Mental Health Challenges

Substance Use

National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens
National Institute on Drug Abuse - Fact Sheets


National Institute of Mental Health - Depression Publications
The Balanced Mind Foundation
Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Families for Depression Awareness
Understanding Depression: A Fact Sheet
Talking About Suicide with Friends and Peers - Provides information to support youth talking about suicide with friends and peers
Words to Use When Talking About Suicide - Provides information to help youth know what words to use when talking about suicide with friends and peers


Anxiety and Depression Association of America
National Institute of Mental Health - Anxiety Disorders
International OCD Foundation


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CHADD - The National Resource on ADHD
National Institute of Mental Health - ADHD

Youth Mental Health

Starting the Conversation: A Guide
Starting the Conversation: A Video
National Institute of Mental Health - Children and Adolescent Publications
Mental Health America

Eating Disorders

Recovery Record Eating Disorder app
Binge Eating Disorder Association
National Eating Disorders Association


National Institute of Mental Health - First Episode Psychosis
Evidence-Based Treatments for First Episode Psychosis
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Youth Psychosis Fact Sheet
Directory of Early Psychosis Intervention Programs

High Risk Populations

General Resources

Resources for Families
Fact Sheets

Community Violence

Your Child and Gangs - What You Need to Know About Trauma
Helping Students After Mass Violence - For Teachers
Helping Youth After Mass Violence - For Parents
Psychological Impact of Mass Violence
The Relationship Between Community Violence and Trauma
Community Violence Training Materials

Domestic Violence

How Does Domestic Violence Affect Children?
Where to Turn if You Are Worried About Your Child
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Facts About Domestic Violence and Physical Abuse
Domestic Violence in Illinois
Protecting Children from Domestic Violence
Illinois State Police - Domestic Violence
Traumatic Brain Injury from Domestic Violence
The Network's Emergency Fund Application for Domestic Violence Survivors

School Violence

After a School Tragedy: Readiness, Response, Recovery, & Resources

Foster Care

The Social and Emotional Well-Being of Children in Foster Care
Mental Health and Foster Care
Mental and Behavioral Health
Resource Parent Curriculum (requires signing up)
Aging Out Fact Sheet


Child Physical Abuse Fact Sheet
LGBTQ Youth and Sexual Abuse
Teen Sexual Assault - Info for Teens
Teen Sexual Assault - Info for Parents
"But Who Should I Tell?"
Child Maltreatment Statistics
The Relationship Between Child Maltreatment and Well-Being
The Relationship Between Child Maltreatment and Academic Achievement
Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect

Prenatal Substance Exposure

Alcohol Use in Pregnancy
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders


Traumatic Grief in Military Children - For Educators
Traumatic Grief in Military Children - For Medical Providers

Supportive Programs & Services

General Resources

LINK Unlimited Scholars - academic support, mentoring, college counseling
Ladies Of Virtue - mentorship and leadership for girls age 9-18
Free Lunch Academy - an artistic outreach program that uses drama
Hyde Park School of Dance - providing dance opportunities for students of all ages 
Strengthening A Nation - programming for youth ages 8-18
Affinity - social justice organization for the Black LGBTQ+ community
RJ Hubs - community-led restorative justice hubs
Adams and Associates, Inc. - providing free education, training, and assistance in finding, and keeping, successful employment
Erie Neighborhood House - programming and resources for children & youth, mental health & community wellness, adult education & training, legal services, and more
Umoja - build deep social-emotional learning (SEL) skills in educators
Future Ties - after-school and summer programming, life skills, mentoring, parent support
Matthew House Chicago - a nonprofit community based organization that provides food, shelter, housing, and supportive services to men, women and children who are homeless
Equip for Equality - a disability rights organization that provides free legal services to people with disabilities in Illinois, including children with disabilities
Rebuilding Together - a leading national nonprofit with a mission of repairing homes, revitalizing communities, and rebuilding lives.
First Tee - an after school and in-school golf program that enables kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges
Rental Assistance Programs - State and local organizations are distributing federal rental assistance in their communities. The money can help landlords and renters who are struggling to keep up with rent and other bills.
Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center - provides information about refugee mental health and wellness

Anti-Racism Resources

Anti-Racism Resources for White People - intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen anti-racism work

Black Mental Health & Wellness

Black Mental Wellness - access to evidence-based information and resources about mental health and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective

LGBTQ+ Community Resources

Center of Excellence - Training, coaching, and technical assistance for behavioral health practitioners to address disparities effecting LGBTQ+ people across all stages of life
LGBTQ Youth and Sexual Abuse - Information for mental health professionals

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 and Managing Wellness During Quarantine
Safety Planning during COVID-19 & Self Care Tips
How COVID-19 Has Affected Substance Abuse