Mental Health Resources for Families
NIHCM Newsletter: Teen Mental Health & Wellness
Free, Confidential Non-Crisis Peer Support For ALL ALABAMIANS!
The Alabama WARM LINE is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide Alabama callers with a listening, empathetic ear. Our Warm Line Specialists are Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) who utilize their personal experiences living through various mental health challenges, homelessness, suicidal ideations, feeling overwhelmed, substance abuse, loneliness, etc. to SUPPORT callers. When you need someone to listen without judgement or criticism.
The National Crisis Hotline - 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
Crisis Text Line
To text with a live trained Crisis Counselor, text HOME to 741741.
All calls are confidential, or dial 911 in an emergency.
How Parents Can Help Youth & Adolescents Experiencing a Mental Illness:
Remain sensitive to your youth's moods & behavior and any changes.
Monitor symptoms and responses to medication.
Provide encouragement and support for self-care.
Talk with other care-givers.
5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain
1) ASK: "Are you thinking about killing yourself?" While it is not an easy question to ask, studies show that asking the ? does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.
2) KEEP THEM SAFE: Reduce access to lethal items or place.
3) BE THERE: Listen carefully. Acknowledge their feelings.
4) HELP THEM CONNECT: Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number in your phone so it is there when you need it. 1-800-273-8255
5) STAY CONNECTED: Follow up. Stay in touch after a crisis or being discharged from care.