Teen Helpline (454.TEEN)
Where can parents turn to when facing questions? Just dial 314.454.TEEN (314.454.8336), a help line for parents of teens. This free service offered by St. Louis Children’s Hospital offers parents accurate information to access advice concerning adolescent development and behavior.
The NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association) website has a lot of useful information about what eating disorders are, treatment options, and forums for support. Especially useful on this site is the “Parents Toolkit” which includes information about navigating insurance coverage when trying to find treatment for a child with an eating disorder.
Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital
For appointments call 314.454.KIDS (5437) or 800.678.KIDS (5437)
http://transparentusa.org (Support Group for Parents)
The National Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse provide information and services related to substance abuse and addiction. They also offer free assessments for adolescents.
Community Advocacy and Resources
The Children’s Advocacy Project website links to a variety of resources including food and nutrition, insurance, pregnancy resources and teen-specific needs. You can also print out a variety of parent handouts.
The SPOT: Supporting Positive Opportunities with Teens: (314) 535-0413
St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute: (314) 534-0200
Behavioral Health Response Missouri Crisis Hotline:
St. Louis Metro number (314) 469-6644
Toll free number: 1 (800) 811-4760
TTY number: (314) 469-3638
Outreach Crisis Staff are available to come to your home at your request. They can provide local suicide and mental health crisis hotlines for your county in both Missouri and Illinois.