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.
Get the support you may need to help you and your child work towards mental and emotional health goals.
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 in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, get emergency help right away. Contact the lifeline for 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress and prevention and crisis resources for you or loved ones. You can also find 24/7 support through an online chat called Lifeline Chat.
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.