Depression Tool Kit
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Resources For Recognition of Depression

The intent of this appendix is to provide teachers and students with information for further exploration and to promote a healthy, non-stigmatizing attitude towards individuals with depression or other mental health problems. There are a vast number of resources on depression, mental health, and the brain. This list represents what we believe are some of the best.

The UAMS Partners in Behavioral Health Sciences (PIBHS) program provides resources and information about services on the Internet as an educational benefit.  PIBHS makes no claims about the suitability of this information or these services for any purpose. The PIBHS program takes no responsibility for the content or information contained on the Internet sites listed here and does not exert any editorial or other control over the listed sites.

PIBHS does not specifically endorse any of the resources or Internet sites provided in this appendix.  Information from the Internet should be used at the discretion of the teacher or student and should not be used in place of professional advice from a trained medical professional. Please seek treatment if you feel you are depressed, experiencing mental health problems or in need of mental health care.
While much of the information and materials from the Internet is considered to be in the public domain, copyright restrictions and protections often apply to any duplication, retransmission or other replication of this information.

National Suicide Hotline
(800) SUICIDE or (800) 784-2433
24 hours a day / 7 days a week will connect you with a counselor or crisis line in your local area.

NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) Help line 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
Can connect with a help line representative and give information about support groups in your local area.

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance

National Foundation for Depressive Illness
A recorded message line listing symptoms of depressive and bipolar illness.

SAMHSA Mental Health Information Center
1-800-789-CMHS (2647)
A U.S. government agency resource center for all types of mental health information and assistance.

Recommended Books for Teachers

Helping the Grieving Student: A Guide for Teachers
 by The Dougy Center (

When Death Impacts Your School: A Guide for School Administrators
by The Dougy Center (

Learned Optimism by Martin E. Seligman
Living with Grief: At Work, At School, At Worship
by the Hospice Foundation of America (

A Student Dies, A School Mourns: Dealing with Death and Loss in the School Community by Ralph L. Klicker
Grief at School: A Manual for School Personnel by Helen Fitzgerald
Published by the American Hospice Foundation (

Depression in the Young: What We Can Do to Help Them by Trudy Carlson

When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens by Bev Cobain

Growing Up Sad: Childhood Depression and Its Treatment by Leon Cytryn, Donald H. McKnew, and Jerry M. Wiener

Understanding Teenage Depression: A Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management by Maureen Empfield and Nicholas Bakalar

‘Help Me, I’m Sad’: Recognizing, Treating, and Preventing Childhood and Adolescent Depression by Davis G. Fassler and Lynne S. Dumas

More Than Moody: Recognizing and Treating Adolescent Depression by Harold S. Koplewicz

Helping Students Overcome Depression and Anxiety by Kenneth W. Merrell

The Childhood Depression Sourcebook by Jeffrey A. Miller

The Depression Sourcebook by Brian P. Quinn

Scientific Journal Articles

Many other journal articles can be found in the reference list at the end of each teacher’s guide.

Ayyash-Abdo H. Adolescent suicide: an ecological approach. Psychology in the Schools. 2002;39:459-475.
Beardslee WR, Gladstone TR. Prevention of childhood depression: Recent findings and future prospects. Biological Psychiatry. 2001;49:1101-10.

Birmaher B, Arbelaez C, Brent D. Course and outcome of child and adolescent major depressive disorder. Child & Adolescent Clinics of North America. 2002;11:619-638.

Brent DA, Birmaher B. Adolescent depression. New England Journal of Medicine. 2002;347:667-671.
Farmer TJ. The experience of major depression: adolescents’ perspectives. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 2002;23:567-585.

Gould MS, Kramer RA. Youth suicide prevention. Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior. 2001;31(Suppl): 6-31.
Kessler RC, Avenevoli S, Merikangas KR. Mood disorders in children and adolescents: an epidemiologic perspective. Biological Psychiatry. 2001;49:1002-1014.

Nemeroff C. The neurobiology of depression. Scientific American. 1998;(June):42-50.
Stanard RP. Assessment and treatment of adolescent depression and suicidality. Journal of Mental Health Counseling. 2000;22:204-217.

Steingard RJ. The neuroscience of depression in adolescence. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2000;61(Suppl 1):15-21.

Internet Resources

Other on-line sources can be found at the end of the teacher’s guide for some lessons.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – Facts for Families
Provides fact sheets on 94 social and mental health issues affecting children, adolescents, and families. Available in six languages.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Includes facts on suicide and depression, groups at risk, danger signs, information for survivors and more sources. Special sections on suicide and alcohol and suicide and firearms.

