Helpful Resource Links
There are many resources available by searching online. Chad's Legacy Project only references non-profits and governmental agencies below in an effort to provide a focused and comprehensive list of non-commercial resources. For fee-for-service and .com services, you should conduct a careful and separate online search.
Also, we appreciate many requests we receive for inclusion of articles and other links but unfortunately must decline those offers in the interest of focus.
Do you or someone you know battle with mental illness in some way?
Here are some resources/links for both them and you that will help:
Crisis Connections for 24/7 phone
support in Washington:
24-hour help line for substance use,
problem gambling, and
mental health challenges
Dial 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 to talk to someone.
Send a text message to 838255 to connect with a VA responder.
Are you or someone you know in a mental health crisis?
If in an imminent unsafe situation, first, CALL 911
If the crisis is unfolding, but not yet dangerous, CALL 988, or:
Training and Support Resources:
A comprehensive online informational resource for teens:
Mental Health Info for Teens provides mental health information for young people, especially for those with a family member, often a parent, that has a mental illness. Authored by experts at Michigan State University.
Support and resources for Washington parents with siblings with Mental Illness:
The COPE Project was developed as a support to enhance our System of Care framework. The project is intended to provide a pathway for Washington State parents who are accessing and navigating the children’s behavioral health system to have peer support to ease their journey, whenever possible.
Changes Parent Support Network is a structured, peer-led program that provides support to parents struggling with children who are engaging in oppositional and self-destructive behaviors. Changes offers hope, help, support and relief from feeling overwhelmed and alone.
Training for support and crisis intervention/de-escalation:
"Am I even helping? I don't know what to do! How are we going to get through this night?" Think of Mental Health First Aid as a "CPR-type course for Mental Illness" crisis moments. We highly recommend this course for parents, peers and any others that may find themselves in a position of assisting someone in crisis.
What could you possibly say to someone battling depression?
Here's what you can say... a video to arm yourself with better encouragement.
Suicide Prevention and Survivor Support Resources from Forefront Suicide Prevention
Depression Resource from Kaiser Permanante
Dealing with Stress in College from WGU, Washington
General Information and Resources:
From Maryville University, St Louis, MO
Self Medication Abuse/Addiction Resources:
The National Insitute of Mental Health:
National information and Mental Health support:
A Teacher's Resource for Mental Health Education Curriculum:
Visit the joint work product of CLP and the University of Washington SMART Center for the first teacher resource for easy assessment, selection and implementation of Mental Health Literacy education in schools. Just published August, 2021, www.mentalhealthinstruction.org is an online library of curricula and programs, available to all teachers and school staff members.