Children and Adolescents

Child and Adolescent

Mental health is an important part of overall health for children and adolescents.  Many adults with mental disorders had symptoms that were not recognized or addressed in childhood or adolescence.  For a young person with symptoms of a mental disorder, the earlier treatment is started, the more effective it can be. Early treatment can help prevent more severe, lasting problems as a child grows up.

Mental Health Topics:

Source:  NIMH website.

Community Programs:

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Mission:  Provide immediate and on-going assistance to at-risk individuals and families through mentorship, counseling, and support.

  • A grant organization dedicated to helping families and non-profits fund projects and obtain the necessary financial help to overcome challenges.  


  • Teenagers in crisis
  • Families in need

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  • Activate a system of financial and humanitarian support – solutions and resources.

Vision:  Activate a system of people and non-profit organizations to support families or individuals following a crisis to provide the resources necessary to move past those crises.


  • Provide resources promptly upon a crisis being recognized.

Values:  Mental Health, Academia, Emotional Growth, Physical Fitness, Social Unity and Community Service.

Calls for Service:

As it pertains to teenagers (ages 13-19), the following are scenarios where Cornerstone Farms can help:

  • Domestic Dispute/Violence
  • Teen
    • Suicide Attempt
    • Violence
    • Truancy
    • Runaway
    • Homelessness
    • Bullying
    • Living Conditions


  • De-escalate
  • Evaluate
  • Decide a course of action
  • Advocate
  • Offer programs for intervention and assistance
    • Via existing partnerships
    • One-on-one evaluation of need(s) and how assistance may be provided

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The Children's Center for Hope & Healing (CCHH) is dedicated to stopping the cycle of child sexual abuse and to preventing the exploitation of children.

Since 1984 we've served northeast Georgia by providing counseling, education, and advocacy for those whose lives have been affected by sexual abuse through our five programs: Victim Services, Project Pathfinder, Adult Services, and Prevention Services.

The programs of the CCHH touch the lives of more than 1800 people each year who live across 13 counties of Northeast Georgia. The agency delivers programs through two locations: Gainesville and Cumming.

No other agency in Northeast Georgia offers the specialized services of Project Pathfinder. Also, CCHH is part of a limited number of agencies that offer counseling services to adults and children who are the survivors of sexual abuse.  Learn More

If you have a child struggling with mental health or learning challenges, getting sound, clear information is the first step to getting good care. The Child Mind Institute aims to empower you with the resources you need to make good decisions for your child. Whether you're investigating your concerns or researching a particular diagnosis, we offer the most current thinking from experts and the experience of families who've been through it.  Learn More

TIP is a teen drug educational program provided by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.  This program is focused on saving teen lives and redirecting them to make better choices in order to live successful lives.  Learn More

The Total Wellness Collaborative is part of the Forsyth County Schools Strategic Plan to collaborate and engage the community. 

Vision Statement: Mobilizing the community of Forsyth County to support the growth and success of all learners to lead a balanced and successful life.  Learn More


Text & Chat

We are pleased to announce that Georgia’s youth can now access GCAL’s services via text and chat through a new app called My GCAL, which became available for download in late January 2019.  Developed by Behavioral Health Link, the app will allow youth to call, text, or chat with GCAL 24/7/365. Help is in your pocket–just a click away. The caring professionals of GCAL are ready to help, and users can choose how they want to reach out.



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The Lou Ruspi Jr. Foundation is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to bring suicide prevention and mental health awareness to schools, the community and other entities through educational and interactive presentations and resources, thus saving lives and bringing hope to those affected.

We creatively engage our audience by simulating real-life experiences and discussions. View our Programs page for a detailed description of our presentations.  Learn More

Our Focus:  We are dedicated to healing adversity and promoting resiliency in children and families through the prevention and early intervention of ACEs and sharing best practice to support Georgia’s System-of-Care implementation and coordination.

Our Mission:  To lead a state-wide coalition to develop a closely-aligned and trauma-informed public and private network working toward a united vision to create a birth through 26 year old integrated behavioral health system. Key components to be implemented by our partners include prevention, early intervention, research, advocacy and policy, and System of Care implementation and coordination.  

What We Do:  Working across sectors, our partners create a common language and understanding about Adversity and Resilience through:​

  • Awareness Building
  • Promotion of best practices
  • Workforce development
  • Advocacy

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Reference Material:

The reference material below is specific to Children and Adolescents and provides additional information and content regarding a variety of Mental Health concerns and initiatives.  

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta - Strong4Life


National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health


National Institute of Mental Health

NIMH offers brochures and fact sheets on mental health disorders and related topics for patients and their families, health professionals, and the public.  Printed materials can be ordered free of charge.  Brochures and fact sheets are also offered in digital formats and are available in English and Spanish.  Source:


Resilient Georgia


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA offers numerous publications and digital products related to substance abuse and mental health for practitioners/professionals and the general public.  These can be found by clicking here.

Fact Sheets:

Sources of Strength

At Sources of Strength, our mission is to provide the highest quality evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse by training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength. 

Click here to download the At Home Guide: Resources for Practicing Strength at Home.  Source:


National Institute of Mental Health

NIMH offers brochures and fact sheets on mental health disorders and related topics for patients and their families, health professionals, and the public.  Printed materials can be ordered free of charge.  Brochures and fact sheets are also offered in digital formats and are available in English and Spanish.  Source:

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Failing at Normal: An ADHD Success Story:

Bipolar Disorder:
NIMH Expert Dr. Mary Rooney Discuses  Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents and Young Adults:


Bullying Exerts Psychiatric Effects Into Adulthood:

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:

Testimonial – Living with OCD: 

Substance Use Disorders:

Learn About Drugs and the Brain. An understanding how drugs change our daily activities:

"2021 Facts & Strategies concerning Substance Use One Year into The Pandemic" - Forsyth County Drug Awareness Youth Council Town Hall:

Suicide Prevention:

Youth Suicide Prevention: "Georgia's Children in Crisis" 30 sec PSA: