Parent and youth mental health resources

As a parent, protecting your child's mental health — as well as your own — may be one of the most important things you can do. Here, you'll find resources to help support your child and be ready to offer guidance.

Helping parents support their children

Be open, be well and be ready for your child

Getting your kids to open up about mental health may feel tricky, though the right resources may be able to help. Let's take a look at 3 ways you can help your child and yourself.

Be open and communicate with your child

When kids feel safe, not judged, progress and growth often follow. Starting mental health conversations with honesty and empathy may encourage your child to open up. Check out these conversation starters, plus helpful resources for you and your child.

Be well and take care of you

Checking in with yourself is important for your entire family’s health — if your well-being is compromised, you may have less to offer those around you. Whether you’re dealing with work uncertainties or the ongoing challenges of parenting, find ways to help boost your own wellness, including Employee Assistance Program (EAP) resources for UnitedHealthcare commercial members. However, please review your company-specific benefits as EAP may be offered through UHC or another company.

Watch a video to learn about EAP resources

Find mental health resources for members

For UnitedHealthcare members: Learn more about Behavioral Health

Be ready and learn how to offer extra support for you and your child

These resources can help you be ready to offer support and guidance for different circumstances and challenges — whether you want to understand more about mental health or are looking for specific ways to be there for your child.

Check your benefits and schedule a 24/7 Virtual Visit with a mental health provider 

Read the 2nd Annual Student Behavioral Health Report

Learn about substance disorder and recovery

Read the Parent and caregiver resource guide for substance use

See support options for LGBTQ+

Don’t know where to start?

Connect with resources and explore your options at or call the number on your UnitedHealthcare health plan ID card to learn more.

Mental health support and resources

If you believe you need help right away — for yourself or a loved one — call 911 or use the emergency numbers below.

Substance Use Helpline

Substance Use Helpline — 1-855-780-5955

If you feel that you or a loved one are experiencing signs of addiction, call the confidential helpline to get support, guidance on treatment options, help finding a network provider and answers to your questions.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

National Domestic Violence Hotline — 1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Get help with crisis intervention, information and referrals to local services for victims of domestic violence and those calling on their behalf.

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat for 24-hour, toll-free, confidential support and prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. For TTY users, use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 988.

The Crisis Text Line

The Crisis Text Line — Text “Home” to 741741

The Crisis Text Line is a free resource available 24/7 to help you connect with a crisis counselor.