Mental health Links

Introduction

  • Sometimes a nagging worry sends a parent on an internet search to learn if a child has the symptoms of a particular problem in hopes of allaying fears or at least getting some ideas about what to do. Othertimes, parents want more information to develop strategies for a child's identified challenges.  Due to the expanding volume of information on the Web, parents often have difficulty finding the information they want. Equally problematic is that they have difficulty determining the credibility of the information they do find. This WEBLIST briefly describes and links you to web sites that contain articles, newsletters, information and advice about the emotional, cognitive and mental health development of children and adolescents. There are also parental support sites.  These sites have been selected primarily for the quality of the information provided.  As some of the designated categories and the sites themselves have overlapping information and are not selected as the sole perspective on a topic, searching through several sites for information on any single issue is recommended.  The goal of the hotlist is to give easy access to the best child development information on the Web.  These links below will get you started.

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The Internet Resources

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General Information

    These general sites are health and mental health sites with information about children
    and adolescence in all aspects of health care.
 

  • Harvard Medical School's Consumer Health Information (And More) - Children's health, medical dictionary, drug information and conditions and diseases. It is an excellent general health site. For mental health click on 'conditions and diseases',  then mental health and click on children and teens.  It's a large health site - it takes some maneuvering to get what you want, but information is dependable.
  • Columbia University's Health Education Program - Questions and answers on many health topics. Click on emotional health. Good site.
  • Tufts University Child and Family Web Guide - Selected sites about child development including health, education, parenting and more.  Excellent, well constructed site with ratings for their links.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Media Matters - Dedicated to the health safety and well being of children and adolescents. Articles and brochures about the media's impact on children and teens. One of the best overall sites.
  • Mayo Clinic: On parenting - General and reliable information on adolescent health and parenting suggestions. Click on Teen Health or Mental Health.

     These general sites are exclusively mental health related.                                 

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  • Massachusetts General Hospital School Psychiatry Program - This site will help you assess and address the needs of your child with depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, and anxiety disorders, including panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder and includes information about helping your child to succeed in school.
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health (NIMH) - The National Institute of Mental Health provides multiple articles on topics as varied as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Depression, children and violence and learning disorders. It is an excellent site for parents teachers and professionals in Mental Health.
  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Assisting parents and families in understanding developmental, behavioral, emotional and mental conditions affecting children and adolescents. 46 fact sheets re: symptoms and teen problems. Click on 'Facts For Families'. Excellent site.
  • Anxiety, and Other Disorders (NIMH) - A general reference with quick facts and treatment considerations.

     Additional relevant sites covering a number of mental health issues.               

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Specific Information

    There is information about depression, anxiety, eating disorders, ADHD, special
    education and other topics in the general sites above and in a more focussed way in the
    following sites.

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Parent Information

  • Parent Information - National Network For Childcare with articles on stress, balancing work and family, parenting teens, deciding on early dating, teens use of the internet, discipline and more. Well worth exploring.
  • Kids Health - This excellent Nemours Foundation created site has a parent, kid and teen health component with many features. Look for emotion and behavior link for mental health information, but information is available for general health as well. Newsletter..
  • Parenting Resources - Solid site developed by a psychologist with easy access and relevant issues for parenting. Very topical with helpful linkages.  Try this one.
  • Talk With Your Kids - Ideas about how to discuss difficult topics with your kids, including issues such as drugs and alcohol, sex and terrorism.
  • PFLAG: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay and lesbian persons, their families and friends through support, education and advocacy to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. Click on "Education", then see "Schools and Youth" and "Parents and Families".
  • Family Education - Find valuable resources for parents on the Web. School resources, idea exchange, dating, puberty and discipline, message boards and advice for parents. There is more on education than mental health.
  • National Information Center For Children and Youth With Disabilities. - Great IEP reference for parents!
  • Site for Parents of Children And Teens With Bipolar Disorder - A community center, chat rooms, message board and online support groups to connect you with others going through similar circumstances. Fact sheets.
  • FDA Center For Food And Drug Information: Kids' Homepage - Information about products the Food And Drug Administration regulates. There is a 'Teen Scene' and parenting section as well.
  • The Brain and Learning - For parents and educators, accessible but professional-quality articles on the brain's relationship to motivation, stress, mood, reading, dyslexia, teenage decision making, alcohol's effect on the brain and more. Excellent.
  • Brave Kids - A Resource For Kids With Chronic, Life Threatening Illness - Dedicated to help children and their families. Diseases and conditions directory, medical information, supportive kid club.
  • Bullying.org Where You Are Not Alone The most comprehensive site on bullying. It strives to eliminate bullying in society by supporting individuals and organizations to take positive actions against bullying through sharing resources and developing solutions to the challenges and problems associated with bullying. Many articles and books for parents and kids, as well as submitted stories.
  • What Can Be Done About Cyberbullying? Helpful advice for victims of cyberbullying and those trying to help them. It is a Canadian based website offering specific advice for parents and kids about what can be done and how to prevent bullying on Instant Messaging (IM), cell phones, email etc. It includes a list of cyber terms, emoticons and acronyms to help parents decipher messages. Click on "What Can be Done".
  • Protecting Kids From Internet Pornography and Online Risks This site provides practical information and tips on types and sources of sexually explicit content, ways that inappropriate material can reach children and teens, the threat of cyberstalking, the pros and cons of filtering and monitoring tools, and other issues involving Internet safety.

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To contact Dr. Farina, Dr. Parker or Ms Bernstein for further correspondence, Wayland School parents can click on our email addresses below.  Feedback about additional relevant links or any current "dysfunctional" sites is welcome.

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Disclaimer:  These suggested links are not endorsements of any of the ideas or products found among these links. We have not read every document accessible by these pages and we are unable to keep up with all the changes being made at every site we have links to. Furthermore, we take no responsibility for the consequences of any action you might take based upon reading the documents referenced. If you believe you or your child has a disorder, we recommend that you seek out the help of a licensed health care professional. Users are cautioned to remember that some posts are made by lay persons and are anecdotal in nature

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