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Child & Adolescent Resources


For information about children living with a parent with mental illness, please CLICK HERE.


NAMI Maryland is dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults living with serious mental illnesses, and their families. Mental health impacts millions of Americans; NAMI Maryland offers resources and educational materials focused on children and adolescents living with mental illness.



Get The Facts!

Did you know that 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14? 

Click the link below for more information:

Child & Adolescent Mental Illness By The Numbers



Students Guide To Mental Health

Getting The Right Start


Want To Know How To Help A Friend


For more information on a student-led organization that provides mental health support in a college setting CLICK HERE.




Teens and young adults who are faced with mental illness often feel isolated, struggling to talk openly about the state of their mental health. The goal of OK2TALK is to create a community for teens and young adults to share their stories and talk about metal health experiences with other peers. Anyone can add their voice by sharing creative content such as inspirational quotes, photos, videos, lyrics, and messages of support in a safe, moderated space.


It's time we talked about mental health. Share what's on your mind.




NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics is a free, signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents who are experiencing symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years. NAMI-trained parents and caregivers teach the 6-week course and all materials are free for participants. The course focuses on ADHD, ODD, CD, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Schizophrenia, OCD and Substance Use Disorders. During the six weeks topics such as brain development, current research, treatment, resources in the community and crisis and relapse prevention are discussed. Participants that complete the course leave with the fundamentals to care for their family and children with mental illness. Last year, 99% of participants said they would recommend this program to other parents.


For more information about NAMI Basics, or to sign up for the program, please contact NAMI's Maryland office at 410-884-8691.

You may also email the State Coordinator for Programs & Training, Jessie Wong, at



NAMI Beginnings 

A publication dedicated to the young minds of America, from the NAMI Child & Adolescent Action Center. Unfortunely, NAMI Beginnings it is no longer in circulation, but previous issues are available through the following links:

NAMI Beginnings Spring 2012

NAMI Beginnings Winter 2012

NAMI Beginnings Spring 2011

NAMI Beginnings Winter 2010



Helpful Articles, Advocacy Resources & Helpful Links

The following organizations are excellent resources regarding advocacy on behalf of children's mental health:

Talking to Kids about Mental Illness

Children of Parents with Mental Illness

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Psychiatric Association
Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
Mental Health America
The Children's Defense Fund
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
The Balanced Mind Foundation
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)