Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255

Teen Resources

Boulder County and Colorado Teen Mental Health Resources

If you don’t know where to begin getting mental health, substance use, or emotional help for yourself or someone you know–start with Colorado Crisis Services. They provide confidential and immediate support 24/7/365. If you are in crisis or need help dealing with one, call this toll-free number, 844.493.8255 (TALK), or text “TALK” to 38255 to speak to a trained professional. There is also a Walk-In Crisis Center available at 3180 Airport Rd. in Boulder, which is free and open 24/7.

Generally a good place to start if not in immediate crisis is with your school. Talk with your school counselor first, and they should be able to connect you with the best services. You can also start by talking with any trusted adult – a parent, friend’s parent, relative, neighbor, teacher, coach, etc. and they can help you find help. If you are a parent or caregiver, you can also reach out to your student’s school counselor, call Colorado Crisis Services, and see our resources for parents here.

School Resources

Mental health resources available through Boulder Valley and Saint Vrain Valley Schools include:

School Counselors and School Interventionists

Reach out to your school to get connected with the people who can help you within the school.

Sources of Strength
https://sourcesofstrength.org/
Sources of Strength is a program that makes sure people from all ages receive support for depression, substance abuse, and bullying that is affecting communities across the United States. This can be demonstrated through strengthening connections and providing information about how to prevent them from happening. 

Colie’s Closet
https://coliescloset.org/
Colie’s Closet is an organization that promotes suicide awareness through education to students attending middle and high school in the Boulder Valley School District. Those who are found suffering from depression will have the oppurtunity to have financial assistance for therapy.

Rise Against Suicide
https://riseagainstsuicide.org/
Rise Against Suicide (formerly Second Wind Fund of Boulder County) provides access to funded counseling services for at-risk youth struggling with suicidal ideation in the geographic areas included in Boulder Valley School District and St. Vrain Valley School District. Youth up to the age of 19 who are at elevated risk for suicide, uninsured, or underinsured are eligible for funded counseling services through Rise Against Suicide. The organization receives referrals from private and public elementary, middle, and high schools, community social workers, psychologists and mental health professionals, hospitals, and mental health facilities. Within hours of receiving a request for help, at-risk youth can be connected with qualified, private therapists. This immediate response is unique to Rise Against Suicide.


General Teen Mental Health and Wellness

Mindfulness For Teens
http://mindfulnessforteens.com/
This website provides information, tools, and resources to help teens get started with mindfulness.

Teen Mental Health

https://teenmentalhealth.org/

Provides information on mental health conditions as well as tools and resources for teens.

Dealing With Depression
https://dwdonline.ca/
Provides information on depression, and useful self help skills for dealing with depression in an interactive format. 

Your Life Your Voice
https://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/Pages/home.aspx 
Your Life Your Voice is a website with an email, text line, and hotline. They have tips, quotes, advice, an interactive avatar to express yourself, and more to support you through your challenges.

Teen’s Health
https://teenshealth.org/en/teens/your-mind/#catfeeling-sad 
Teens health is a website that has information and resources, symptoms, signs, definitions, relationships, and connections between common struggles. It also has coping mechanisms, answers to common questions, and more for teens struggling with mental health.

CDC Adolescent and School Health
https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/mental-health/index.htm

NAMI Teens and Young Adults Mental Health Information and Resources
https://nami.org/Your-Journey/Teens-Young-Adults

BOYS TOWN NATIONAL HOTLINE
Serving all at-risk teens and children 24/7.
800-448-3000
Text VOICE to 20121
GENERAL INFORMATION

William James College
https://interface.williamjames.edu/guide/websites-especially-teens 
William James College created a website of resources for teens who struggle with mental health. It has online resources, helplines, apps, guides, and more.

Jed Foundation
https://www.jedfoundation.org/mental-health-resource-center/
The Jed Foundation’s Mental Health Resource Center provides essential information about common emotional health issues and shows teens and young adults how they can support one another, overcome challenges and make a successful transition to adulthood.


Therapy and Support

Rise Against Suicide

https://riseagainstsuicide.org/contact/

720-212-7527

Rise Against Suicide provides access to funded counseling services for at-risk youth struggling with suicidal ideation in the geographic areas included in Boulder Valley School District and St. Vrain Valley School District. Youth up to the age of 19 who are at elevated risk for suicide, uninsured, or underinsured are eligible for funded counseling services through Rise Against Suicide. 

