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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.

Resources for Courageous Conversations

Mental Health Language Guide | WETA

The Well Beings Mental Health Language Guide created by WETA equips users with person-first language tools for discussing mental health concerns with youth. Please note they define youth as ages 14-22 years old. Click on the link above to access the guide directly. 

How to Talk to Kids about Tough Topics | Sesame Workshop

Caring adults can help kids learn coping and resilience-building techniques to help them face tough challenges like divorce, foster care, grief, and more. Sesame Workshop, Sesame Street's nonprofit educational arm, offers resources, activities, and videos to help families begin the conversations.  

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.

Talking with Kids | ninepbs.org

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.

Hiding in Plain Sight

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.

Well Beings

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.