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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).

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 LANS – Illinois LANs designation map.

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.

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.

StrengthofUs – Online Community for Young Adults from NAMI
StrengthofUs is an online community designed to empower young adults through resource sharing and peer support and to build connections for those navigating the unique challenges and opportunities in the transition-age years.