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Mental Health

Adolescent with mental illness

This page features all PPN content on the topic of child and adolescent mental health, including program summaries and additional resources and tools that provide evidence-based information on what works for children and families.


Programs that Work
Additional Resources


Programs that Work

These programs aim to address mental health-related outcomes that impact children. This includes prevention of or intervention in depression, anxiety, anger, hyperactivity, suicidal ideation, social adjustment, self-esteem, self-efficacy or coping, and improvement of parents' mental health.


Proven Programs


Attachment-Based Family Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)

Coping with Stress Course

Family Thriving Program

Incredible Years

Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP)


Promising Programs


Adolescent Coping with Depression Course

Athletes Training and Learning to Avoid Steroids (ATLAS)

Cognitive Relaxation Coping Skills

Coping Cat

Counselors Care (CARE)

Go Grrrls

Primary and Secondary Control Enhancement Training

Reaching Educators, Children, and Parents (RECAP)

Seattle Social Development Project

Social Decision Making / Problem Solving

Syracuse Family Development Research Program


Other Reviewed Programs


Child FIRST

Children in Between

Early Intervention Program for Adolescent Mothers

Family Check-Up

Functional Family Therapy

Multidimensional Family Therapy

Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care

Parenting With Love and Limits

Primary Mental Health Project

Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorders

Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies (PATHS)

Reconnecting Youth (RY)

SCARE Program

School Transitional Environmental Program

SNAP (Stop Now And Plan) Under 12 Outreach Project (SNAP ORP)

Strengthening Families Program

The Think Time Strategy

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Additional Resources

The additional resources found on this page come from other credible websites that PPN has reviewed for quality and relevance, including links to databases, fact sheets, screening tools, seminal reports, and a variety of other resources that are among the best research-based materials available on children and families.


Reports, Briefs and Other Publications

Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Publications

The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice provides resources for professionals in the juvenile justice system, including screening and assessing for mental health and substance abuse disorders, policy information, and publications from a national demonstration project with an emphasis on justice-involved girls.

Mental Health in Schools Resource Packets

The Center for School Mental Health Assistance at the University of Maryland provides resource packets for dealing with mental health topics in school settings. Topics include bullying, crisis intervention, family involvement, program development and quality assessment and improvement, among others.

SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center

SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center provides access to many useful publications related to child/adolescent mental health.

Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General

Chapter 3 of this report focuses on children's mental health. It discusses normal child development, risk factors and prevention of mental health problems, reviews common mental health disorders in children, and addresses treatment and service delivery issues.

Websites

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resources — National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health's special website section devoted to Child and Adolescent Mental Health provides links to current research on the topic and information about common mental disorders for children and youth, including information about symptoms, causes, and treatments.

Children's Behavioral and Mental Health Information

The American Academy of Pediatrics provides information for parents about promoting positive mental health and a variety of information about common mental health problems. The website allows users to sort the information by children's age ranges.

National Resource Center for Child Traumatic Stress

The National Resource Center for Child Traumatic Stress website provides general information on child traumatic stress, and resources for parents and caregivers, school personnel, other professionals, and the media. The website also provides access to the PILOTS database produced by the National Center for PTSD. The database is an index of worldwide literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health consequences of exposure to traumatic events.

Databases and Tools

National Center for PTSD PILOTS Database

The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) produces the PILOTS database, which is an index of worldwide literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health consequences of exposure to traumatic events.

Fact Sheets

Facts for Families — Fact Sheets on Child and Adolescent Health

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has developed over 80 fact sheets on relevant topics for children and adolescent's health. Fact sheets are available in English and Spanish.

SAMHSA's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Fact Sheet

SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center provides a fact sheet on Child and Adolescent Mental Healthon the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Publications web page.