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Mental Health Resources

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens: A Parent’s Guide
This booklet is a guide for parents who think their child may have symptoms of bipolar disorder, or parents whose child has been diagnosed. (2020).

Guide for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to Become Good Shoppers for Mental Health Services:  Help! I Need a Therapist!
This booklet was created by the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities

Give an Hour – Rare Disease Caregiver Support
Give an Hour is creating resilient communities of support for caregivers and families affected by rare disease.  Through one-on-one peer support, group support, professional training and research, GAH builds a sustainable support system for rare caregivers.

Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership – Online Resources for Parents and Caregivers
The Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership (ICMHP) is the only statewide, public/private partnership of policymakers and advocates in Illinois committed to improving the scope, quality, and access of mental health programs, services, and supports for children.

Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) – Division of Mental Health (DMH)
The Division of Mental Health (DMH) provides a wide variety of services at all levels for adults and children throughout the state.

Illinois Mental Health Collaborative
This website is designed as a practical source of information and motivation.  Explore the Consumer and Family Handbook, Achieve Solutions® and other recovery and resilience resources in addition to obtaining updated information for children and families, coming local and statewide events and ongoing activities, and beneficial contacts.  Includes a “Find a Mental Health Provider” search. provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information.

NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness
From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.
NAMI – Illinois
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Illinois (NAMI Illinois) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by volunteers in 1984. NAMI Illinois is affiliated with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and has 20 local Affiliates throughout Illinois.

Since 1979, NAMI Chicago has fought for families and individuals impacted by mental health conditions. We promote community wellness, break down barriers to mental health care and provide support and expertise for families, professionals and individuals in Chicago and beyond.

National Institute of Mental Health
The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and cure.

Residential Treatment for Youth with Mental Health Needs – A Guide for Parents
Residential Treatment for Youth with Mental Health Needs: A Guide for Parents and Guardians was developed through the ICMHP by a group that included parents of youths with mental illness, mental health providers,residential treatment providers,and education and child welfare experts.

SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

SASS – Screening, Assessment and Support Services – In an effort to provide improved coordination in the delivery of mental health services to youth, Illinois developed the Screening, Assessment and Support Services (SASS) program for children and adolescents experiencing a mental health crisis.