Mental Health Resources

To find a Licensed Professional Counselor in your area, visit here or here.  For a referral list of Professionals which we have a working relationship with please email your son's Academic and Personal Counselor.

Resource Lists

Addiction

Al-Anon / Alateen  
This site contains basic information about this organization which assists adults and teens with alcohol-related concerns. It includes 20 questions designed to help you decide whether or not you need Al-Anon, 20 questions designed to help teenagers decide whether or not Alateen is for them. 

Alcoholics Anonymous 
Well known twelve step program for treatment of alcoholism. 

Faith Based Treatment is one of the most important elements of addiction recovery, as it encourages spiritual transformation, Faith Based Treatment is an organization dedicated to providing extensive and reliable information on the various aspects of alcohol abuse and addiction.  

Fortify is an online support community for men and women – young and old – seeking lasting freedom from pornography. In addition to a series of instructional videos and accompanying training, Fortify offers many opportunities for individuals to share insights and stories together.

Help is a community organization dedicated to empowering people suffering from substance abuse addiction with tools and resources to start their personal journey toward recovery. We create and publishes comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources that have been featured and is referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the web.

Integrity Restored provides education, training, encouragement, and resources to break free from pornography, heal relationships, and to assist parents in preventing and responding to pornography exposure which is so devastating in the lives of our children.

Stewardship: A Mission of Faith Jason and Crystalina Evert, co-founders of the Chastity Project, have spoken to more than one million people on six continents about the virtue of chastity. The Everts have authored dozens of chastity books, CDs, and DVDs.

 

Books for family members: 

Alateen:  Hope for Children of Alcoholics": Hope for Children of Alcoholics offers a straightforward description of alcoholism, what Alateen is, how Alateen works, and gives personal stories of teens with alcoholic loved ones. This is a good book for anyone with a family member or friend who is an alcoholic because it answers all the basic questions a person may have.

Courage to Be Me:  Living With Alcoholism: Al-Anon's latest, is a treasure-trove of recovery stories specially written by and for Alateens. Every teen living with an alcoholic--recovering or not--should read this book.

A Guide for the Family of the Alcoholic: Weapons used by the alcoholic to control the family and cover up for consequences of problem drinking are destructive and deadly. Here are ways that the family can defend itself. This pamphlet, written by the author of Alcoholism: A Merry-Go-Round Named Denial, can help all family members take a look at their involvement and urges family members to seek help from support groups.

For Teenagers Living With a Parent Who Abuses Alcohol/Drugs: answers questions about alcoholism asked by teenagers. Included are: What causes alcoholism? Where can I get help? What do I do about the abuse? Should I stay at home? Where can I go? How can anyone expect me to concentrate in school? Why do I fight with my parents even when they are sober?

One Day at a Time in Alanon is a book of daily meditations, reminders, and prayers help families encourage their recovering alcoholic loved ones. The book recommends Al-Anon as an integral part of recovery.

Paths to Recovery:  Alanon’s Steps, Traditions and Concepts is the definitive book for everyone in Al-Anon. It contains both the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of Al-Anon, plus other core writings that can help you get on--and stay on--the road to recovery. It's the ideal gift for anyone you know whose life is touched by another's addiction.

Anxiety

AnxietyBC Promotes awareness of anxiety disorders and support access to evidence-based resources and treatment

Anxiety and Depression Association of America helps people understand the disorders, find treatment, and recover. 

Chastity and Pornography Use

Free E-Books for Parents and Adults: Topics include Parenting the Internet GenerationWhat to do When Your Child is Look at PornA How-To Guide for Protecting Your Family OnlineA Parent’s Guide to CyberbullyingHobbies & Habits: Fighting Porn with PurposeMore than Single: Finding Purpose Beyond Porn; and more!

For Adults:

Online video: Unfiltered: Protecting Your Family Online: A How-To Guide for Parents, by Covenant Eyes. This can be viewed for free online.

God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage, Ascension Press, English & Spanish Editions

Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography, USCCB, 2015.

The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality: Guidelines for Education within the Family, Pontifical Council for the Family, 1995.

 Let the Oppressed Go Free: Breaking the Bonds of Addiction, by Cardinal Justin Rigali

Breaking Free: 12 Steps to Sexual Purity for Men, by Stephen Wood.

 Pure Manhood, by Jason Evert. 

For Young Adults:

Freedom to Love, 5-part study, Christopher West, Ascension Press

For Youth:

Theology of the Body for Teens, DVD Series, Ascension PressHigh School and Middle School Editions

For Children age 7+ (Parents can read these with their children):

Good Pictures, Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today’s Young Kids, Jenson and Poyner, 2014.

