How can I find support for my family?


National Resources

  • Bullying and LGBTQ Youth – This includes information about bullying and LGBT youth, how to create a safe environment for LGBT youth, federal civil rights laws regarding sexual orientation, and resources on how to deal with LGBT bullying.
  • Crisis Text Line: This is a confidential texting service that provides free 24/7 text support for anyone in a crisis. Text “START” to 741-741 to receive help from a supervisor, crisis center partner, or rigorously trained volunteer. The texter’s anonymity is protected and responders use communication techniques that are modeled on standard crisis-counseling practices.
  • Disability Resources from the Department of Labor – Provides links to multiple disability resources – including sites about benefits, civil rights, community life, education, employment, emergency preparedness, health, housing, technology, and transportation.
  • Facts for Families: The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has compiled a list of valuable information on almost every challenge pertaining to children and families. The list addresses a range of issues including bedwetting, bullying, dealing with divorce, self-injury and substance abuse.
  • GLSEN – The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) provides informative research and a ton of resources to help improve the education experience and lives of LGBTQ students.
  • GLSEN’s Safe Space Kit – This includes concrete strategies that help you support LGBT students, educate about anti-LGBT bias and advocate for changes in schools. Safe Space stickers and posters also available for your office.
  • InfoAboutKids: Infoaboutkids.org is an ongoing collaboration of the Consortium for Science-Based Information on Children, Youth and Families. Their goal is to promote healthy child and family development by highlighting science-based information for those who care for, or work with, children.
  • OK 2 Talk: a site where teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems can talk about what they are experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedies, struggle, or hope.
  • SAMHSA Disaster/Distress Helpline – A 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.
  • SAMHSA Disaster-Specific Resources – Installment of the SAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) presents information and additional resources specific to particular kinds of disasters, as well as general preparedness and response information
  • Stop Bullying – A federal website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Suicide and Depression Awareness Guide: This guide is dedicated to helping those who are suffering or have suffered from depression, suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts. It is also designed for concerned friends and family members who might be worried that someone they love will commit suicide.
  • The Trevor Project: This organization provides suicide prevention services and support for LGBTQ individuals. This includes Trevor Lifeline, a 24/7 confidential lifeline support (1-966-488-7386), Trevorchat, Trevortext, and Trevorspace, a social networking community for LGBTQ youth.

Hawaii Resources

  • Child & Family Service: Ohana Support Services: This site provides training, education, support, and mentoring to caregivers of CAMHD youth who are experiencing a variety of mental health challenges.  Located at the Family Guidance Centers, Ohana Support Services (OSS) Parent Partners offer face-to-face training on parenting skills, understanding the system of care, connecting with community resources, and increasing self-sufficiency.
  • The Early Intervention Section: Under the State of Hawaii Department of Health, this program provides services to support the development of infant and toddlers from birth to three years of age.
  • Hawaii Branch of Mental Health America:  The official website for the Hawaii Branch of the Non-Profit organization, Mental Health America.  This website has lots of resources for families dealing with mental health problems and concerns.
  • Hawaii Covering Kids: Hawai‘i Covering Kids helps to identify, enroll, and retain eligible children and youths in health insurance programs. We collaborate with federal, state, and community agencies to conduct outreach activities and help Med-QUEST simplify its processes.
  • Hawaii Youth Directory: This site provides easy access to information about youth programs in Hawaii. The searchable database contains listings of government, private, and nonprofit organizations that offer services or activities for youth in Hawaii.
  • The Parent Line:  A free statewide confidential telephone line which offers support and information to parents and other caregivers. The phone line staff will help you problem-solve parenting challenges and child and adolescent behavior and development issues. Community resources information and parenting handouts are available.  Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Branch and the Hawai’i State Department of Health.
  • The Parent Line Directory: A list of phone numbers with helpful community resources.  Also Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Branch and the Hawai’i State Department of Health.
  • Powered till 26: Ran by the HI H.O.P.E.S. youth leadership boards, “Powered Till 26″ is a campaign that provides free medicaid coverage for former foster care youth in Hawai’i until the age of 26. Their website offers more information on how to qualify and apply for this free medicaid coverage.
  • Shaka Town: This site offers healthcare information for youth transitioning from foster care to independent living. Additionally, Shaka Town has numerous links to informational websites about teen mental health news, diagnosis, treatment, and studies.
  • Special Parent Information Network: The Special Parent Information Network (SPIN) is a parent to parent organization in Hawaii that provides information, support and referral to parents of children and young adults with disabilities and the professionals who serve them.
  • Yes Hawaii: This site offers information about Yes Hawaii, a new program administered by Family Programs Hawai‘i, in partnership with EPIC ‘Ohana and the Department of Human Services. Yes Hawaii provides peer support, outreach services, engagement in meaningful events and leadership activities for anyone in foster care between the ages of 14-26.