Parents

Help is available! Find easy access to mental health and suicide prevention resources by using the links provided here.

If you or someone you care about is in crisis and needs immediate help call the HELPline, a free crisis and suicide intervention hotline and referral service, at (951) 686-HELP(4357). The phone lines are answered by trained professionals available 24/7; the call is free and confidential. If emergency medical or psychiatric care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.

  • The Family Advocate Program
    This program provides support for family members, significant others, or caregivers of adults with a serious mental illness. The primary function of the Family Advocate Program is to assist family members in coping with the illness of their loved one through information, education, and support.
  • Parent Support & Training Program
    Phone: (951) 358-5862
    Offers comprehensive and individualized treatment and support to families seeking mental health care. Services include parent-to-parent support, education, training, and advocacy, which enhance parents’ knowledge and build confidence to participate in the process of treatment. Services are offered in English and Spanish and are free of charge.
  • Parent-to-Parent Non-Crisis Telephone Support Line
    Phone: (951) 358-3622
    This telephone support line is for parents/caregivers raising a child with mental health/behavioral challenges who would like to talk to another parent employed by the Department of Mental Health, for support and information.
  • National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health 
    A family-run organization with more than 120 chapters and state organizations representing the families of children and youth with mental health needs. The site offers valuable links and resources.
  • Children’s Clinic 
    A directory of children’s clinics in Riverside County.
  • The Balanced Mind Parent Network
    Offers information, resources and the opportunity to connect with others.
  • Evidence Based Mental Health Treatment for Children and Adolescents 
    This website is a valuable resource for parents who want an effective treatment based on scientific findings. Developed by researchers and clinicians, the site reflects the most current research on the treatment of childhood disorders. In addition, the site enables parents to search for local therapists committed to the practice of science-based therapy.
  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    This website offers resources and a wide range of “Facts for Families” in different languages.
  • Project ABC
    This website provides resources and tip sheets for families, professionals and community organizations to promote the healthy emotional development of infants and young children.
  • Family Guide
    The Building Blocks Family Guide contains ideas for fun activities and discussion starters for you and your children, as well as advice and guidance on topics, such as active listening, rulemaking and being a good role model.
  • First 5 California “Talk” Campaign
    Encourages parents to talk, read and sing to their young children as a way to promote healthy brain growth, especially in the early years between 0 and 5 when 90% of a child’s brain develops. The First 5 California website provides free songs that parents can download.
  • StopBullying.gov
    This resource provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
  • Kids Health
    Is a website that shares information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.
  • Boys Town
    Offers a vast library of parenting information and articles developed over many decades by our child behavior experts. ​The site features parenting guides, articles, videos, tools and quick tips on a variety of subjects.