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.
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.
Some resources that are available in Boulder Valley and Saint Vrain Valley Shools are:
Sources of Strength
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 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 oppurtuity to have financial assistance for therapy.
Rise Against Suicide
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.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
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 can be schedule through Mental Health Partners.
General Teen Mental Health and Wellness
Mental Health Partners
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
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
Various programs for teens and young adults including classes, workshops, and therapeutic services for youth.
Mindfulness For Teens
This website provides information, tools, and resources to help teens get started with mindfulness.
Dealing With Depression
Provides information on depression, and useful self help skills for dealing with depression in an interactive format.
Your Life Your Voice
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.
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
NAMI Teens and Young Adults Mental Health Information and Resources
BOYS TOWN NATIONAL HOTLINE
Serving all at-risk teens and children 24/7.
Text VOICE to 20121
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
This website has family & youth resources including a child and adolescent psychiatrist finder.
William James College
William James College created a website of resources for teens who struggle with mental health. It has online resources, helplines, apps, guides, and more.
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.
Find a Therapist, Psychiatrist, Treatment Center, or Support Group: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists
Teen Substance Abuse Resources
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
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
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
Private company specializing in eating disorder treatment for teens and adults. Has locations in Boulder and Fort Collins, CO.
National Eating Disorders Association
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.
This is a project for self harm, but is known to work well for eating disorders as well.
Self Harm Resources
Adolescent Self Injury Foundation/ Butterfly Project
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
LGBTQ Youth Resources
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)
Support hotline for trandgender teens and adults run by peer volunteers
TREVOR PROJECT LIFELINE
Confidential suicide hotline for LGBT youth 24/7.
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
Teen Sexual Health Resources
Boulder Valley Teen Health Clinic
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
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
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
YOUTH SAFETY HOTLINES:
Anonymously report anything that concerns or threatens you, your friends, your family, or your community 24/7.
CHILDHELP USA NATIONAL HOTLINE
Helps youth who are suffering from child abuse 24/7.
Colorado Crisis Services
Available 24/7 for anyone in crisis.