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Mental Health Guide

Support for Families has produced the following information packet to assist families and professionals with their search for essential information and access to resources.  We hope that they are helpful and invite you to contact us with questions or comments.

Download the entire PDF packet in your preferred language below, or scroll down to find links to each section of this packet.

 

An excerpt from the Introduction page:

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that one in ten children and adolescents in the US suffers from mental illness severe enough to require treatment. 

Children and young people may be affected by any number of mental health problems: depression, anxiety, challenging and disruptive behaviors, eating disorders, or self-harming behaviors. Parents and family members are often the first to notice changes in a child. Sometimes parents find it hard to talk about their concerns, perhaps because of the stigma that often accompanies mental disorders or because they simply do not know what services are available or where to find them. 

Recognizing your child's problems and seeking treatment early can help your child and family cope with the challenges facing you. You do not have to struggle with these challenges alone. Services available through the San Francisco Department of Public Health's Community Behavioral Health Services (CBHS), schools, and parent support groups can help your child and your family get the support and assistance you need. This book is written to guide you and your family through the mental health system in San Francisco. This guide will help you to:

  • Learn more about emotional, behavioral, and mental health conditions
  • Identify those of your child's behaviors that are of particular concern to you
  • Become knowledgeable about the types of mental health services available to you and your family
  • Understand how community mental health, the schools, and other agencies can work together to support your child and your family
  • Learn how to work in partnership with your providers
  • Understand your rights and responsibilities
  • Learn where to go for advocacy and support

These resources do not endorse any services or programs listed, nor are they to be considered an exhaustive listing of organizations or websites. If you find any incorrect information, if you would like to offer feedback, or if you know of additional resources that may be helpful to include in the future, please contact us.