PAALS
Health & Wellness Resources

Contact Information for Those in Need of Help.

The following resources may provide helpful information related to health and wellness. If you believe that you or your child may be experiencing any issues, it’s important to take appropriate action.

Various Informative Websites
  • Advocates For Youth champions efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about reproductive and sexual health.
  • Blissful Kids – This site has resources for bringing mindfulness, relaxation, and positivity to young kids.
  • Inner Kids – Mindful living for the whole family.
  • Changing the Game Project provides the most influential adults in our children’s lives – their parents and coaches – with the information and resources they need to make sports a healthy, positive, and rewarding experience for their children, and their whole family.
  • Character Org – Families want to foster character, but character development can be pushed aside with the hustle and bustle of life. Character.org helps families stay on the right track.
  • Do Something helps children find ways to volunteer/take action both online and off.
Addiction & Recovery
  • Alcoholics Anonymous is an international, nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial and apolitical organization that helps men and women everywhere deal with their drinking problems.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Recovery Resources
  • Center for On-Line Addiction provides treatment for internet addiction using specialized cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Habit Smart aspires to be the world’s most friendly and effective guide to helping busy professionals achieve results that matter while enjoying a well-rounded, fulfilling life through educational content, engaging programs and delightful opportunities.
  • Web of Addictions provides accurate information about alcohol and other drug addictions.
Anxiety Disorders
  • American Psychological Association answers your questions about panic disorder.
  • National Center for PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD. They work to assure that the latest research findings help those exposed to trauma.
  • International OCD Foundation helps everyone affected by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders to live full and productive lives. They aim is to increase access to effective treatment, end the stigma associated with mental health issues, and foster a community for those affected by OCD and the professionals who treat them.
  • Understood: For Learning and Attention Issues helps the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. We want to empower them to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences. With this knowledge, parents can make effective choices that propel their children from simply coping to truly thriving.
  • Attention Deficit Disorder Association provides information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder lead better lives.
  • ADHD Report is an accessible newsletter that provides a single reliable guide to the latest developments, newest topics, and current trends in ADHD.
  • Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder – CHADD is the national resource on ADHD, improving the lives of people affected by ADHD.
Bullying
  • Bullying offers resources, support and intervention \for those affected by bullying, depression and suicide.
  • PACER is a national bullying prevention center that educates, involves and inspires a nation to take action to create a safe and supportive school, online and community environment for school-age youth.
  • StopBullying teaches kids how to identify bullying and how to stand up to it safely.
  • StompOutBullying is dedicated to changing the culture for all students by working to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educates against homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism and hatred, and deters violence in schools, online and in communities across the country.
Child Abuse, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
  • California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (Calcasa) provides leadership, vision and resources to rape crisis centers, individuals and other entities committed to ending sexual violence.
  • Childhelp USA aims to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children.
  • Coalition for Family Harmony is aimed at helping victims of family violence escape from their life of abuse.
  • End Abuse uses survivor-centered partnerships/collaborations to provide the social change necessary to address the root causes of domestic abuse.
  • Love Is Respect engages, educates and empowers young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline answers the call to support and shift power back to people affected by relationship abuse.
  • National Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people under the age of 18 (up to 21 years of age in some communities) in need of immediate help and safety.
    Text the word “safe” and your current location (address, city, state) to 4HELP (44357).

