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NYS Parent Guide


Mental Health and Wellness

New York State Prevention and Parent Helpline


Helpline is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day and provides confidential support for anyone coping with the stress of parenting.

NYS Growing Up Healthy Helpline



Confidential support and referrals for emotional health services for pregnant or postpartum women.

Growing Up NYC

Find the supports for your family to thrive in NYC. Links to education activities and materials by age group as well as assistance connections for health, wellness and technology.

Project Teach

Family Mental Health and Wellness. Prevention is Important

It is important to prevent negative medical, social, and emotional impacts before they occur. Factors involved in prevention include proper nutrition, social supports, family stability, and much more. Data shows that these factors can have large and long-term effects on health outcomes.

New York State HOPEline


Anonymous and confidential help 24-hours a day, 365 days a year for alcoholism, drug abuse and problem gambling.

988: More Than A Number

988 is the new, three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL). It is now available nation-wide.

It is a direct connection to caring support for anyone in mental health distress. This may include: thoughts of suicide, substance use crisis, emotional distress

988 is a free service available to everyone.

You can contact 988 by chat, text, or phone.

Call or text 988 to be connected with a trained crisis counselor. When you call, you can access support in Spanish by pressing 2. Interpretation services are available in over 150 languages.

To access 988 via chat, visit


Postpartum International

Postpartum Support International (PSI) was founded in 1987 by Jane Honikman in Santa Barbara, California. The purpose of the organization is to increase awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy and postpartum. Approximately 15% of all women will experience postpartum depression following the birth of a child. Up to 10% will experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy. When the mental health of the mother is compromised, it affects the entire family.

NYS Mental Health Services Map

This interactive map can be sorted by county and provider type. It is a database that has current listings for New York State to help families access services.

Fatherhood Programs Near You

National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) is the nation's leading non-profit organization working to end father absence. Underlying many of society's most pressing challenges is a lack of father involvement in their children's lives. National Fatherhood Initiative’s vision is for every child to grow up with an involved, responsible, and committed father. Click the link to find a program or resource near you.