American Association of Suicidology
Information on recognizing suicidal feelings, warning signs, and ways to help. Features include online bookstore and suggestions for survivors.

At a Glance: Suicide among the Young Surgeon General’s Call to Action
Provides important statistics on suicide among young people with related links.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
An excellent, comprehensive site for information about mental health law, advocacy and public policy.

CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control,
Contains information on injury prevention, fatal and non-fatal injury statistics, and geographic distribution of injury-related mortality. Also includes the National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center and facts about suicide.

Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association
In cooperation with the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Site offers membership and newsletter subscription for those with an interest in depressive disorders. Information about Young People’s Outreach Program, support groups, and leader training. Book and video offers.

Depression Screening
Provides information on depression and other mental disorders, as well as prevention and screening programs. Provides dates and locations for depression screenings across the country.

DOUGY Center – The National Center for Grieving
Children and Families, Provides links to peer support groups for grieving children and adolescents. For adults, the site offers information on helping grieving children, death and schools, kids and funerals, and information on training and workshops. Kids are directed to books, activities, message boards, and local resources in their area.

Help for Teens from the American Psychological Association (APA)
The American Psychological Association’s teen website. Peer stories illustrate problems like anxiety and eating disorders; other sections discuss triggers and signs of mood changes and where to go for help.

NAMI: National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
The national advocacy organization for persons with mental illness. Outstanding site for information on depression, all types of mental illness and mental health advocacy.

Arkansas NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)
The Arkansas chapter of NAMI.

National Organization of People of Color Against
Selected statistics on suicide and people of color.

National Institute for Mental Health
Site for NIMH’s Suicide Research Consortium.  Features a national hotline, recommendations for the media, and links to current statistics and research.

Information from the NIMH for both the public and researchers. Includes brochures, booklets, fact sheets, information on clinical trials, conference summaries, and press releases. Some material available in Spanish.

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
Comprehensive site with fact sheets about suicide risk among different populations, strategies for suicide prevention, international organizations, and extensive links to suicide prevention. Information also available in Spanish.

SOS High School Suicide Prevention Program
Information on SOS High School Suicide Prevention Program and educational materials.

Stigma of Mental Illness
Explains, stigma and addresses myths associated with mental illness. , features public service announcements, lists warning signs, and explains stigma.

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

Features articles on suicide and depression, a reading list with book reviews, and support group information. Community action kit and public service announcement ad campaign available.

Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network
Information on suicide prevention activism. Tools and advocacy letters available to download.
U.S. Surgeon General’s Reports Mental Health:
The Surgeon general’s comprehensive report on the status of mental health in the United States. Can be downloaded in PDF form.

Supplement to Report on Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity
Executive summary, fact sheets, resources and full report available.

Additional Internet Resources

American Association of Pastoral Counselors

American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry

Brain Place
Fantastic site about mental health with computer images of the brain.

Brain Power
A wonderful traveling outreach program designed for students in grades 5-8 (but also appropriate for high school kids) that explores the physical, sensory and behavioral brain, the biology of drug dependency and the effects drugs have on the brain. Developed by the Pacific Science Center and the Group Health Cooperative.

Center for Mental Health Services

Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation

Children with Disabilities

Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association

Depression Screening

Dept. of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families

Digital Anatomist Project for Health Families Worldwide Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health National advocacy organization with local contacts.

Making Connections
A partnership of the University of Washington, Pacific Science Center, Group Health Cooperative and the Washington Association for Biomedical Research which focuses on the brain and nervous system to teach basic science concepts.

National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

Neuroguide – Neuroscience information on the Internet

Neuroscience for Kids
Fantastic site, geared for students, about the brain and the nervous system.

Partners in Behavioral Health Sciences

Synapse Web:Human Brain Project Website

Tools for Coping with a Variety of Life’s Stressors

UCLA School Mental Health Project
An extremely comprehensive site for school and educational personnel about all issues related to mental health in the school setting. The site contains copious amounts of free reports, resources and information on mental health for teachers, counselors, administrators, researchers, etc.
Videos about psychology from

American Psychological Association

This video describes job options for someone interested in pursuing a career in psychology, including a description of what psychologists do, what types of specialty areas are available, how to prepare in high school and beyond for such a career, and job outlooks in the future for psychology.
This video, hosted by Dr. Phillip Zimbardo, is a 26-part series on “Discovering Psychology” with many interesting features of interest to students. The video series also includes a guide for students and teachers and a website supporting the series.

Sponsored by the UAMS College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry’s Partners in Behavioral Health Sciences program which is made possible by support from a Science Education Partnership Award (R25 RR15976) from the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health.