 

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Boulder County

303-443-4591

https://namibouldercounty.org/ 

    • NAMI Family Support Group – a peer-led support group for any adult with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar experiences.
    • NAMI Basics Class – a free, 6-session education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or who have already been diagnosed

Out Boulder

https://www.outboulder.org/out-youth

Our Youth Program is Out Boulder County’s social and educational space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning (LGBTQ) youth and their allies ages 11-18.

Mental Health America Screening Tool 

https://screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools 

Online screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.

Mental Health Partners
303-443-8500
https://www.mhpcolorado.org/
Primarily for medicare and medicaid patients, private health insurance may not cover this service. For covered patients MHP provides private and group counseling for teens and young adults.

Longmont Youth Center
303-651-8580
https://www.longmontcolorado.gov/departments/departments-a-d/children-youth-and-families/counseling
Individual, family and group counseling (teens and families). Short‐term focus. 2 staff (LCSW, LPC). Also serve homeless youth through Inn Between. ages 10 – 19, for Longmont, CO residents only. Bilingual counselors available. 

Mental Health Center of Denver
303-504-7900
https://mhcd.org/teens-young-adult-services/
Various programs for teens and young adults including classes, workshops, and therapeutic services for youth.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.aacap.org//AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Youth_Resources/Home.aspx
This website has family & youth resources including a child and adolescent psychiatrist finder.

Psychology Today
Find a Therapist, Psychiatrist, Treatment Center, or Support Group: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists


Teen Substance Abuse Resources

Natural Highs
303-859-5778
https://www.naturalhighs.org/resources-for-teens
Alternative to drug use programs for teens, also has a body positivity support group, and some outdoor teen social/meditative groups. Based out of Boulder, CO.

Alternatives for Youth
Call 720-292-2811 for intakes
https://thrivingteens.org/
For teens aged 12-17 struggling with drugs/alcohol and their families. Located in Thorton, CO.

Denver Health Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment
Intake Coordinator: 303-602-4848
https://www.denverhealth.org/services/behavioral-health/addiction-services/adolescent-substance-abuse-treatment
A substance abuse treatment, education and prevention program provides outpatient, psychiatric and substance abuse treatment to adolescents ages 12-21. This program is in Denver, but due to COVID people can access it online (from Boulder etc.). Vouched for by someone on our committee (said her teen is doing well in the program).


Eating Disorder Resources

La Luna Center
720-470-0010
http://www.lalunacenter.com/
Private company specializing in eating disorder treatment for teens and adults. Has locations in Boulder and Fort Collins, CO.

National Eating Disorders Association
https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/ 
NEDA is a website with an email, text line, and hotline for people who are struggling with eating disorders. This website has information, support, warning signs, symptoms, resources, and more. 

Butterfly Project
https://www.adolescentselfinjuryfoundation.com/the-butterfly-project
This is a project for self harm, but is known to work well for eating disorders as well.


Self Harm and Coping Skills Resources

Adolescent Self Injury Foundation/ Butterfly Project
https://www.adolescentselfinjuryfoundation.com/ 
ASIF is a non-profit organization for offering hope in the recovery process for adolescents along with young adult self-injurers. You can share your story, learn about self-injure, and find ways to help yourself. They have good resources like the butterfly project to help you help yourself. They also have a section for parents and friends to go to. It includes how you can help, the do’s, the don’ts, and resources for parents. For friends there is what to do, common questions asked with answers, and resources. 

Teen’s Health Cutting Page
https://teenshealth.org/en/teens/cutting.html?WT.ac=ctg#catfeeling-sad

Natural Highs
303-859-5778
https://www.naturalhighs.org/resources-for-teens
Alternative to drug use programs for teens, also has a body positivity support group, and some outdoor teen social/meditative groups and offers excellent coping skills training. 


