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Did you know that 50% of lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, or that 1 in 5 youth have a diagnosable mental illness? It is critical that parents have tools and resources to help prevent the development of mental illness in youth, and to intervene when a problem arises. Research shows that one of the best mental illness protective factors for youth is having at least one strong, healthy relationship with an adult. Mental health effects everyone, and it is never too early to start talking to your child. 

Download the Youth Behavioral Health Resource Guide to find local free and low-cost services for your child.

FOR ALL PARENTS

American Psychological Association – Bullying

Resources on bullying, cyberbullying, and how to stop it. 

CDC Children’s Mental Health

Research, data and information about symptoms and treatment for mental health issues in children. 

Mental Health Channel -
"Family Portrait"

The Center is grateful for our partnership with the Mental Health Channel that allows us to share wonderful content. The series “Family Portrait” focuses on families dealing with mental illness and all of the challenges and joy that comes with it. 

MHA: What Every Child Needs for Good Mental Health

Tips for caring for your child's mental health as well as their physical health.

Risk & Protective Factors

A comprehensive list of risk and protective factors for youth mental illness. 

Texas Anti-Bullying Laws


A resource for laws in the State of Texas regarding bullying.

FOR PARENTS OF ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

Children's Mental Health Emotional E-book Library

This e-book library donated, by Capstone Interactive, has excellent books for reading to or with children that assist in the development of social emotional skills and initiate conversations around mental well being. These e-books have unlimited access with multiple users. 
Site username: mhahouston
Site password: houston

The Dana Foundation (Kids)

Learn about the brain, do virtual experiments and read articles about brain developement.  

 

FOR PARENTS OF MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

13 Resources for "13 Reasons Why" Conversations

As a parent, you have likely heard your child talk about the popular Netflix series "13 Reasons Why." Even if you haven't heard of it, chances are your child has watched it. The show depicts the suicide of a teenager girl through tapes she left that outline the various people and events that led to her death. The show addresses important issues that teens face, and it is important that parents discuss these topics with their child. Use this site to find resources that can help guide the conversation. 


 *Materials were created or identified as resources by a team of experts in behavoral health, in consultation with the Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston.