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You can get help for your child using the following resources. You may need to call several places to determine which one best meets your needs.

National Mental Health Resources

  • 1-800-237-TALK (8255) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.
  • Text 'ACT' to the Crisis Text Line at 741741 24/7 for free, confidential support. 
  • Find quality treatment options close to home using Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration's (SAMHSA) confidential and anonymous online treatment locator: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov.
  • 1-800-662-HELP (4357) SAMHSA's National Helpline: Call for 24/7, free and confidential information for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues.
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Take the Screening

Take a moment to check in on your child's mental health. This anonymous screening allows you to review the screening your child will receive as a part of SOS. 

Parent Brief Screen for Adolescent Depression

Mental health screening is an educational tool that teaches students about the symptoms of depression and encourages them to seek help based on their self-assessment. Some parents may be concerned about depression/suicide screening because of a common myth: asking kids about suicide (in person or on a survey) could put the idea in their head. Rest assured that evidence-based suicide prevention programming, including screening, is safe and effective. After years of research, there is no evidence that screening youth for suicide induces suicidal thinking or behavior (Gould et al., 2007).  

  • Mental health screenings are for educational purposes and do not provide a diagnosis. 

  • The goal of in-school screening is for students to identify symptoms consistent with depression and/or suicide risk and for school staff to advise a complete professional evaluation. 

If you are concerned about your child, resources are always available. 

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