NAMI Main Line PA has compiled the following information about national, Pennsylvania and greater-Philadelphia-area resources to help transition-aged youth (ages 16-24) who are living with mental health needs, as well as their family members. A final section provides resources for succeeding in college.
Note: Information about resources for children and teens with mental health needs and their family members is available at https://namimainlinepa.org/support/services-for-children-and-teens/, and additional information is available on other pages of our website (https://namimainlinepa.org/) or by contacting us at coordinator@NAMIpaMainLine.org or 267-251-6240.
- Crisis Text Line: Free, confidential 24-hour service accessible via text message to number 741-741. People can text anonymously with a crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line. Visit The New York Times website at http://nyti.ms/1MK416g for more information.
- Teen & Youth Help Hotline: A teen-to-teen hotline with community outreach services. https://teenlineonline.org/talk-now/
- OK2TALK: An online community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems that provides a form to encourage them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Visit ok2talk.org
- Help Guide: Provides multiple guides to help individuals coping with mental health problems. Guides for teenagers on depression, suicide, self-harm, bullying, eating disorders, and substance abuse are available at http://www.helpguide.org/home-pages/teen-issues.htm
- Teen Mental Health: Provides information about multiple types of mental disorders, the teen brain, etc. http://teenmentalhealth.org/
- The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under age 25. They offer 24/7 crisis services for LGBTQ youth that are accessible via phone, online chat, or text. They offer multiple additional resources, including suicide prevention trainings. See more at: https://www.thetrevorproject.
- Parenting Strategies: Preventing adolescent alcohol misuse and coping with depression and anxiety. http://www.parentingstrategies.net/
- Youth Mental Health First Aid: Designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/take-a-course/course-types/youth/
- Runaway Hotline: Phone: 1-800-621-4000
- Mental Health America (MHA) offers the Back to School Toolkits, which provide resources about stress and loneliness and recognizing mental health problems in young people, tips for parents and teachers, and resources for students at http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/back-school.
- Selected highlights from MHA’s Back to School Toolkit 2022 are available at https://namimainlinepa.org/highlights-from-mental-health-americas-back-to-school-toolkit-2022/.
- Managing a Mental Health Condition in College: Designed to help students with a mental health condition plan proactively for academic and social success in college, know where to find support and how to put their best foot forward. See more at: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Teens-Young-Adults/Managing-a-Mental-Health-Condition-in-College#sthash.m7mpkmcX.dpuf
- NAMI on Campus: NAMI on Campus clubs work to end the stigma that makes it hard for students to talk about mental health and get the help they need. Clubs hold creative meetings, hold innovative awareness events, and offer signature NAMI programs through partnerships with NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates across the nation. See more at: http://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/NAMI-on-Campus#sthash.zNIOyHOO.dpuf
- Active Minds: Active Minds empowers students to change the perception about mental health on college campuses. http://activeminds.org/
- Advice for College Students with Mental Health Issues https://www.nami.org/collegeguide/download, http://bit.ly/2vnBspW and http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/top-ten-freshman-year-issues
- How to Access Valuable Behavioral Services in PA: Consider Medical Assistance for a Child/Teen with Serious Disability: http://wp.me/P3QT8t-Nc
- PLAN of PA (Planned Lifetime Assistance Network): Provides fee-for-service help with the transition to independent living – 610-687-4036; planofpa.org
Greater Philadelphia area
- American Day Treatment Center: For individuals with psychiatric and emotional disorders who do not require 24-hour inpatient care, American Day Treatment Center is a cost-effective option. Although it is a day program, American Day provides the structure and intensity that is typical of an inpatient program. The Center’s treatment team is led by a board-certified psychiatrist and provides a multifaceted therapeutic experience on a daily basis. http://www.mainlinehealth.org/DayTreatment
- PRYSM Youth Group: Provides a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth (ages 14-20) and their Straight Allies (LGBTQA) where they meet regularly and be themselves. The center facilitates social, educational and supportive activities, as well as opportunities to participate in outreach, activism, and leadership development. http://www.prysmyouthcenter.org/
- Mazzoni Center: Dedicated to helping the unique health and wellness needs of the LGBTQ communities. https://www.mazzonicenter.org/
- Main Line Youth Alliance: Friday night support group in Wayne. Phone: 610-688-1861
- SpeakUp!: Provides programs and a resource guide that is organized by topics that youth feel are important to talk about with their parents at https://speakup.org and https://speakup.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/SpeakUp2017ResourceGuide.pdf.
