This webpage provides information on mental health resources and is not a crisis or suicide response website. If you are in crisis or experiencing thoughts of suicide, please call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988. The service is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Mental Well-Being Initiative
Nine PBS's Mental Well-Being Initiative works with a network of trusted partners to support the day-to-day social, emotional, and cognitive needs of kids from infancy to 8 and adults in their lives through solutions-oriented media content and culturally competent resources that promote open dialogue and healthy communication.
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Stream segments from Donnybrook and Living St. Louis, and take a moment to learn about and practice "growth mindset" moments with local kids! Please share and comment on these featured videos by visiting our Mental Well-Being YouTube playlist!
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Social Workers are available at five St. Louis County Library locations to help community members get connected to resources and assistance needed to improve their quality of life. Click the link above to be directed to their contact form, and a social worker will connect with you to discuss your needs further.
Safe Place provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need. As a community initiative, the program designates schools, fire stations, libraries, and other youth-friendly organizations as Safe Place locations, which display the yellow and black signs. Safe Place locations extend the doors of the local youth service agency or shelter to support teens in crisis situations, creating a safety net for youth.
This collection includes videos from the KET series, You Are Not Alone, which explores answers to youth mental health needs, depression, anxiety, toxic stress, and suicide through the lens of experts, educators, parents, and youth. Videos feature personal experiences from youth and young adults on their experiences with mental illness and mental health issues.
People Matter, Words Matter Posters
The American Hospital Association, together with behavioral health and language experts from member hospitals and partner organizations, released a series of downloadable posters to help adopt person-centered, respectful language.
The following resources support families and educators of young children as they talk, watch, read, and learn about topics including but not limited to feelings and emotions; talking about the news; and race and racism. These resources are free and open for all to use. They have been curated from PBS, PBS KIDS, PBS LearningMedia, and other credible education organizations.
Hope Givers is an Emmy Award-winning show spotlighting hope and resilience across America. Hosted by Tamlin Hall, this uplifting mental wellness series is a first of its kind, available at no cost, and aligned to health education standards nationally for students in grades 6-12. GPB Education curates this collection.
Out of the Dark, a youth-focused series of digital-first films tells intimate, emotional, and sometimes surprising stories of people whose lives have been impacted by mental health issues. The series is diverse by ethnicity, age and gender, and is designed to spark dialogue, create awareness, and inspire a generation of young people to be vocal and open about their mental health journey.
The Well Beings campaign addresses the critical health needs of Americans through broadcast content, original digital content, and impactful local events. The multiyear campaign, created by WETA, Washington, DC, brings together partners from across the country, including patients, families, caregivers, teachers, medical and mental health professionals, social service agencies, private foundations, filmmakers, corporations, and media sponsors, to create awareness and resources for better health for all.
Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness is a two-part, four-hour film that features first-person accounts from more than 20 young people, ranging in age from 11 to 27, who live with mental health conditions, as well as parents, teachers, friends, healthcare providers in their lives, and independent mental health experts.
Even Elmo and friends are joining in on the call for a more expansive look at youth mental health! Led by Sesame Workshop, Sesame Street's nonprofit educational arm, the organization's new campaign is focused on supporting the emotional well-being of young children. Find resources, activities, and videos to help children form the bonds and social connections that nurture their well-being.
Major funding support for Nine PBS' Mental Well-Being Initiative comes from the Cigna Foundation's Healthier Kids for Our Future. Additional support for the associated community engagement activities comes from BJC HealthCare and in partnership with Behavior Health Response.