    • Within seconds, you will receive a message with the closest Safe Place site and phone number for the local youth agency.
    • For immediate help, reply with “2chat” to text interactively with a trained counselor.
  • Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. Operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and provides various programs that prevent sexual assault and help survivors.
Developmental Disorders
  • Asperger Autism Network (AANE) works with individuals, families, and professionals to help people with Asperger Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles build meaningful, connected lives.
  • Autism Spectrum Coalition provides resources for families, and medical professionals who deal with the challenges of Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder / Not Otherwise Specified. (PDD/NOS)
  • My Autism is dedicated to helping families and individuals affected by autism, while increasing awareness of the varied difficulties individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder face. It offers educational resources, personal support for families, and free of cost therapeutic athletic programs.
  • USA Autism (USAAA) provides education, support, and solutions of individuals affected by autism, Asperger Syndrome and other related disorders.
  • Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities – Find educational consultants, psychologists, educational diagnosticians, health care providers, academic therapists, tutors, speech language therapists, occupational therapists, coaches, advocates, and attorneys for children with disabilities on the Yellow Pages for Kids for your state.
Dissociation & Traumatic Stress
  • Sidran Foundation helps people understand, manage, and treat trauma and dissociation.
Eating Disorders
Health & Medications
  • Drugs.com is the most popular, comprehensive and up-to-date source of drug information online. Providing free, peer-reviewed, accurate and independent data on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines & natural products.
  • Drug Information Portal (US Nat’l Library of Medicine) provides quick access to quality drug information.
  • Drug Interaction Checker helps drastically lower your chance of a problem. Usually, your doctor and pharmacist will have already done this with your prescription medications, but it’s a good idea to double check and learn about these medications yourself. If you use any over-the-counter (OTC) medicine, including vitamins, herbal or food supplements, be sure to review these products for interactions with your prescription medications, too. Ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice if you are confused by the medical jargon.
  • Health Topics A to Z by University of Michigan is a comprehensive database filled with health topics, each of which provide more details.
  • Kids Health – Parents: knowledge, advice and comfort, kids: homework help and how the body works, teens: answers, advice and straight talk.
  • Medical Dictionary – By avoiding jargon, the dictionary offers concise and easily accessible information for users searching for descriptions of over-the-counter or prescription medications, medical abbreviations, test procedures, medical research topics, or illnesses.
  • Medline Plus (US Nat’l Library of Medicine) provides information about your prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines. Includes side effects, dosage, special precautions, and more.
  • Prescribers Digital Reference (PDR) allows patients to search or browse the over 2,300 drug guides by drug name to view trusted, reliable drug guides written for the patient and available on demand.
  • Young Women’s Health – Find answers to your questions, health guides, chats, & more.
LGBTQ
  • LGBT National Youth Talkline provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
  • The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LFBTQ youth.
  • Amplify Your Voice works to ensure the reproductive and sexual health and rights of young people.
  • GLSEN aims to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
  • It Gets Better Project inspires people across the globe to share their stories and remind the next generation of LGBTQ+ youth that hope is out there.
  • Advocates for Youth partners with youth leaders, adult allies, and youth-serving organizations to advocate for policies and champion programs that recognize young people’s rights to honest sexual health information; accessible, confidential, and affordable sexual health services; and the resources and opportunities necessary to create sexual health equity for all youth.
Media Literacy & Activism
  • New Moon provides on online community and magazine for girls that allows them to empathize and problem solve with each other, learning how to connect meaningfully even when their lives, beliefs and opinions may be very different.
  • About Face arms girls with the knowledge and tools they need to fight back against a culture that diminishes and disempowers them.
  • Wired Safety is an online safety, education, and help group that provides one-to-one help, resources and extensive information, and education to cyberspace users of all ages on a myriad of Internet and interactive technology safety, privacy and security issues.
  • Media Ed produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media.
  • Miss Representation uses film and media as catalysts for cultural transformation, inspiring individuals and communities to challenge and overcome limiting stereotypes so that everyone – regardless of gender, race, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, ability, or circumstance – can fulfill their human potential.
  • Get Kids Internet Safe provides parents with accurate information and effective and sensible parenting strategies to provide safety and a deeply meaningful parent-child alliance.
