Helpful Resources & Links

North American Programs for Youth at Clinical High Risk for Psychosis Risk Syndrome

The Adolescent Brain-Behavior Research Center (ABBRC)

Selected CAPPS & NAPLS Study Findings

UCLA Child & Teen Clinics 

  • UCLA Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program (CHAMP)
    Provides evaulation for youth 7-17 years with bipolar and other mood disorders. Offers family therapy and medication management. Some individual and group therapies and parent support groups are available for those who qualify through CHAMP research clinic.

  • UCLA Youth Stress and Mood (YSAM)
    Provides treatment for depression and suicide prevention in youth (ages 7-18)

  • UCLA S.A.F.E.T.Y. Program
    This YSM program works with adolescents who have presented to the emergency room with a suicide attempt. This three-month program provides individual/family therapy and case management.

  • UCLA Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®)
    Provides evidence-based group social skills interventions for youth (preschoolers to young adults)

UCLA Adult Clinics 

  • UCLA Aftercare Research Program
    Provides intensive, evidence-based outpatient treatment to individuals 18 to 45 who have had a recent first episode of psychosis (i.e., within 2 years of illness onset). Treatment includes individual case management, group therapy, intensive support in returning to work and/or school, and antipsychotic medication.

  • UCLA Thoughts Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
    Provides intensive, evidence-based outpatient treatment, including case management, groups, brief individual or family treatment, and psychiatry for adults 18+ with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and other thought disorders.

  • UCLA Schizophrenia Clinic
    Provides outpatient treatment for adults 18+ with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and other thought disorders.

  • UCLA Mood Disorders Clinic
    Treats adults with bipolar disorder, major depression, schizoaffective disorder, dysthymic disorder, and minor depression.

  • UCLA Anxiety Disorders Program (ADP)
    Treats adults with anxiety and related disorders. A team of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers will help you understand what triggers your anxiety, the feelings and thoughts that sustain it and the coping behaviors you engage in to avoid it. Medication management available. ADP also runs clinical trials exploring novel interventions.

  • UCLA Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®)
    Provides evidence-based group social skills and relationship support for young adults

Mental Health Non-profits, Programs & Agencies



  • Browse the AMAE HEALTH brochure

  • CAST Centers: Treatment For Mental Health & Addiction


    This non-profit’s mission is to radically accelerate cures for brain illnesses and injuries by funding and fostering paradigm-shifting scientific research collaborations and initiatives. Dr. Bearden serves on their Scientific Advisory Board.

  • Annual Staglin/ONEMIND Music Festival for Brain Health
    One of America’s most important fund-raising events for research on brain disorders.

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

  • American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

  • Mental Health Research Association (NARSAD)

  • Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

  • PIER Training Institute
    Offers information and comprehensive certification programs on the PIER Model, an early intervention program for young people at risk for a severe mental illness, and Family Psychoeducation, a method for training families to work together with a mental health professional as part of a treatment plan.

  • PEPPNET National Steering Committee on High Risk Youth
    A collaboration of clinicians, educators, policy leaders, government agencies and researchers who are leading community implementation efforts for early psychosis and psychosis risk programs. Through regular meetings, multiple subgroups, a national listserve and website, PEPPNET supports the development and dissemination of evidence-based best practices and evaluation standards.

Recommended Readings

  • Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Online Resource Center by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)
    Provides reliable information for practitioners, policymakers, individuals, families, and communities, to enable more widespread adoption and utilization of early intervention programming for persons at risk for or experiencing a first episode of psychosis.

  • Strong365 Online Resources
    Website guide and blog on wellness, mental health, and psychosis for teens and young adults. Showcases personal stories of finding acceptance, hope and inspiration through tough times. Strong365’s mission is to redefine seeking help as a sign of strength.

  • Thought Disorders Information Guide

  • Raising Teens: A Synthesis of Research and a Foundation for Action by A. Rae Simpson

  • Suicide Prevention Guide

  • Physician’s Desk Reference

  • Information on Addiction & Help for Young People

  • Successful and Schizophrenic By Elyn R. Saks (Article)

  • Parenting Teenagers: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Teens (STEP)
    By Don Dinkmeyer Sr.; Gary D. McKay; Joyce L. McKay; Don Dinkmeyer, Jr.

  • Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers
    By Michael Riera

  • Staying Connected to your Teenager: How to Keep Them Talking to You and How to Hear What They’re Really Saying
    By Michael Riera

  • Stop Negotiating with your Teen: Strategies for Parenting your Angry, Manipulative, Moody, or Depressed Adolescent
    By Janet Sasson Edgette

  • Coping with Schizophrenia: A Guide for Families
    By Kim Mueser and Susan Gingerich

  • Surviving Schizophrenia: A Family Manuel
    By E. Fuller Torrey

  • The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know
    By David J. Miklowitz

  • Bipolar Disorder: A Family-Focused Treatment Approach
    By David Miklowitz and Michael J. Goldstein

  • An Unquiet Mind
    By Kay Redfield Jamison