Here are some mental health agencies that connect parents and youths with support groups, therapy and more. Parents can also reach out to their child’s pediatrician or school mental health professionals.
Kansas City area groups
National Alliance on Mental Illness-Greater Kansas City chapter: 816-226-6798, namigreaterkc.org
Missouri Department of Mental Health: For Missourians in the Kansas City area. 888-279-8188, dmh.mo.gov
Wyandot Center for Community Behavioral Healthcare: Crisis line: 913-788-4200, wyandotcenter.org
Johnson County Mental Health Center: Crisis line: 913-268-0156, jocogov.org
Zero Reasons Why: Teen suicide prevention project, based in Johnson County but open to all. zeroreasonswhy.org
Comprehensive Mental Health Services: Family and youth support provided. 816-254-3652, thecmhs.com
The Family Conservancy: Mental health help for the whole family. 913-742-4357, thefamilyconservancy.org
Mattie Rhodes Center: Youth and young adult services. 816-471-2536, mattierhodes.org
National Alliance on Mental Illness: 800-950-6264, nami.org. For those in crisis, text “NAMI” at 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255), suicidepreventionlifeline.org
The Trevor Project hotline: 24/7 suicide prevention help for LGBTQ youths. 866-488-7386, thetrevorproject.org
Crisis Text Line: 24/7 access to a crisis counselor. Text “home” to 741741 or go to crisistextline.org
The Star’s Bill Lukitsch contributed.