LGBTQ Youth Resources

Out Boulder
https://www.outboulder.org/out-youth
Has weekly LGBTQ youth groups and lists many local resources for LGBTQ youth.
Text the Youth Group Program Coordinator: 719-582-4566
LGBTQ Middle School Youth Group: Mondays, 5-6:30 pm, Boulder Pridehouse
LGBTQ High School Youth Group: Wednesdays, 5-6:30 pm, Boulder Pridehouse
QTs Queer & Trans Youth Group: with OASOS, Thursdays, 4:30-6:30pm, St. Vrain Community Hub (515 Coffman St, Rm 112)

TRANS LIFELINE
Support hotline for trandgender teens and adults run by peer volunteers 
877-565-8860

TREVOR PROJECT LIFELINE
Confidential suicide hotline for LGBT youth 24/7.
866-488-7386
Text “START” to 678-678

GAY LESBIAN BISEXUAL TRANSGENDER NATIONAL HELP CENTER
Support for LGBT youth under age 25, open M-F 1-9 PST, S 9-2 PST
800-246-7743


Teen Sexual Health Resources

Boulder Valley Teen Health Clinic
303-442-5160
https://www.teenclinic.org/
Teen Clinic offers sexual and reproductive health services for anyone under age 20. Our services are free or low-cost and completely confidential. They are a part of Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center, with locations in Boulder and Longmont.

Me Too Movement
https://metooteenproject.com/ 
Me Too Teen Project is a website like TGTHR for teens who have experienced some form of sexual abuse, assault or who have been sexually threatened or harmed in any way to share their story, and read others. It has resources, art, and information.

MESA Teen Support Group
https://movingtoendsexualassault.org/services/groups/
This 6-week online group for teen survivors of sexual violence (ages 15-17) offers the opportunity to share support with other teens and learn tools to help manage difficult thoughts and feelings in a safe virtual space. Offered Mondays 5:30-7 virtually. 

NATIONAL TEEN DATING ABUSE HOTLINE
Questions or concerns about dating relationships 24/7.
1 (866) 331 – 9474
Text “lovies” to 22522

TEEN HOUSING/HOMELESS SERVICES
Attention Homes
https://www.attentionhomes.org/thesource/

YOUTH SAFETY HOTLINES:
Safe2Tell Colorado
Anonymously report anything that concerns or threatens you, your friends, your family, or your community 24/7.
1‐877‐542‐7233

CHILDHELP USA NATIONAL HOTLINE
Helps youth who are suffering from child abuse 24/7.
1-800-422-4453

Colorado Crisis Services
Available 24/7 for anyone in crisis.
1-844-493-8255

Training 

Free and low-cost community trainings are available to everyone who would like to be prepared to help a young person in need of mental health support. Many trainings are scheduled on a regular basis, and most organizations can work with you to schedule a group training.

Youth Mental Health First Aid
https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/population-focused-modules/youth/
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an organization that provides support for adults who want to understand how to help someone between the age of 12-18 suffering from mental health or addiction. Topics that that will be discussed in the program will be related to depression, anxiety, and drug abuse. Trainings are 8 hours and can be scheduled through Mental Health Partners. Cost is typically $35/person.

QPR (Question Persuade Refer) Training 

This concise, but informative, course teaches individuals to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crises and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Trainings are 90 minutes and can be scheduled through the following organizations:

Partners for Children’s Mental Health https://pcmh.org/training-center/ (FREE)

Mental Health Partners – https://www.mhpcolorado.org/training/ (cost varies)

Colie’s Closet Presentation

Colie’s Closet presents in Boulder Valley School District middle and high school classrooms, and cover the warning signs and risk factors of suicide and depression, and what to do for yourself and others. This presentation has been approved by the school district and follows the health curriculum standards. More information can be found at https://coliescloset.org/. 

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Boulder County Presentations

  • NAMI Family & Friends – a free 90-minute seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support.
  • NAMI In Our Own Voice – presentations that change attitudes, assumptions and ideas about people with mental health conditions. This free 60-minute presentation provide a personal perspective of mental health conditions, as leaders with lived experience talk openly about what it’s like to have a mental health condition.
  • NAMI Ending the Silence – an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition. Led by two leaders: one who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. Available for students, staff and families.

More information can be found at https://namibouldercounty.org/.

Partners for Children’s Mental Health

Developing School Protocols: Intervening with Students at Risk for Suicide

Partners for Children’s Mental Health is offering workshops to help Colorado school districts improve their policies and procedures related to intervening with students at risk of suicide and providing support after a suicide loss. Each workshop is a two-part series that will review best practice guidelines and offer recommendations. More information can be found at https://pcmh.org/school-workshops/.

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