Mental Health

If you are suffering with a mental health crisis, or are thinking about harming yourself or attempting suicide, please tell someone you can trust right away.

For Emergency Services
Call 911
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-8255 or 1-800-799-4889 (TTY)

Responsible Fatherhood inherently involves the well-being and capacity of fathers to be positively involved with their children. Mental health issues, such as depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and biopolar disorder, can cause a wide range of problems, issues, and needs within a family as well as between fathers and children. These are serious, but treatable conditions.

Responsible Fatherhood programs can be well served by being aware of these needs and taking steps to address them. Current research, statistics, and program advice are available through this section of the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC).

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NRFC Webinars

Let’s Talk About Mental Health
This February 2015 NRFC Webinar focused on ways in which fatherhood programs can talk with fathers about mental health issues. Specifically, it provided tips on helping fathers identify and address mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) issues, talk about ways to address misperceptions about “mental illness,” and look at strategies to encourage prevention, resilience, and recovery.

Watch the recording


NRFC Resources

Depression among Urban Fathers with Young Children: A Research Report with Tips for Responsible Fatherhood Programs and Stakeholders
Source: National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC)
This brief provides an overview of previous research about men and depression, identifies factors associated with risk of depression for urban fathers, and offers tips on how fatherhood programs can help fathers identify and address symptoms of depression.


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Resources from the Child Welfare Information Gateway
Mental Health Services

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Federal Mental Health Resources

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI services include information to help inform yourself, learn more about support and treatment, and to find and support local mental health alliances.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
NIMH services include information on a variety of mental health conditions, including anxiety disorders, such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and other anxiety disorders which affect about 40 million adults in the U.S.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA services include substance abuse information, treatment options, and statistics as well as technical assistance resources for a wide range of topics and audiences, including Tribal communities, youth prevention, intervention and treatment, and faith-based organizations.

CDC Mental Health Work Group
CDC Mental Health Work Group website includes basic public health information on mental health. While CDC is not a mental health agency, staff members from across CDC whose work relates to mental health established the mental health work group, and this Web site, to support CDC's overall public health efforts. Including information on organizations by state.

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Other Resources

Children's Program Kit: Supportive Education for Children of Addicted Parents
Source: SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
This packet of materials was developed to help substance abuse therapists establish treatment and education groups for the children of their clients.
National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD)
NCPTSD aims to advance the clinical care and social welfare of U.S. Veterans through research, education and training on PTSD and stress-related disorders. This site is an educational resource on PTSD and traumatic stress, for veterans and also for mental health care providers, researchers and the general public.
Men and Depression
Estos hombres son reales. La depresión también.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has a special initiative targeting men and depression. Learn about depression in men, the signs, treatment, and hear real stories. 

National Evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program
Source: Systems of Care, SAMHSA
This Resource Guide provides information and resources to assist states and communities in developing, implementing, evaluating and sustaining systems of care to benefit children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families.

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