American Academy of Pediatrics website has pages and pages of information on children’s health issues. This is the link to their behavioral health page which leads you to basic information about ADHD, autism, behavioral health, depression, disasters, learning disabilities, mental health, substance abuse, suicide and violence prevention. Some pages are also translated into Spanish.
National Institute of Mental Health provides information on mental health issues including booklets and fact sheets on current research and treatment. Information is available in Spanish as well.
California Department of Education provides a listing of resources and support for parents, guardians and families of children with disabilities
Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) “is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to enable individuals with disabilities to reach their maximum potential by providing them, their families and the professionals who serve them with training, support, information, resources and referrals, and by providing community awareness programs.” They also provide a list of websites and resources for different disabilities including ADHD, autism, deaf/hearing-impaired, dyspraxia, learning disabilities, and rare disorders.
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) “is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help people affected by ADHD.” They publish a variety of informational materials and have active support groups for parents of children with ADHD as well as adults with ADHD. Many resources are available in Spanish. The Orange County Chapter is very active with monthly meetings, informational speakers and other educational training.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is “dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affect by mental illness.” There is an Orange County Chapter who offers information and support, including family to family training to help cope with a family members mental illness. This program is also available in Spanish.
Gay & Lesbian Resources
The Trevor Project “is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The Trevor Project operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth.” The Trevor Helpline can be reached at 866-4-U Trevor or 866-488-7386.
NOTE: These websites are offered as a courtesy to you as they may provide useful general information about various topics. Laguna Family Therapy does not endorse or recommend the information, products, or services of these external websites.