External Resources

How to find a DBT Therapist: 

  • Behavioral Tech: if you are looking for a therapist that provides adherent DBT. When looking for adherent DBT, you want to find a therapist that can offer individual DBT therapy, phone coaching, access to a DBT skills group, and who is part of a DBT consultation team.
On-Line Mental Health Information Resources for Teens & Parents:
  • Generation S.O.S.: Where teens share stories about mental health struggles, social pressures, and substance use without stigma or shame.
  • Teen Mental Health: this Canadian-based website has lots of information about mental health including specific information about disorders, but also about the teen brain, the importance of sleep, and other issues impacting teens.
  • Behavioral Tech: this DBT training website has definitions and resource lists with videos and useful information for teens and families about dialectical behavioral therapy.
  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention: website is dedicated to teen mental health with helpful information and additional resources.
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): great one-page fact sheet specifically for teens and the teen brain.
  • Effective Child Therapy: the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology website offers resources related to evidence-based treatments and common mental health concerns for kids and teens. The site is primarily geared towards parents/caregivers, however, teens may find the information available helpful as well.
Links to Great Informational and Useful Videos:

Mental Health Resources that can help Teens:

  • Calm helps users with mindfulness and meditation. 
  • Sanvello (originally Pacifica) helps teens break the cycle of ongoing negative thoughts by using tools that target stress, anxiety, and depression. 
  • Calm Harm provides tasks to help users resist or manage the urge to self-harm. 
  • MoodPath helps teens to detect symptoms of depression. 
  • HeadSpace aims to improve the health and happiness of the world.
  • 7Cups connects you to trained peer listeners for free emotional support.
  • SparqTools: Rethinking Stress.  Eleven brief videos show you how to rethink your stress and enhance your work and health.

Phone/Text Lines:

Celebrities Speak Out:

  • Born This Way Foundation: founded by Lady Gaga, is committed to supporting the wellness of young people, and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world. 
  • SELF Magazine: Pete Davidson of SNL opens up about his BPD diagnosis.
  • WebMD: Selena Gomez talks about how therapy changed her life.
  • Women’s Health: Demi Lavato speaks out about her bipolar diagnosis.
  • USA Today: NFL player Brandon Marshall talks about his BPD diagnosis.

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