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.
Self Care by AbleTo App
Most teens are likely influenced by social media and those around them, even if they’re talking to parents or trusted adults. Self Care by AbleTo gives direct access to teens looking for help to cope with everyday life. It includes:
- Confidential 24/7 access to content specifically created for teens ages 13-19
- Support to help with staying calm, remaining focused while studying, getting motivated, navigating relationships and more
Simply enter access code “teen” to get started.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get help with crisis intervention, information and referrals to local services for victims of domestic violence and those calling on their behalf.
If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org/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 — Text “Home” to 741741
The Crisis Text Line is a free resource available 24/7 to help you connect with a crisis counselor.