Children’s mental health: Here’s how to get help

ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida organizations are dedicating their efforts to helping local children and young teens deal with a building mental health crisis.

From cyberbullying to the pressures from social media, community efforts are underway to help those struggling get the help they need before it’s too late.


We’re laying out the different ways you can help your children and the many resources available now in the 9 Family Connection special “A Cry for Help.”

You can watch it on Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m. on WFTV Channel 9.

READ: How to watch the 9 Family Connection special ‘A Cry for Help’

Below is information on three different organizations providing help to children struggling with their mental health:

Ali’s Hope Foundation

The mission of Ali’s Hope Foundation is to promote recovery and improve the quality of life for adolescents and young adults living with mental health concerns through education, support and advocacy. Click here to learn more.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Orlando

NAMI Greater Orlando is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and supporting families affected by mental illness through education, support and advocacy. Read more about the organization’s efforts here.

READ: Mental health advocates celebrate progress in Tallahassee

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States. It can be reached by calling 1-800-273-8255. Read more here.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson,

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.