Emotional Toolboxes


MHA Programs and Services


Free short-term counseling is available for youth and adults in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg who don’t have insurance or have insurance but cannot afford their deductible or copays, and have been impacted by the pandemic. To learn more about eligibility, contact MHA’s Care Coordinator Rachel Rosenfeld at 704-899-1839.


Programs to increase knowledge and awareness surrounding mental health risk factors, signs and symptoms, and ways to assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

Mental Health Screening Tools

MHA National’s online screening tools to help identify potential symptoms of a mental health condition. Accessible for both adults and youth.

Directory of Mental Health Professionals

Online listing of local licensed mental health care professionals who are members of the MHA of Central Carolinas directory.

Mental Health America National Wellness Planning and Maintenance

MHA National tips and tools for a recovery plan.

MHA National 988 Suicide and Crisis Line

Information on the 988 line and how it works

Local Resources


In Crisis? Emergency Numbers:

Local mental health crisis: 9-8-8 to speak with a crisis counselor

Mobile Crisis: 704-566-3410, option 1. 

Teen Health Connection

Adolescent medical and behavioral health services.

Time Out Youth

Time Out Youth Center serves both youth and adults to empower Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning Youth to connect with others and to express your true self without judgment or assumptions.

The Relatives

Provides access to immediate resources and a safe place for youth in crisis to stay.

 24-Hour Crisis Hotline – 704.377.0602

For services, opportunities, and general inquiries – 704.344.1111

Monarch SECU Youth Crisis Center

Grief Counseling | VIA Health Partners(opens in a new tab)

Treatment for young people between the ages of 6-17 who are in a mental health or substance use crisis.

Trellis Supportive Care

Free grief counseling, grief education and grief support groups for youth, serving 13 different counties including Cabarrus County.

VIA Health Partners

Grief counseling and support groups offered in Mecklenburg County

YMCA’s Teen Mental Health Resource Hub

Education and resources for young people

National Resources

National Suicide Prevention 24-Hour Call Center:

Chat with a crisis counselor by calling: 988

Or chat online by visiting this link

SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment
referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families
facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Youth Information

Resources for youth from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


YouthLine is a free teen-to-teen crisis support and help line. Teens are available to help daily from 4-10pm PST (adults are available by phone at all other times).

The Trevor Project

Provides information & support to LGBTQ youth 24/7, all year round.

We R Native

A comprehensive health resource for Native youth, by Native youth, providing content about topics from self-care, breaking trauma cycles and ending stigma.

On Our Sleeves

On Our Sleeves is the national movement to break stigmas around children’s mental health. Find resources for children’s mental wellness here.


Resources and information for youth and parents of youth who have been effected by bullying


Safe, moderated online community where teens and young adults struggling with mental health conditions can find a safe place to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope.

Getting Better Together

How teens can talk to parents about getting help.

Mental Health Is Health

Ways to take action to support yourself and those around you.

Mindfulness for Teens

Mindfulness activities and resources for teens

Peptalk Hotline

Need some encouragement to bring a smile to your day? Call 707-998-8410 to hear recorded peptalks from kindergartners.

Social Media Page Recommendations



Licensed Social worker who shares knowledge amount mental health challenges and self-care tips.


Licensed therapist who shares knowledge of mental health challenges, self-care tips and empowering messages aimed towards youth.



Mental health knowledge and positive messages aimed towards POC

@Miss Mental Kim

Uplifting posts about self care and mental health challenges

Reading Recommendations


Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression

By Nell Casey (Editor), Al Álvarez (Contributor), Russell Banks (Contributor), Ann Beattie (Contributor), Meri Nana-Ama Danquah (Contributor), Lesley Dormen (Contributor), Donald Hall (Contributor), Virginia Hefferman (Contributor).

[Don’t] Call Me Crazy

By Kelly Jensen (Goodreads Author) (Editor), Victoria Schwab (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Adam Silvera (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Libba Bray (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Esmé Weijun Wang (Contributor), Yumi Sakugawa (Contributor), Mike Jung (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Meredith Russo (Goodreads Author) (Contributor).

Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles

By Jessica Burkhart (Goodreads Author) (Editor), Kami Garcia (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Ellen Hopkins (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Maureen Johnson (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), E. Kristin Anderson (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Megan Kelley Hall (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Cynthia Hand (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Francisco X. Stork (Goodreads Author) (Contributor).


By Nadia Owusu

Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America

By Amy Reed (Goodreads Author) (Editor), Ellen Hopkins (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Alexandra Duncan (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), I.W. Gregorio (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Maurene Goo (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Stephanie Kuehnert (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Nina LaCour (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Anna-Marie McLemore (Goodreads Author)(Contributor)

Adolescent / Young Adult

Mental Health In America – Youth Data

MHA National – Children’s & Youth Mental Health Facts and Resources

MHA National Young Leaders Events & Recordings

Recommended Reading for Children

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