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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

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

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:


As we all work through these challenging times, it’s important to keep our minds focused on the many different acts of kindness and inspiration that are happening around the world. If your family is able to help, think about those in our community who might need assistance. Here’s a few ideas and articles to consider:  

Grief/Loss information-

Community Resources

  • Catholic charities is offering pantry pick up and most of their services are being offered through phone/email. Their resource hub can be accessed online at

  • Salvation army is offering food boxes between 8am-11am M-F. They are not currently accepting food or clothing vouchers since their stores are closed. Most of their services are still being offered face-to-face but older adults have the option to call and set up home delivery for food and supplies.

  • Children’s cabinet – offering curbside pickup of food boxes. They are offering crisis intervention services from 12p-7a M-F.

  • Community services agency is providing virtual services since their buildings are closed to the public. They can assist with unemployment applications.

  • WCSD Family Resource Center – all staff working remote except for curbside food donation pickup which is available.

  • Women and Children’s Center of the Sierras is still operating and has an open computer lab for individuals who need to access the internet. In addition, their diaper bank is still open.

  • Veteran’s services – A Veteran can call 207-830-2000 if they are in need.

  • Family Resources-

  • COVID-19 Resource List

Panelists Include:

Bill Evans, PhD: Professor of Education and Human Development, Extension Specialist for Evaluation and Youth Development, University of Nevada, Reno

Norris Durpree, PhD: Founder of Pursuing Vision, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, School Psychologist, and Marriage and Family Therapist

Katherine Loudon: Counselling Coordinator for Washoe County School District

Jacquelyn Kleinedler: Program Director for The Children’s Cabinet’s Family and Youth Intervention Department

Joshua Fitzgerald, MD: UNR School of Medicine, Assistant Professor; Fellowship Program Director

Hosted and Moderated by Erica Mirich, Executive Director of Truckee Meadows Tomorrow

This speaker series is made possible by the generous support of Renown Health Wells Fargo Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) City of Reno Government Arts and Cultural Commission OnStrategy CLA and NV Energy

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