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Resources for Families

This comprehensive resource list was compiled as a supplement to the Family Guide on What Families Should Know about Adolescent Depression. This guide can be accessed at  or ordered through the NAMI Store at

For more information on depression and referral services, contact NAMI’s HelpLine at 1 (800) 950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Eastern Time.

For Spanish language resources on child and adolescent mental health conditions and treatment options, visit NAMI’s Spanish language website at

Mental Health Advocacy Organizations

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Families for Depression Awareness

Mental Health America

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Suicide Prevention Organizations

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Suicide Prevention Action Network USA

The Trevor Project: Suicide Prevention for GLBT Youth

Health Care Provider Organizations

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Pediatrics—Children’s Mental Health in Primary Care

American Psychiatric Association

American Psychological Association

The National Council

Federal Agencies

Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—Information about the Black Box Warning

FDA Medication Guides for Families (search for “Medication Guides”)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force—Recommendations on Depression Screening in Primary Care

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Cognitive Behavior Therapy: What It Is and How it Works? (search for “CBT”)

National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists

SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) (search for “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adolescent Depression”)

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy

NIMH Studies on Adolescent Depression

Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS) (search for “TADS”)

Treatment of SSRI-resistant Depression in Adolescents (TORDIA) Study (search for “TORDIA”)

Treatment of Adolescent Suicide Attempters (TASA) Study (search for “TASA”)

Substance Use Interventions and Information

Alcoholics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous

SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

Other Helpful Resources

AACAP Resource Center on Depression

Choosing the Right Treatment: What Families Need to Know About Evidence-based Practices

Cope.Care.Deal (a mental health site for teens by the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands)

NAMI Basics (a parent and caregiver education and support program) (a resource developed by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) (NAMI’s online resource center and social networking website for youth and young adults living with mental health conditions)

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