What's in Your Backpack?

Parenting is quite a journey!  

Like all long journeys, you might need to fill your backback with the tools and maps you need to help you find your way.  

Check out the items below to help make your parenting journey as smooth as possible.


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Behavioral Health Emergency Plan for Youth and Families

Like a physical health crisis, a behavioral health crisis can be challenging for teens and families.  Having a plan with your information all is one plan can make it less overwhelming.

Here is a plan to help manage any crisis related to substance use, psychological distress, suicide or other mental health challenges.

Fill out the form to:

        Know your teen’s resources and supports in a moment’s notice

        Better prepare your support system

Keep several copies on the fridge, on your phone, in your car or in a wallet.

Click here to download forms in English, Spanish or Portuguese.

Mental Health Resources

Dept. of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) Mental Health Services: http://www.bhddh.ri.gov/mh/index.php

Campaign to Change Direction: https://www.changedirection.org

Kids Link RI: https://www.lifespan.org/centers-services/kids-link-ri

Bradley Hospital: https://www.lifespan.org/centers-services/access-center-bradley-hospital

Additional resources here

Other Family and Adolescent Resources




Big Brothers/Big Sisters


Care Net RI -24 hour pregnancy hotline

1-800-395-HELP (4357)

Child Abuse Hotline RI


Gay and Questioning Youth


Shepard Program


Dorcas Place


Family Services of RI

401-331-1350 ext. 3162

Mental Health Counseling


Counseling for Teenagers and Adolescents


Northern RI Visitation Center


Runaway Help

800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)