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Resources for Parents of Youth and Adolescents 

 

Hotlines /Helplines

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24/7 Crisis Text Line:    

Text "HOME" to 741741

SF Suicide Prevention 24/7 Hotline:   

415-781-0500  |   https://www.sfsuicide.org   - Available 24/7, 365. Free, confidential

 

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline:    

Call or text "988" (just like 911)   |   988lifeline.org   - Available 24/7, 365. Free, confidential

 

Teenline:     

Call: 800-852-8336 | 6-10pm PST every night.  Text: 'TEEN' to 839863 | 6-9pm PST

Professionally trained teen-listeners provide call and text support. 

NAMI SF Helpline:

415-237-0039 | Leave a voicemail and a trained team member will return your call.

 

PDF Guides and Video Information

NAMI SF Youth and Family Resource Guide

This guide was created to provide information about local San Francisco mental health resources for children, youth, and their families. While we know the list of resources is not comprehensive, we have tried to include those that are available to a wide range of San Francisco residents.

If you have any resources or updates to our guide, please send updates to: richelle@namisf.org.

Other Guides/ Information

These guides were compiled by volunteers and outside organizations. They provide helpful information that goes beyond what is in our Youth and Family Guide.

Anything But That:
How to Help Your Child Struggling With a Mental Health Condition

Speakers: Stefanie Hoffman, Carolyn Griesi

This mother-daughter presentation calls on personal experience to examine ways of identifying signs of mental illness, establishing effective communication and taking action early on.
Drawing on personal experiences, we will emphasize four main steps to early intervention:
1) Knowing the warning signs;
2) Communicating concerns;
3) Developing strategies to promote wellness; and
4) Accessing resources.

 

NAMI SF Programs

​Parent to Parent Mentoring 

NAMI SF can assist you in finding a mentor who will understand and be there to provide support. 

For more information, please contact Richelle Mah at richelle@namisf.org 


Basics Class
NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens (22 years and younger) who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness.
Basics teaches facts about mental health conditions and information on how best to support your child at home, at school, and when they're getting medical care.

For more information contact A shley Brown at ashley@namisf.org

 

Advocating for Your Black Child  

NAMI SF in partnership with The Kuumba Healing Project / SFDPH is pleased to offer 

Advocating for Your Black Child.  (A4YBC) is a free, 8-week psycho-education series for Black parents and caregivers of Black children & teens (elementary-high school) living with mental health and/or learning differences. Advocating for Your Black Child (A4YBC) is offered in a virtual group setting so that you can safely and confidently connect with other Black Parents.  The class provides critical information & strategies created specifically with the Black family in mind.   The A4YBC curriculum provides a wealth of practical resources throughout the series. It was designed specifically to support the Black family in navigating school, political and social systems for your child. For more information contact A shley Brown at ashley@namisf.org


Family Support Groups
NAMI Family Support Groups provide knowledge and understanding along with an opportunity for families and caregivers of those living with mental illness to share experiences in a confidential setting.  Groups are led by either trained professionals or NAMI members with extensive personal experience coping with mental illnesses and its impact on families. 

For more information contact A shley Brown at ashley@namisf.org

Parents A s Allies And Advocates 

Parents as Allies and Advocates is a presentation for parents and caregivers that will provide an overview of youth mental health issues, including prevalence and warning signs to look for, and ideas for how to support your child/teen.  The presentation will be facilitated by a parent who has experience raising a child with a mental health condition along with a young adult who is living with a condition.  Q&A at the end of the session will provide time for attendees to ask questions and links to resources for ongoing support will be included. View our recorded version below.
For more information, please contact Andrew Tuttle at andrew@namisf.org

 

Local Organizations

Huckleberry Youth Program: 

Individual, group, and family counseling services, case management, and health care education programs. Medi-cal provider site and offers sliding scale payment structure. Crisis intervention services. 

 

Support For Families of Children with Disabilities (SFCD):

Wide range of support groups for parents/caregivers and family members. Groups held in Spanish and Cantonese. SFCD also offers a parent mentor program, an information warm-line, and a calendar of family-oriented events. 

 

Children's Health Council: 

Range of mental health services including individual and family counseling, evaluations and assessments, psychiatric consultation, tele-therapy, and outpatient programs. Extensive resource library. Community education for students, parents/caregivers, and community groups. Located in Peninsula/South Bay. 

 

Greenlight Clinic:

The Greenlight Clinic's diverse staff offers free counseling services for ages 14-26. 

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance: Mood Crew Emotions Curriculum

Extensive toolkit featuring workbooks, activities, stories, and more. For young children and parents/caregivers - provides fun information for kids to better understand their emotions and practical information for parents/caregivers to support their children. 

RAMS:

Child, Youth, and Families services include individual and family therapy, case management, psychiatric evaluation, parenting consultation, and linkage and referral services. Serve youth through age 21. 

 

San Francisco Health Network: Community Programs for Youth:

Free behavioral health counseling for ages 12-24. Multiple locations. Multiple languages. Other services include primary care, urgent care, and sexual and reproductive health. 

 

Masonic Center for Youth and Families:

Behavioral health services for young people ages 4-24, including individual, family, and educational therapy. Sliding-scale payment structure. Diverse staff. Other services include crisis stabilization, residential treatment program, inpatient services, hospital diversion program, and partial hospitalization programs. 

 

Edgewood Center for Children and Families:

Wide range of programs including therapeutic behavioral health services for youth ages 3-21. Full-scope Medi-Cal insurance is required.  

 

Access Institute:

Psychotherapy, psychiatry, and case management services for youth and families. 

 

The Liberation Institute:

Offering sliding-scale therapy services for all ages - fees are discussed on an individual basis. Diverse staff. In-person or virtual appointments.

 

The Integral Counseling Center at Pierce Street:

Therapy services for all ages. Offering a low-cost, sliding-scale payment structure. Diverse staff and services in multiple languages. 

 

The Integral Counseling Center at Church Street:

Therapy services for all ages. Offering a low-cost, sliding-scale payment structure. Diverse staff and services in multiple languages. 

 

Marina Counseling Center:

Therapy services for all ages. Sliding-scale payment structure. Daytime, evening, and weekend appointments. Diverse staff.

 

Westside Community Services:

Teen Clinic - supporting the mental health of adolescents. Call for more information. 

Willows In The Wind

Support groups for parents/caregivers hosted for a variety of Bay Area communities (all held online). Offering free and confidential workshops and an extensive resource list. 

Family Sanity

Support groups and resources for parents/caregivers. All online. Free, confidential.