Teen Mental Health

Below are several resources I have compiled for parents, ministers, and those who want to support their teens’ mental wellness.

If you are looking for information on supporting your teen through the current pandemic, please click here. If you are curious about where to start building mental wellness in your family and teens, click here and here. If you have questions or would like additional support or resources, please contact me!


Superhero Therapy (and other resources) by Dr. Janina Scarlet
Brainstorm, Daniel Siegel
Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood, Lisa Damour
The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults, Amy Ellis Nutt & Frances E. Jensen
A Relentless Hope: Surviving the Storm of Teen Depression, Gary E. Nelson
The Youth Worker’s Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis, Rich Van Pelt
Group’s Emergency Response Handbook for Youth Ministry, Group Publishing

Online Resources and Information

Jeremy Edge, LPC at Escapingthe.com is a licensed counselor specializing in technology use and was my co-panelist in a recent webinar on teens and anxiety. Watch it here!

WHO Adolescent Mental Health Fact Sheet for 2019

Youth Pastors Play Pivotal Role in Teens’ Mental Health, Nick Zagorski

With Rising Teen Suicides, the Church Cannot Afford Mixed Messages on Mental Health, Melanie Springer Mock

Adolescent Identity Development: The Factors of Change, Joanna Lee Williams, Ph.D.

Suicide rate for kids ages 10 to 14 nearly tripled in last decade: CDC, Samuel Smith

3 Keys to Addressing Mental Health and Suicide in Your Ministry, Brett Talley


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Teens & Young Adults
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Texas Panhandle Centers Crisis Line: 806-359-6699
Crisis text line: Text ‘GO’ to 741741