Parent Resources

Below is a list of resources that you or your child may find helpful. San Diego Unified School District does not endorse any specific provider, service or resource. As always, please preview any resource for appropriateness prior to encouraging your child to utilize.


911-Dial 911 if imminent danger to self or others.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline- 1-800-273-(TALK)8255. The National Suicide prevention Lifeline is a 24 hour, toll-free suicide prevention hotline. You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area. WIth more than 130 crisis centers across the country, their mission is to provide immediate assistance to anyone seeking mental health services. Call for yourself or someone you care about. Your call is free and confidential.

Crisis Text Line- Text HOME to 741741 in the United States.

Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7, confidential text message service for people in crisis.


  • AnxietyBC™ is a leader in developing online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety and anxiety disorders. Our site provides information to help you understand anxiety, as well as resources and tools to help you manage your anxiety.
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America
  • Child Mind- The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness A state resource for individuals and families facing the challenges of mental illness, providing free mental health family-based education, family and peer support and grassroots advocacy. Massachusetts chapter-


APPS and WEBSITES (free and fee based)

    • 3 Minute Mindfulness-Free meditation and breathing app. There is also a subscription level of service.
    • Izen-free relaxing light and music app
    • website and mobile app with guided meditation and relaxation exercises.
    • Colorfly-free coloring book app
    • Meditation Oasis-meditation and music
    • Mindshift- Free mobile app for teens developed by AnxietyBC, with mindfulness and other coping skills for anxiety
    • Mood 24/7-website
    • Mood meter-free app with available upgrades that aims to build emotional intelligence.
    • Optimism-Track your moods, keep a journal, and chart your recovery progress with this comprehensive tool for depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders.
    • Sosh-aSoshTM is an approach to social skills based on a decade of work with children, adolescents, and young adults who struggle with social difficulties. The Sosh framework divides social functioning into five areas essential to social skills development and success: Relate (Connect with Others), Relax(Reduce Stress), Regulate (Manage Behaviors), Reason (Think it Through) and Recognize (Understand Feelings).
    • Stop Breathe Think-Free web and mobile app for youth, with meditations for mindfulness and compassion
    • For more apps visit:


Preventing Parent Burnout article

Why Self Care is Essential to Parenting article

Transition of Care Guide-If you/your child received treatment for a mental health condition while in high school or before, there are several things you can do to continue to stay healthy while transitioning to and attending college.

Adolescent Depression: A Guide for Parents by Francis Mark Mondimore. (2002).

Boys of Few Words: Raising our sons to Communicate and Connect by Adam J. Cox (2006).

Emotional First Aid for parents by Koocher & LaGreca, Eds (2011).

Freeing Your Child from Anxiety by Tamare Chansky, PhD. (2004).

Freeing Your Child from from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Powerful, Practical Program for Parents of Children and Adolescents by Tamare Chansky, PhD. (2001).

Helping Your Anxious Teen: Positive Parenting Strategies to Help Your Teen Beat Anxiety, Stress and Worry by Sheila Achar Josephs, PhD. New Harbinger Publications Inc. (2016).

Helping Teens Who Cut: Using DBT Skills to End Self-Injury by Michael Hollander, PhD. (2017).

Helping Your Troubled Teen by Cynthia S. Kaplan (2007).

If Your Adolescent Has an Anxiety Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents by Edna B. Foa and Linda Wasmer Andrews. (2006).

If Your Adolescent Has Depression or Bipolar Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parentsby Dwight L. Evans, M.D. and Linda Wasmer Andrews. (2005).

Parenting That Works: Building Skills That Last a Lifetime by Edward R. Christophersen, Ph.D., ABPP and Susan L. Mortweet, Ph.D. (2002).

The Imp of the Mind: Exploring the Silent Epidemic of Obsessive Bad Thoughts by Lee Baer, Ph.D (2001).

The Pressured Child: Freeing Our Kids from Performance Overdrive and Helping them Find Success in School and Life by Michael Thompson (2004).

Unholy Ghost-writers on depression edited by Nell Casey. (2001).


What to do When You Grumble Too Much: A kids guide to overcoming anxiety by Huebner, D (2005). Ages 6-12.

Mookey the Monkey gets Over Being Teased by Lonczak, H. (2006). Ages 4-8.

Double Dip Feelings: Stories to help Children Understand Emotions, 2nd Ed., Cain, B (2001). Ages 4-8.

Blue Cheese Breath and Stinky Feet : How to Deal with Bullies by DePino, C. (2004). Ages 6-12.

Mind Over Basketball: Coach Yourself to Handle Stress by Weierbach, J, PhD, Phillips-Hershey, E, PhD. (2007). Ages 8-12.


I Don't Want to Talk About It- Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression by Terrence Real. (1997).

Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety: A Workbook for Overcoming Anxiety at Home, at School and Everywhere Else by Christopher Willard, PsyD. (2014).

Recovering From Depression: A Workbook for Teens by Mary Ellen Copeland and Stuart

Copans. (2002).

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne, PH.D. (2005).

The Feeling Good Handbook by David D. Burns, MD. (1999).

The Grieving Teen-A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends by Helen Fitzgerald. (2000).

The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time by Dzung X. Vo, MD, FAAP. (2015).

The Self Esteem Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help you Build Confidence and Achieve Your Goals by Lisa M. Schab, LCSW. (2013).

When A Friend Dies - A Book for Teens About Grieving and Healing by Marilyn E. Gootman. (2005).

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