Wonderfully Made! Babies: A Catholic Perspective on How and Why God Makes Babies (for ages 9 and up), Ellen Giangiordano, 2014.

Formed.org  App: Videos, podcasts, audiobooks that include topics of chastity, marriage, virtue, etc.

Websites:

Catholic Mutual Group – parent course on internet safety 

Diocese of Lincoln – Tools for Parents 

Integrity Restored 

Catholic Answers Chastity Outreach 

Coping

Cope, Care, Deal  
A comprehensive mental health site for teenagers and their parents. 

Mindfulness Meditation   

Depression

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Help Guide  Help is available—and you have more power over your mood than you think. There are many things you can do to change the way you feel and start feeling better today.

SAMHSA  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.

Teen Depression  If you have been feeling sad, hopeless, or irritable for what seems like a long time, you might have depression.

 

Divorce: Guides for Teens

Articles

Peace in the Midst of Divorce by Rachel Penate 

 

Books

A Guide to Help Teenagers with Their Parents' Separation or Divorce by Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski : In Now What Do I Do? author Lynn Cassella-Kapusinki offers a workbook for teens that helps them flush out their feelings and fears. The author writes with a style that teens can easily relate to without feeling talked down to.

Divorce Helpbook for Teens (Rebuilding Books) by Cynthia MacGregor:  MacGregor knows that divorce can be especially tough on teens, and her warm and friendly guide offers a helping hand to teens struggling to answer the tough questions when their parents divorce: Why do parents get divorced? How will the divorce change our lives? What can I do to feel less depressed? Who can I talk to about my problems? What's going to happen next? How do you tell absent parents that they don't visit enough? How do you say "no" to parents who want you to carry messages to, or spy on, the other parent? What is there to talk about when you visit a parent who's moved away?

The Divorce Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Move Beyond the Breakup by Schab LCSW, Lisa M. : It's tough being a teen, even in the best of circumstances. But when parents divorce, teens are faced with an additional set of practical and emotional issues. This book gives them everything they need to get through their parents' divorce and keep it from taking a long-term emotional toll.Now What Do I Do?:

Getting Through My Parents' Divorce: A Workbook for Children Coping with Divorce, Parental Alienation, and Loyalty Conflicts by Baker PhD, Amy J. L. and Andre PhD, Katherine C. : Is your child stuck in the middle of a high-conflict divorce? In Getting Through My Parents' Divorce, two psychologists and experts in parental alienation offer a fun and engaging workbook to help kids work through stressful or confusing emotions and feel safe and loved—no matter what.

Surviving Divorce: Teens Talk About What Hurts And What Helps (Choices) by Trudi Strain Trueit  : Presents facts about divorce, advice for children of divorced parents, and stories from of teens that have been through the experience.

What a Time to Be Alone: The Slumflower's Guide to Why You Are Already Enough by Chidera Eggerue :  In What A Time To Be Alone, The Slumflower will be your life guru, confidante and best friend. She'll show you that being alone is not just okay: it's just about the best freaking thing that's ever happened to you. As she says, 'You're bad as hell and you were made with intention.' It's about time you realized.

Emotional Health

Erika’s Lighthouse has created a parent to parent Handbook and contains ideas that we have found helpful - ideas that we hope will be of some help to you as you deal with this difficult time in your family's life. 

National Institution of Mental Health  
Information on a variety of emotional and behavioral disorders. 

Mental Health.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. MentalHealth.gov aims to educate and guide

OK2TALK  is a community where teens and young adults struggling with mental health conditions can find a safe place to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. 

National Alliance in Mental Illness
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

American Psychological Association includes scientific research conducted by psychologists, organized by topics here, can inform and guide those seeking help with issues that affect their professional lives, family relationships and emotional wellness.

Mental Health Resources has compiled a comprehensive list of resources for anyone seeking information about and/or help for a range of mental health issues

Grief Support and Healing

The Dougy Center
National Center for Grieving Children and Families and an internationally known model for providing peer support groups for grieving children, teens, and families.

Bo's Place | Bereavement Center Offering Free Grief Support Services
Bo's Place is a Houston based non-profit bereavement center offering free grief support services for children, families and adults in their grief journey.

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Learning Differences

Understanding ADHD 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey.

 Navigate Life Texas  providing organized and reliable information to families of children with disabilities or special health-care needs in Texas. If you want to find services, groups, and events in your area, feel free to click on any of the links at the right.

Understood.org It’s one thing to read about learning and attention issues. It’s another thing to see them through your child’s eyes. Experience firsthand how frustrating it is when your hand won’t write what your brain is telling it to.

