Although we only allow adults age 19 and older to attend our meetings, we recognize that kids and teens also live with mood disorders. Here are some resources that may help younger people and their families:
In New Jersey:
NJ Department of Children and Families (DCF)
The New Jersey Department of Children and Families is dedicated to ensuring the safety, well-being, and success of children, youth, families, and communities.
Family Support Organizations of NJ
Family Support Organizations (FSO’s) are family-run, county-based organizations that provide direct family-to-family peer support, education, advocacy and other services to family members of children with emotional and behavioral problems. To access services, you may call these organizations directly or call 1-877- 652-7624.
2NDFLOOR (for ages 10 to 24 in NJ)
Dial 1-888-222-2228 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
2NDFLOOR is a confidential and anonymous helpline for New Jersey’s youth and young adults. We are here to help you find solutions to the problems that you face and we are available 24/7 365 days a year.
Minding Your Mind (MYM) (Philadelphia area)
Minding Your Mind’s (MYM) primary objective is to provide mental health education to adolescents, teens and young adults, their parents, teachers and school administrators. Our goal is to reduce the stigma and destructive behaviors often associated with mental health issues and illnesses.
The Balanced Mind Parent Network (BMPN)
The Balanced Mind Parent Network (BMPN), a program of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), guides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support and stability they seek.
Child Mind Institute
The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere.
The goal of OK2TALK is to create a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourage them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope.
Active Minds is the leading nonprofit organization that empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. We are changing the culture on campuses and in the community by providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation.
The Jed Foundation
The Jed Foundation’s mission is to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students. To achieve this end, the organization collaborates with the public and leaders in higher education, mental health, and research.
Facebook and Instagram Guide: Help a Friend in Need
Facebook and Instagram are proud to work with The Jed Foundation and The Clinton Foundation, non-profits that work to promote emotional well being, to share potential warning signs that a friend might be in emotional distress and need your help.
Youth Mental Health from Youth.gov
Youth.gov was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), which promotes the goal of positive, healthy outcomes for youth.