Resources for Children's Mental Health

Kids’ Minds Matter does not provide direct mental health therapy or care. Children or adults experiencing a medical or mental health emergency should contact 911 or go to the closest emergency room immediately. The following hotlines may also provide support.

National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Dial 988

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National Suicide
Prevention Lifeline
SAMHSA's National Helpline for Kids' Minds Matter
National helpline
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The Center for Progress and
Excellence Mobile Crisis Unit:
(Lee, Hendry, Glades,
Collier & Charlotte Counties)

Kids' Minds Matter Partners

Kids’ Minds Matter focuses on raising awareness and funds for increased mental and behavioral healthcare for children in Southwest Florida. To help our community in need of resources, Kids’ Minds Matter connects you with partners throughout the region offering a range of mental health services. These organizations are prepared to support parents and children when mental health issues such as depression, anxiety or trauma arise. You are not alone!

Kid-Focused Resources

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Andrew’s Anthem

Andrew’s Anthem, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was founded to teach young people, ages 10-24, how to manage stress, practice self-compassion and connect with others in a healthy way. Its mission is to create a community of support, a space of non- judgement and connection and equip youth and young adults with the skills they need to navigate challenges in life. It offers programs that provide coping skills and resilience strategies; mainly focusing on creating community, mindfulness practices, creative expression, connection with nature and acts of service.
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Avow Kids

The Avow Kids program, designed for children ages 5-17, provides support and companionship to children who are grieving from the loss of a parent, sibling, friend, or relative through illness, accident, deportation, suicide, or homicide. Additionally, Avow Kids helps children process and heal from other types of loss, including divorce, incarceration, instability in the foster care system, and deployed parents and family members.
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Collier County Public Schools

The School District of Collier County serves more than 48,000 students by providing exceptional educational opportunities that motivate and engage each student. In addition to online learning resources, both school-based crisis intervention and therapeutic support are available. The School District of Collier County also provides mental health resources, referrals, coordination and collaboration with outside services providers.
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FSU College of Medicine Center for Child Stress & Health

Located at the Immokalee Health Education Site, the Center for Child Stress & Health was established at the Florida State University College of Medicine to provide resources to families and health care providers related to the treatment and prevention of toxic stress during childhood. The mission of the Center for Child Stress & Health is to provide clinical resource for patients, families and providers that will provide primary, secondary and tertiary health prevention for children exposed to toxic stress, especially those in rural and minority and underserved communities in Florida.
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Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida

A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Healthy Start of Southwest Florida has served Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties since 1992. Healthy Start’s Help Me Grow program is designed to address the need for early identification of developmental and behavioral concerns in children ages 0 to 8. Children and their families will become connected to community-based developmental and behavioral services and supports. You can call 2-1-1 and ask for Help Me Grow, or contact Healthy Start directly at (239) 425-6931.
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Hope Kids Care

While known for children’s grief counseling, Hope Kids Care counselors also help children living with serious illness to cope with many complex emotions. They support their siblings too. Free of charge one-on-one sessions take place at home, school or at Hope.
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Lee Health

Lee Physician Group’s Pediatric Behavioral Health specializes in emotional, cognitive, and behavioral conditions affecting children and adolescents from ages 5 to 21. Accepts private insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid. Additional information about billing:
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Pace Center for Girls – Lee County

This nonprofit supports young women in grades 6 to 12, who are struggling and have experienced some form of trauma, to develop critical life, health and academic skills. Through counseling, comprehensive assessments and goal planning, Pace can help girls improve their grades, develop strong life skills in a safe and supportive environment, get along better with friends and family, and plan for a productive future. All services are provided at no cost to girls or their families and caregivers by strengths-based, gender-responsive, trauma-informed teaching staff. Credit retrieval is available if needed.
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Patty’s Place

Patty’s Place Concierge Youth Mental Health Care is a resource hub that provides support for youth ages 10 – 26 and their families. They develop support plans, offer guidance, and provide monitoring of an individual’s progress. If additional long-term support is recommended or specialty care is required, they ensure that families get connected to the appropriate community providers.
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Valerie’s House

With locations in Fort Myers, Naples, and Punta Gorda, Valerie’s House is a special place where children connect with one another and learn the tools to heal after they have experienced the death of someone they love. Valerie’s House programs also support parents and caregivers as they cope with the loss of a spouse or child. They provide group support programs at no cost.
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The mission of Visuality is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of the LGBTQ+ communities and our allies by providing activities, programs, educational events, and services that create community, empower community members, provide essential resources, advocate for civil and human rights; and embrace, promote and support our cultural diversity. Visuality partners with Kids’ Minds Matter to offer a free LGBTQ+ Youth Peer Support Group, held weekly for youth ages 13-17.

