health, substance use or emotional crisis help, information and referrals. Its mission is to strengthen Colorado’s mental health system by providing Coloradans with greater access to crisis services wherever they are at 24/7/365 regardless of ability to pay. Call 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255

Mental Health Center of Denver Services for Young Adults (for ages 15-26)

AdditionResources.net: Addiction Resources aims to break down the barriers and stigmas that surround substance abuse with free, accurate, and valuable information. This resource is a medically reviewed (shown in the top right corner) list of addiction hotlines. They work in the way suicide and other crisis lines do: they are confidential, free, and are available 365 days a year and 24 hours a day. The resource page also provides community-specific hotlines for veterans, the LGBTQ community, sexual assault victims, and domestic violence. Besides that, it talks about what kind of questions a drug hotline might ask and what you can expect from calling a hotline, among other things.

The Mighty: The Mighty is a digital health community created to empower and connect people facing health challenges [mind and body] and disabilities.

The Trevor Project: The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

You Matter: You Matter is a safe space for youth to discuss and share stories about mental health and wellness, created and administered by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. (for ages 13-24)

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Colorado online family support groups

Information and Resources

Active Minds: Our consistent message, amplified by nearly 16,000 young adults each year, is that mental health needs to be talked about as easily as physical health. Only then can we bring suicide and mental health into the open so no one struggles alone. (for young adults and those of traditional college age)

Choosing Therapy: “How to choose a therapist”

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy website: DBT is a technique focusing on four core strategies: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal skills. This website includes information, skill guides, videos, worksheets, and more

TIPP: a strategy for managing overwhelming emotions in the moment

Ditch the Label: As a leading and global youth organisation, we’re here to help young people overcome the issues that affect and hold them back the most. Our core strands of support include bullying, digital wellbeing, mental health, relationships and identity. (for ages 25 and younger)

Gender Spectrum: Information and support for people of all ages, including family members of trans people

Love is Respect: Love is respect is the national resource to disrupt and prevent unhealthy relationships and intimate partner violence by empowering young people through inclusive and equitable education, support, and resources. (aimed toward young people, yet open for all)

"How Art Therapy Can Improve Your Mental and Emotional Health": Explores how artmaking can uncover certain thoughts, feelings, and experiences, which helps individuals process and address these emotions. This resource shares what to expect in an art therapy session, how it works, the benefits, and questions to consider before seeking treatment. 

Teen Mental Health — A Guide for Parents: Tips and advice for parents to help their teens overcome body image issues, academic anxiety, peer pressure, and cyberbullying, including links to other important teen mental health resources - all of which can be helpful in these uncertain times. 

Suicide and Addiction: Discusses suicide risk factors, warning signs and prevention, and lists helpful crisis lines. 

What Should I do if my Loved One is Suicidal?: Provides information on how to check on your loved one.  

How are Addiction, Depression and Suicide Linked?: Gives statistics on suicide, the role mental health plays and taking action to prevent suicide. 

For these uncertain times

Teens:

Free resource list from Mental Health Colorado: During this time of uncertainty, it is vital to prioritize our mental health. Meditating, listening to music, learning, moving our bodies, and participating in activities that bring us JOY are wonderful ways to take care of ourselves. We also list resources related to housing, financial, and health concerns/questions.

Refinery29: “How to manage your mental health after a week of sadness and chaos”

"Mental Health Guide for High School Students": offers in-depth information in several, with the goal of helping teens build lifelong self-care habits, including a long list of actionable steps teens can take for mental health, a variety of resources designed to help high school students tackle common mental health issues, and mental health strategies for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adults:

Free resource list from Mental Health Colorado: During this time of uncertainty, it is vital to prioritize our mental health. Meditating, listening to music, learning, moving our bodies, and participating in activities that bring us JOY are wonderful ways to take care of ourselves. We also list resources related to housing, financial, and health concerns/questions.

Refinery29: “How to manage your mental health after a week of sadness and chaos”

TEACHING ABOUT RACE, RACISM AND POLICE VIOLENCE: Helpful resources that aid in the facilitation of conversations around race, racism, and police violence

To Sustain the Tough Conversations, Active Listening Must Be the Norm: A reminder that the emphasis in these conversations should be put on listening. When in doubt listening to your staff and your students, if you are feeling stuck, ask a question and do some more listening

Coping with a Traumatic Event: Helpful resource for understanding what constitutes as a traumatic event and some common responses.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Recent Shooting (English) and (Spanish)

Colorado School Safety Resource Center: The Role for Caring Adults after a School or Community Tragedy

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Helping Youth After Community Trauma: Tips for Educators