Teen Mental Health Tool Box

tool box1If you are having thoughts of suicide or are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK or call 911.

See our Suicide Prevention page for more resources.








Mental Health and Support Apps

If you are looking for more information or wish to download a certain app, click on the app image. The apps listed are great mental health tools but are not substitutes for treatment. Please talk to a trusted adult and seek professional treatment if you are experiencing signs of a mental health condition.

My 3 SuperBetter SAM Pacifica
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Suicide Prevention Tools App for Building Resiliency App for Managing Anxiety Tools for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
Smiling Mind Joyable Recovery Record Calm Harm
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App for Guided Mindfulness Tools for Social Anxiety  Journaling App for Eating Disorders App for Managing Self-Harm



Even if you’re not currently in need of a helpline, please add the following numbers to your phone contact list for future reference.

Crisis Text Line

Text NAMI to 741-741

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Phone: 1-800-273-8255 → 24/7
TTY: 1-800-799-4899 → 24/7

Teen Line

Phone: 310-855-4673 → 8 pm – 12 am CST
Text TEEN to 839863 → 8 pm – 12 am CST

The Trevor Project – LGBTQ Hotline

Number: 866-488-7386 → 24/7
Text Trevor to 202-304-1200 → Fridays (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm CST)

National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline

Number: 866-331-9474 → 24/7
Text LOVEIS to 22522 → 24/7


How to Help a Friend

How to Help Yourself & Your Friends

If you or a friend is experiencing any of the warning signs in the video below, please talk to an adult for guidance and help on seeking treatment. The earlier you or a friend seeks treatment, the much better the outcome. Treatment for mental health conditions are very effective, and recovery is possible!

Take Charge!

If you are experiencing signs of a mental health condition, click here for a checklist of ways you and your family can take charge of your treatment.

Friends Can Make A Difference

Don’t underestimate the power of a good friend in helping someone get the help they need. Click here or on the image to download this guide to helping others along the road to living well with a mental health condition.

livingwellWhat are some common warning signs?

  • Feeling sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks
  • Severe out-of-control, risk-taking behaviors
  • Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason
  • Severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Drastic changes in behavior, personality, or sleeping habits
  • Difficulty concentrating or staying still
  • Intense worries or fears
  • Trying to harm or kill oneself or making plans to do so
  • Not eating, throwing up, or using laxatives to lose weight
  • Repeated use of alcohol or drugs

If you recognize any of these warning signs in a friend for more than 2 weeks and you are concerned, talk to an adult you trust such as a parent, counselor, teacher coach or youth leader.


How do I talk to my friend?TeenGirlsTalk1

Use “I” (instead of “you”) comments to get the conversation started:

  • “I’ve noticed you’re [sleeping more, eating less, etc]. Is everything okay?”
  • “I’ve noticed you haven’t been acting like yourself lately, is something going on?”
  • “It makes me afraid to hear you talking like this. Let’s talk to someone about this.”

If you’re nervous about talking to a friend and not sure what to say, seek the advice and guidance of your school counselor, a teacher, or parent.

What are things I shouldn’t say?

  • “We all go through tough times like these. You’ll be fine.”
  • “It’s all in your head. Just snap out of it.”
  • Don’t ask in a way that indicates you want “No” for an answer
    • “You’re not thinking about suicide, are you?”
    • “You haven’t been throwing up to lose weight, have you?”

Is my friend thinking about suicide?

If you are worried that your friend is thinking about suicide, don’t be afraid to ask them these important questions:

  • Are you thinking about suicide?
  • Do you have a plan? Do you know how you would do it?
  • When was the last time you thought about suicide?

If your friend answers YES to any of these questions or if you think they are at risk of suicide, you HAVE to talk to an adult you trust IMMEDIATELY or call the National Suicide Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or 911.

How do I get help?

Here are some people who can help you get support and encourage your friend to get help as well:

  • Friends and family
  • School teachers or counselors
  • Faith leaders
  • Coaches

How can I be a good friend?

  • Include your friend in your plans & keep inviting them!teens
  • Help your friend stay positive
  • Don’t treat him or her differently
  • Stand up for your friend
  • Check-in regularly, listen and offer support
  • Learn more about mental health conditions
  • Educate yourself about available resources, and let your friend know about the resources available