Yes. The purpose of 121help.me is to help children and youth in crisis but we recognize that sometimes young people are afraid to call for help or may not even understand that they are in crisis. That’s why 121help.me is also here to help parents and guardians who are concerned about a child or teenager. If, as a parent, you are yourself overwhelmed and feel that you are facing a crisis because of a problem with your child, you are also encouraged to call us and get the support you need.
We believe that there is no fixed definition of an emergency — if it feels like a crisis to you, we urge you to call us at 1-855-201-2121. Our trained counselors will provide immediate assistance and can also help you make a plan to get further support from other services and programs.
The behavior of depressed children and teenagers may differ from the behavior of depressed adults. If one or more of these signs of depression persist, you should seek help:
A child who used to play often with friends may now spend most of the time alone and without interests. Things that were once fun now bring little joy to the depressed child. Children and adolescents who are depressed may say they want to be dead or may talk about suicide. Depressed children and adolescents are at increased risk for committing suicide. Depressed adolescents may abuse alcohol or other drugs as a way of trying to feel better.
Children and adolescents who cause trouble at home or at school may also be suffering from depression. Because the youngster may not always seem sad, parents and teachers may not realize that troublesome behavior is a sign of depression. When asked directly, these children can sometimes state they are unhappy or sad.
Early diagnosis and treatment are essential for depressed children. Depression is a real illness that requires professional help. For help, parents should ask their physician to refer them to a qualified mental health professional, who can diagnose and treat depression in children and teenagers. The counselors at 121help.me are here to help you decide what to do.
Youth aged 12 and older can receive confidential counseling services without a parent’s consent. However, there are some situations when safety concerns outweigh the right to privacy. So if a youth tells a counselor that somebody under the age of 16 is being hurt by somebody else or that he or she is thinking about self-harm or harming others, we do not need consent to share that information with parents and other authorities. All other details revealed in counseling are confidential unless the youth waives the right to privacy and consents to his or her information being shared.
Absolutely. Services are provided in a confidential manner and your family’s information is kept secure. Situations in which children or youth are at risk to themselves or others will need to be handled differently and the counselor will talk that over with you.
Contacting the counselors at 121help.me may be a good place to start. We offer youth and their families the opportunity to address a wide range of issues. Another helpful resource is the National Association of School Psychologists at
If you are concerned about your teen, we urge you to contact the counselors at 121help.me. We are here to support youth and their parents. We can provide you with tips and suggestions on how to approach your teen, and we can direct you to a range of support services that could benefit you and your family.
National Association of School Psychologists
Useful information, links and resources for parents and professionals to enhance children’s well being at home and at school. Topics include: Back to school, Crisis & Safety, Behavior, Helping Children Cope, Parenting, and many others.
Parenting.org from Boys Town
This site is for parents and provides useful information on parenting practices that can help in the day-to-day development of your children.
National Stepfamily Resource Center
The National Stepfamily Resource Center’s primary objective is serving as a clearinghouse of information, linking family science research on stepfamilies and best practices in work with couples and children in stepfamilies.
Current and planned activities include: resources for stepfamilies, Facts and FAQs about stepfamilies, posted research summaries and annotated bibliographies of stepfamily research, training institutes for family life and marriage educators, training institutes for therapists and counselors, media consulting on stepfamily issues, expert consulting on special projects, programs, and products targeting stepfamilies; and development of educational materials for use with stepfamilies.
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National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
This site provides information for parents in helping children cope in crisis, identifying warning signs and general mental health. The NICHD, established by congress in 1962, conducts and supports research on topics related to the health of children, adults, families, and populations. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/cope_with_crisis_book/sub11.cfm
Mental Health America
Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis.
This website provides expert, ad-free, user-friendly educational materials and resources to help people improve their emotional well-being; and make more informed health decisions. The Helpguide staff creates and updates these materials after researching unbiased, reliable, professional sources about mental health and emotional topics, childhood and family issues, and healthy living. The site also has information for parents relating to parenting, mental health in children, bullying, teen depression etc.
KidsGrowth.com is a unique Web site tailored specifically toward the concerns and interests of today's parents. The site was developed and created by well-respected medical leaders in the field of pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Members of the Medical Advisory Board oversee all KidsGrowth content, thereby guaranteeing its medical accuracy.
American Academy of Pediatrics
The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Online resource providing credible, reliable health information.