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For Parents and Caregivers

Fact Sheets

Facts and Stats on Youth Mental Health 
Information on youth mental health.

Common Mental Health Warning Signs 
How to spot the common mental health warning signs.

Facts and Stats on Youth Suicide 
Information on youth suicide risk.

What Families Can Do When a Child May Have a Mental Illness 
Tips on how to help when you think your child may have a mental illness.

Tips for Integrating Mental Health and Primary Care 
Families offer tips on how to effectively communicate with their primary care providers.

How to Stop Bullying
Bullying can have lasting effects on youth. Learn the warning signs and how to stop it.

Family Guides

A Family Guide: What Families Need to Know about Evidence-Based Practices
This guide is designed to inform families about evidence-based practices (EBPs) in children's mental health and to share information on an array of treatment and support options.

A Family Guide: What Families Need to Know about Adolescent Depression
This guide helps families recognize the signs of adolescent depression and informs them of their treatment options.

Reinvesting in the Community: A Family Guide to Expanding Home and Community-Based Mental Health Services and Supports
This guide is designed to inform families about effective home and community-based services and supports for youth their families.

A Family Guide: Integrating Mental Health and Primary Care
This guide helps families get involved in the integrated care movement and improve the quality of care their child receives in the pediatric primary care setting.

Other Resources

A Resource for Families Considering Residential Treatment Programs for Their Children
This resource provides suggestions and information to help you make an informed decision about sending your child to residential treatment.

ADHD Resource Center
Visit NAMI's ADHD Resource Center for information about diagnosing, treating and living with ADHD.

NAMI Parents and Teachers as Allies
This two-hour in-service program focuses on helping school professionals and families better understand the early warning signs of mental illnesses how best to intervene so that youth with mental health treatment needs are linked with services.

NAMI Basics
NAMI Basics is an educational program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. It covers the fundamentals of caring for yourself, for your family and for your child.

Innovative Programs Targeting Youth and Young Adults Living with Mental Illness and their Families
This catalog of programs and activities is designed to allow NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates to learn about programs in the field that focus on youth and young adults. The programs listed include those developed by NAMI at all levels of the organization and other programs and activities developed outside of NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates.

Informational Sheet: Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Programs and Activities
We would like to include your programs and activities in our catalog. Use this form to describe what programs you have for children, adolescents and young adults impacted by mental illness.

NAMI Beginnings
NAMI Beginnings is no longer in publication, but you can download past issues here.

Emotional Health and Your College Student: A Guide for Parents
This guide helps parents support and encourage healthy, positive lifestyles for their children during the college years.

  • 13% of youth aged 8-15 live with mental illness severe enough to cause significant impairment in their day-to-day lives. This figure jumps to 21% in youth aged 13-18.
  • 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24.
  • Approximately 50% of students aged 14 and older with mental illness drop out of high school—the highest dropout rate of any disability group.
  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in youth and young adults aged 15-24.
  • A high percentage of high school students report having considered, planned or attempted suicide with research showing females at higher rates.
  • 70% of youth in state and local juvenile justice systems have mental illness, with at least 20% experiencing severe symptoms. This is what can happen for many youth when they aren’t connected with mental health services.