Mental Health & Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder News is the web’s premier resource for information about bipolar disorder.
  • Depression Screening by Mental Health America is an educational program intended to help inform people about options they have in getting help for mental health issues. It may suggest tools and resources that offer information, treatment services, do-it-yourself tools, and/or ways to connect with others.
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.
  • Internet Mental Health Counselor  is a free encyclopedia of mental health information with a goal of providing information about the diagnosis and treatment of common psychiatric disorders.
  • Mental Help provides comprehensive mental health and mental illness information on topics like Depression, Bipolar, Suicide, Anxiety, Schizophrenia and more.
  • Parent Connection for Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is a monthly column where, parents and guardians can expect to find up-to-date information and resources about parenting children and adolescents with depression and bipolar disorder. It also features news about Balanced Mind Parent Network online support communities, the Helpline, and other family-focused programming.
  • PsychCentral.com is a trusted, reliable, objective mental health network (overseen by mental health professionals who create and oversee all the content published on the site) that provides information about symptoms and treatment information for depression, bipolar, ADHD and lots of other mental health / psychological issues.
  • Talkspace is an online and mobile therapy company based in New York City that provides users with access to licensed therapists through the website or mobile app on iOS and Android, without traveling to an office.
Self Injury & Cutting
  • Safe Alternatives Self Abuse Finally Ends provides a nationally recognized treatment approach, professional network, and educational resource base, which is committed to helping you and others achieve an end to self-injurious behavior.
  • A Forever Recovery offers a moral reasoning approach to recovery from addiction so that each person can take his or her path to recovery with the spiritual, cognitive, and fellowship support he/she may need. We take an individual approach to healing the mind, body, and spirit of each person with our comprehensive and flexible track options.
Sexual Health
  • It’s Your Sex Lifeprovides information, facts, and helpful resources regarding relationships, sexual health, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections/diseases.
  • Sex Etcprovides comprehensive sex ed information to help improve teen’s sexual health.
  • Stay Teenencourage teens to enjoy their teen years and avoid the responsibilities that come with too-early pregnancy and parenting. The more you know about issues like sex, relationships, abstinence, and birth control, the better prepared you’ll be to make informed choices for your future.
  • Planned Parenthood provides reproductive health care in the united states and globally and fights for the reproductive rights of individuals, families, and communities.
  • STI Resource Center promotes the sexual health of individuals, families and communities by advocating sound policies and practices and educating the public, professionals and policy makers, in order to foster healthy sexual behaviors and relationships and prevent adverse health outcomes.
Sex Trafficking
  • National Human Trafficking Hotline – Polaris Project is a national anti-trafficking hotline serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States. The toll-free hotline is available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in more than 200 languages.
Special Needs
  • National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability – Youth focuses on young teens and helps them to learn how to cope with their disability and find their place in the workforce.
  • Parent to Parent matches parents with a buddy parent who has a child with the same disability.
  • The Morgan Project supports families in their journey of raising a special needs child, be that child biological, adopted or within the foster care system.
  • Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners and their communities.
  • Parent Center Hub provides information on disabilities in children and teens, programs and services for special needs children (including infants) and research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities.
  • Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care” for all special needs children by providing families with the “tools to make informed decisions” about health care and education, build partnerships between families and their service providers and serve as a trusted resource on health care.
  • Disabled Sports USA uses sports as rehabilitation. Many special needs children and young adults gain confidence and dignity through their teamwork and active exercise.
Suicide Awareness
  • Lost All Hope has no religious affiliation. It has no political standpoint on the whys and wherefores, pros and cons, of suicide or euthanasia. It offers no advice, and has no bulletin boards, chat or forums (although does link to some). It is here as an impartial resource, to help inform you, and make whatever choice is right for you.
  • Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) works at the international, national, state and local levels to prevent suicide using a public health model in suicide prevention; concentrating its efforts on education and awareness.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program is dedicated to preventing suicide and attempts by Making Suicide Prevention accessible to everyone and removing barriers to help.

Note

We are not responsible for the content, claims or representations on any of the listed sites or the links provided on them that direct you to additional resources.