A Toolkit for Pediatricians

Unfortunately, it has taken a while to move youth mental health to the forefront of our collective minds. The U.S. Surgeon General has declared youth mental health a crisis and has called upon all health providers to help address the mental health needs of parents and their children. In our effort to address the crisis, we’ve created resources for pediatricians to use in their office and provide to parents.

Importance of Mental Health Screening

DBSA knows that pediatricians are on the frontline of children’s health, find tips on how to perform mental health screenings, pass along DBSA resources to parents and caregivers, and a letter from Pediatrician Nicole Brown, MD, MPH, MHS addressing the impact of the youth mental health crisis and the importance of early mental health screening for young children.

Resources for Your Patients

DBSA Mood Crew

DBSA’s Mood Crew can Help children set healthy foundations for the future by teaching them emotional literacy now. Teaching children how to articulate and navigate feelings sets the foundation for emotional health, which affects their overall development. DBSA’s Mood Crew was developed to help parents and caregivers, as well as educators and clinicians, begin important conversations on mental health.

Mood Disorder Education | Resource for Parents and Caregivers

Get access to DBSA’s Understanding Mood Disorders in Children and Teens brochure. This brochure is a great resource for parents and caregivers who may have a child living with depression or bipolar disorder by providing them with an overview of the mental health conditions, signs and symptoms, how to seek proper care for their child, and practical practices for helping their child with a new diagnosis.

Finding Support

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance was founded by people living with mood disorders for people living with mood disorders. DBSA offers free support groups for friends and family members, as well as parents and caregivers. Our Parent and Caregiver Network connects parents across the world who are raising children living with mood disorders.

This resource is made possible by a generous grant from the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation.