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Resource List: Stigma, Suicide, and Solutions to Our Youth Mental Health Crisis

Updated: May 11, 2021

Did you know that children and teenagers have far less access to mental health and substance abuse services in Nevada than in most other states? And that Mental Health America ranked Nevada 51st among states in seven categories of youths at risk? Psychological and emotional disturbances, substance abuse disorders, major depressive episodes and  suicide rates are on the rise statewide. Learn what is what is being done to battle this growing issue. 

Please use this list of incredible local, regional, and national resources to help you and your loved ones navigate mental health concerns.

You do not need to go it alone.


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Washoe County School District Counselling Office

Counseling and School Social Work WCSD Spanish:

Emergency Services:

For emergencies, call 9-1-1.

For non-emergencies:

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office at 775-328-3001

City of Reno Police at 775-324-2121

City of Sparks Police at 775-353-2231.  

Crisis Support Services of Nevada - It is normal to feel anxious at times like this. If you or someone you know is struggling and needs help, call 1 (800) 273-8255 or the local number 775-784-8090, text LISTEN to 839863 or check out our website at Crisis Support Services of Nevada’s staff and volunteers are here 24/7/365. You matter. 

Nevada 211 - Find help 24/7 by dialing 2-1-1; texting 898-211 or visiting

Mobile Crisis Response Team – Call 775-688-1670 or visit

Northern Nevada Child and Adolescent Services (NNCAS): NNCAS is a Community-Based Outpatient Mental Health Clinic associated with the Division of Child and Family Services. Their number is 775-688-1600. They offer a variety of services including psychiatry and therapy services.  UNR-Med’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow’s see uninsured patients ages 11-17 for psychiatric services at NNCAS.

Office of Suicide Prevention - 

The Children’s Cabinet - Youth and Family Programs

Children's Cabinet Family & Youth Interventions (FYI) Department provides programs related to truancy, tutoring, youth employment, community service, case management, and counseling.

Youth Education & Training includes information about the Redfield Academy, Cabinet Ink, Washoe Youth Build, The Youth Collaboratory, community education, and re-engagement center.

Youth Programs includes information about programs for runaway and homeless youth, foster care youth, suicide, youth leadership and the  Safe Place program.

Family Programs includes information about case management, family counseling, food pantries, and additional resources.

SAFEVOICE, For STUDENTS Use the SAFEVOICE App or log onto, select your school, select event type or concern type or you may call the hotline at 1-833-216-7233 

Community Health Alliance -  Information for those families that need health care but don’t have the funds. 775.329.6300

Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation (Unemployment services) - File for unemployment online at Call centers have extended their hours and can assist people from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Northern Nevada: 775-684-0350. Rural areas in Nevada and out-of-state residents: 888-890-8211 

Norris Dupree: Pursuing Vision

Private counselling and support services for at-risk and in crisis youth

Now Matters Now -

Substance Abuse Resources

National Drug Helpline offers 24/7 drug and alcohol help to those struggling with addiction.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a free, confidential 24/7, 365 day a year treatment, referral and information service 1-800-622-HELP (4357)  Substance Abuse Help Line- If you or someone you know has questions or concerns about substance abuse, please call the Help Line at (775) 825-HELP (4357), or toll-free: 1 (800) 450-9530. The Substance Abuse Help Line is a free, confidential, 24-hour-a-day phone line staffed by Crisis Call Center and available to residents throughout Nevada. Callers are provided with support and referrals to substance abuse treatment resources throughout the state. This service is made possible through a partnership with Join Together Northern Nevada, A Community Partnership Against Substance Abuse .

Medical Resources

Emotional Resources

Talking to your Kids about Coronavirus:    

Family Wellness, Social and Emotional Learning and Mental Health:

Parents, Invest in Self-Care

Psychological First Aid training  Please contact for training information. 

Behavior help hotline

Washoe County School District behavior teams (general and special education) will be available via email or phone to support families and/or staff with behavioral needs. Please encourage families to reach out for individualized supports if they are struggling with setting up routines or schedules, behavioral challenges, etc. Contact information is below, as well as posted on the Distance Learning family communication website, as well as MTSS and Special Education. Please feel free to distribute widely.


Phone: 775-337-7566

Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health

American Telehealth Association

National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers

Bias, Discrimination and Racism:

Teaching Tolerance’s article for speaking up against discrimination.