- Teen Helpline: Free telephone support for teens after school hours. Phone: 610-351-TEEN
- Hearing Voices Support Group for Young People: Meets on Mondays, from 4:30 p.m. –6 p.m. at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Avenue, in the Middleton Center, Room 203. For more information call Berta Britz at 484-681-9432.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – (Teen Community Support Group): This free, coed support group for teens ages 15-18 meets every other Thursday from 7 p.m. –8 p.m. at Radnor House Condominium, L-10, 1030 East Lancaster Avenue in Rosemont. The aim of the group, which accommodates 10 participants, is to allow for open adolescent discussion. It is not a substitute for therapy nor intended to be therapy. The group is facilitated by Andrew J. D’Amico, PhD Psychologist. Attendance is voluntary and enrollment is open. For more information or to register, go to andrewdamicophd.com
- Support Group for Parents and Caregivers of Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults with Behavioral Problems: Meets on the second Wednesday of each month, beginning at 6 p.m., at Lower Providence Presbyterian Church, 3050 Ridge Pike in Eagleville. For more information about this group, please contact NAMI Montgomery County at 215-361-7784 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Support Groups by County: Information about support groups for family members and for individuals living with mental illness in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties is available at https://namimainlinepa.org/support/support-groups-by-county-in-southeastern-pennsylvania/
- Family-to-Family: This education and support program teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively. https://namimainlinepa.org/support/family-to-family-education-basics-programs/
- General Introduction to Services for individuals with mental illness and their family members in southeastern Pennsylvania, including help lines and warm lines. https://namimainlinepa.org/services-in-sepa-2/intro-to-services/
- For behavioral health services for teens in southeastern Pennsylvania, see https://namimainlinepa.org/child-and-adolescent-mental-health-resources/.
- Mental health books for teens and their parents are included in the book list available athttps://namimainlinepa.org/mental-health-books-for-children-and-teens-and-their-parents/.
- The Bucks County LIFE Program: A countywide program that serves Bucks County families who have a child or adolescent that struggles with emotional, behavioral, social and/or learning issues. As a team of both experienced parents and professionals works closely with families to offer invaluable support as well as provide information and referral resources. http://lifeinbucks.org/
- Valley Creek Crisis: Provides a comprehensive range of mental health crisis services to assist children, adolescents and adults 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. http://chester.pa.networkofcare.org/mh/services/agency.aspx?pid=ValleyCreekCrisisCenterHolcombBehavioralHealthSystems_770_2_0
- Transition Aged Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (TADBSA): This support group is led by and created for youth and young adults (ages 14 to 25) living with a mood disorder. Meets on Tuesdays, from 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. at Community Crossroads Peer Support Center, 825 Paoli Pike in West Chester. Contact Adessa Washington for more information at 484-706-2110 or email@example.com.
- Empower Youth, LLC: A counseling facility for youth, ages 11-24, dealing with substance and mental health issues (co-occurring disorders). Provides education on risky behaviors, substance abuse, healthy boundaries, emotional awareness, and impulse control, through supportive group and individual therapy settings. http://www.empoweryouth.net/
- A Time To Heal: Support Group for Children and Teens who are experiencing a suicide loss. Phone:484-571-8010
- Depression/Bipolar Support Alliance: Springfield High School, 49 West Leamy Ave., Springfield, PA Phone:1-877-687-9552 DBSAlliance.org
- Recovery, Inc.: A self-help program to help manage problems such as anger, anxiety, fears, depression, compulsions, obsessions and phobias. Phone: 215-332-0722
- NAMI Montgomery County PA Teen Chat Group: NAMI Teen Chat is designed for any high school student in Montgomery County who is living with mental health challenges or those who need support handling their hard days. This free group provides a safe space to talk with other teens and share your experiences, while getting support, resources, and maybe make a new friend. Groups are led by NAMI trained facilitators and will meet on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. beginning on February 7, 2021. They’re also free and confidential. Come to NAMI Teen Chat & know you aren’t alone! Register at https://namimontcopa.org/virtual-support-group-registration/.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): This free, teen community support group (coed, ages 15-18, limited to 10 participants) meets every other Thursday from 7 p.m. –8 p.m. at Radnor House Condominium, L-10, 1030 East Lancaster Avenue in Rosemont. The aim of the group is to allow for open adolescent discussion. It is not a substitute for therapy nor intended to be therapy. The group is facilitated by Andrew J. D’Amico, PhD Psychologist. Attendance is voluntary and enrollment is open. For more information or to register, go to andrewdamicophd.com.
- Creative Health Services: Creative Health Services is a place where people can access connections to various services under one roof, and provides support for individuals and families on their journey to wholeness and recovery. http://creativehs.org/
- Youth Emergency Service (YES): The largest shelter in the Philadelphia area offering immediate housing to homeless and runaway youth. Each year, YES provides a safe and supportive environment, on-site medical treatment, counseling, educational enrichment and recreational opportunities to more than 400 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18. http://ysiphilly.org/programs/youth-emergency-service/
- The Attic Youth Center: Creates opportunities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society. https://www.atticyouthcenter.org/
Resources for Succeeding in College
- NAMI National has created a guide and video, “Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health” (available at https://nami.org/collegeguide; developed in partnership with The Jed Foundation).
- Students should place a priority on maintaining mental health during college. It’s important to be organized and have good time management; take care of your physical health; know your strengths and weaknesses; and to have a great support system. Read more here in the NAMI Blog: https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/September-2017/The-Importance-of-Maintaining-Mental-Health-in-Col.
- NAMI National has also prepared resources such as disclosing your mental health condition and requesting accommodations and tips for succeeding in college at https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Teens-Young-Adults/Managing-a-Mental-Health-Condition-in-College.
Page last updated August 2022.