Parenting

Catholic Family Faith  uses an image of growth to remind ourselves of our roots.  Our project started with a strong connection to the Strong Catholic Families Strong Catholic Youth Initiative. Read about that initiative here

For Teens- Lifeteen  Life Teen strengthens our teens' Catholic identity, while rooting them firmly in Christ and in His Church.

Respect for Life Resources

Office of Pro Life Activities 

The Office of Pro-Life Activities, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, is dedicated to promoting a Culture of Life both among the Catholic faithful and within our larger community.  We promote a wide range of activities incorporating pastoral ministry and direct service, education, special events, and advocacy.  This mission is based in our awareness of the dignity of each human life, and support for each human person, particularly when most vulnerable. 

Stress

American Psychological Association Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. A 2013 survey by the APA found that stress is extremely common among teenagers

10 Stress Busters for Teens Learn how to unwind and find "me" time! Raychelle Cassada Lohmann Ph.D., LPCS

Sleep Hygiene

Tuck: Advanced Better Sleeping  aims to improve sleep hygiene, health, and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free resources. Boasting the largest collection of aggregated data on sleep surfaces on the web (over 95,000 customer experiences from nearly 1,000 individual sources), Tuck aims to power consumers, sleep professionals, and the troubled sleeper looking for answers. Check back often for updates and expanded sleep product information.

Anxiety Guide to Sleep

Trauma and Sleep

Mental Illness and Sleep

Suicidal Thoughts or Ideation

Please speak to your counselor immediately if you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned about a loved one. Below are further resources. 

SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)  
FAQ on suicide, symptoms of depression and suicidal danger signs, most common misconceptions about suicide, what students should do if a friend has depression, what hospitalization does for depressives and a recommended reading list. 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Teen Line
 Teen Line is a confidential hotline for teenagers which operates every evening from 6:00pm to10:00pm PST. If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you! You can call us at 800-TLC-TEEN (852-8336), text us by texting “TEEN” to 839863 or email us here. Teen Line also offers message boards, resources and information.

Technology Overuse

Covenant Eyes – Filtering & Accountability software  

Identifying and treating technology addiction: Although not commonly thought of when thinking of addiction, technology is something that many people struggle to live without. An increased prevalence of devices and technology has some individuals developing a severe addiction. Fortunately, there are treatment options for those addicted to technology.

Kaspersky Safe Kids accountability software   

Protect Young Eyes: Defending Kids from Online Danger We Help Families, Schools, And Churches Create Safer Digital Environments.

Qustodio Parent Control software Qustodio makes it simple to manage and supervise kids' device use.

ScreenGuide Parental Control app allows you to set parental controls and configure rules for the safe, fun, and educational use of tablets and smartphones – while minimizing potential risks such as cyberbullying, inappropriate content consumption, and overexposure to screens. Click here for directions. 

Technology Addiction: Creating a healthy balance: Extreme use of technology can disrupt normal patterns of mood and socialization in teens

Teen Technology and Video Game Addiction : In this lesson you are going to learn why your teen may be addicted to technology and the Internet and what you can do to help them through this.

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Transitioning to College

Guide to College Planning for Learning-Impaired Students  The transition from high school to college is a considerable process that can prove to be a source of significant pressure for students. This transition places particular weight upon those with learning disabilities. More than 200,000 students entering college have a learning disability. The challenges these students face and the accommodations they require pose a great personal strain.

Transition Planning for College - Students with Learning Differences

 

Trauma

Child Mind Institute  Free, multilingual downloads of Child Mind Institute resources to help communities in the wake of tragic events

Vaping

CATCH My Breath program This page contains details about the CATCH My Breath program, videostip/fact sheets, and a social media site, as well as background information on E-cigarettes. 

"Concerns Explode Over New Health Risks of Vaping" - Science News for Students

"E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults" Fact Sheet - Surgeon General

"E-Cigarettes and Teens: A Guide for Parents and Educators" - Safe Kids America

"JUUL and Youth: Rising E-Cigarette Popularity" - Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

Kid's Health: Smoking - UNC Health Care

Make Smoking History 

Quick Facts About JUUL, The High Nicotine Product Hiding In Plain Sight - UTHealth

"Talk with Your Teen About E-cigarettes: A Tip Sheet for Parents" - CDC 

U.S. E-Cigarette Regulations - 50 State Review - Public Health Law Center

Vaping As Millions of Teens Get Hooked on Vaping, What Works to Help Them Quit?

Please note that the information contained on this webpage is general information only and not intended to constitute medical or mental health treatment or advice. If you have questions you should consult your Academic and Personal Counselor about your specific situation. This website contains links to other websites and resources. We take no responsibility for the content of other sources, electronic or written.

 If this is an emergency please call 911. If you are in need of immediate assistance due to a mental health or crisis situation after hours, please call 361.879.6994.