Health and Mental Health Resources

Granada Hills Charter's School Social Worker, Ms. Ackermann, would like to share some websites that may come in handy for our students and their families. These are tried and true resources, and they are continuously updated.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
This website – The Balanced Mind Parent Network (BMPN), a program of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), guides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support, and stability they seek.

We Spark
Many families' lives are touched by cancer. We Spark provides free cancer support services for children, teenagers, and adults. Participate in art class, learn yoga or tai chi, join a discussion group, or go to a workshop – it's all designed to enhance the quality of life for cancer patients and their family members and friends.

Our House Grief Support Center
If you have lost a loved one – whether a family member or a friend – Our House is there to help. This organization is dedicated to supporting people who grieve a loss, whether they be children, teens, or adults.

TEEN LINE is a confidential telephone help line for teenaged callers. It operates every evening from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. and is toll-free from anywhere in California. When you call, you don't have to give your name and everything you say will be strictly confidential. The TEEN LINE volunteers who answer the call are Southern California teenagers who have been specially trained. They won't judge you or give you advice — their job is to listen to your feelings and help you to clarify your concerns, define the options available to you, and help you make positive decisions. No problem is too small, too large, or too shocking for the TEEN LINE volunteers. Call 1-800-TLC-TEEN (1-800-852-8336) or in Los Angeles: 310-855-HOPE (310-855-4673) or in The Valley: 818-432-2266

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline's national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

When a parent or a child is first diagnosed with a mental illness, the whole family needs help. NAMI SFV provides educational programs and support groups for families at no cost.

Military OneSource
Military OneSource is a free service provided by the Department of Defense to service members and their families to help with a broad range of concerns including money management, spouse employment and education, parenting and child care, relocation, deployment, reunion, and the particular concerns of families with special-needs members. They can also include more complex issues like relationships, stress, and grief. Services are available 24 hours a day — by telephone and online.

The Center for Transyouth Health and Development
The Center for Transyouth Health and Development promotes healthy futures for transyouth by providing services, research, training and capacity building that is developmentally informed, affirmative, compassionate and holistic for gender non-conforming children and transyouth.

Free To Be He, She, They: Helping Young People Navigate Gender Identity
UCSF’s pioneering Child and Adolescent Gender Center is helping a growing number of families seeking advice – and, increasingly, medical intervention – to help a son or daughter’s physiology match their gender identity.
Adolescent Depression
The word depression is used to mean many different things. If asked, most people would say that they have felt “depressed.” What most mean by this is that they have felt sad. Sadness is a universal feeling, and everyone will experience some intense periods of sadness with grief. Not everyone, however, will experience a clinical depression. Sadness or depression is just one symptom of a depressive illness.

SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline, 1-877-SAMHSA7 (1-877-726-4727)
Get general information on mental health and locate treatment services in your area. Speak to a live person, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.

Support Phone Numbers

24 Hour Emergency Center 818-885-5396
Northridge Hospital Medical Center - 18300 Roscoe Blvd., Northridge 818-885-8500
Olive View/UCLA Hospital – 14445 Olive Dr., Sylmar 818-364-1555
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center – 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills 818-365-8051
Psychiatric Emergency 818-364-4340
Valley Coordinated Children’s Services 818-708-4500
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Crisis (M-F 8 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.) HELPLINES Alateen 213-387-3158
Alcoholics Anonymous 323-936-4343
California Youth Crisis Line (Runaways and all other problems) 800-843-5200
Child Abuse Hotline 800-540-4000
Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center 877-727-4747
Eating Disorders Referral Service 800-931-2237
El Nido Family Services 818-830-3646
Fire, Police, Ambulance 911
Gay and Lesbian Youth Talkline 800-246-7743
Homework Hotline Teachers Helpline 800-527-8839
Info Line – General Info + Referrals 211
LA Rape and Battery Hotline 800-656-4673
Marijuana Anonymous 818-759-9194
Poison Control Center 800-222-1222
Safe Rides – Fri. + Sat. 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 661-259-6330
San Fernando Valley Coalition on Gangs 211
Valley Community Clinic 818-763-4070
Valley Trauma Center – Sexual Assault 818-886-0453