Family-Focused Partners

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Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center

The mission of the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center is to provide educational, informational, and supportive resources for individuals and caregivers coping with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments. Its Caregiver Support Groups allow caregivers to learn effective coping strategies, share their current challenges and successes with others who are facing similar situations, and create a safe space to release their feelings in a loving and understanding environment. All groups are facilitated by a Certified Dementia Support Group Facilitator.

Beyond Barriers, Inc.

For more than 20 years, Beyond Barriers has provided local counseling services to help their clients overcome a variety of challenges and obstacles. In addition to anger management and substance counseling, its licensed therapists offer individual, couples, parenting and family counseling. Beyond Barriers is also certified through the Nurturing Parenting Program, National Anger Management Association and the Florida Certification Board.
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Centerstone Community Action Team (CAT)

The Community Action Team (CAT) is a multi-disciplinary clinical team that provides comprehensive, intensive community-based treatment to families with youth and young adults, ages 11-18, with expanded services up to age 21. These individuals are at risk of out-of-home placement due to mental health, a co-occurring disorder or related complex issues for whom traditional services are not, or have not, been adequate. By utilizing a holistic approach, the CAT Team will arrange or provide all services needed, such as individual and family counseling, medication therapy, psychological testing and respite services.
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Central Florida Behavioral Health Network, Inc.

CFBHN is a not for profit 501 (c) (3) corporation and a CARF International Accredited Services Management Network organization* contracting with community service organizations to provide a full array of publicly funded mental health and substance abuse services in the SunCoast counties of Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota. Services include acute care, residential treatment, housing, medical, outpatient, recovery support, and prevention. *CARF is the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
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Children’s Advocacy Center of SWFL

Founded in 1981, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida (CAC) provides a coordinated response to child victims of abuse and neglect while improving the lives of at-risk children and their families through prevention services. One of the largest children’s advocacy centers in the state of Florida, CAC offers therapeutic counseling, forensic interviews, parenting education and prevention programs in Lee, Hendry, Glades and Charlotte Counties. With accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance, CAC also assesses and treats children believed to have been physically or sexually abused, or at risk of abuse.
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Chrysalis Health

Chrysalis Health is proud to be one of the leading providers of behavioral healthcare services for children, adolescents, adults and families throughout Florida. With a diverse, multi-disciplinary team of more than 1,000 staff, the organization is well-equipped to provide services in the areas of substance use and mental health, targeting case management, outpatient services and in-home, onsite counseling. Telehealth services are also available.
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David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health

David Lawrence Centers is a not-for-profit provider of behavioral health solutions that are focused on creating life-saving and life-changing wellness for adults and children. The center offers treatment to individuals suffering from mental health, psychological, emotional, and substance use challenges. David Lawrence Center accepts most major insurance plans. If you have insurance, but the Center is considered an out-of-network provider or our services are not covered on your plan, discounts may be available to you. Because insurance coverage and reimbursement for mental health and substance use treatment can be complex, we encourage you to let our skillful admission staff work with you and your insurance company directly to determine your eligibility. David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC) serves all clients regardless of inability to pay. Discounts for essential services are offered based on family size and income. For more information, please call (239) 491-7602 or visit our Fees and Insurance page:
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Elite DNA Therapy Services

Elite DNA Therapy Services provides mental health services for adults, children and families to help them build happier and healthier lives. This provider can provide specialized transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), in addition to traditional applied behavior analysis; occupational, speech and language therapy; and mental health services. Virtual care appointments are available.
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Florida Gulf Coast University

FGCU’s Community Counseling Center provides counseling and consulting services to Southwest Florida residents, filling a community need for greater access to mental and behavioral health services for individuals of all ages, regardless of socioeconomic status. The center can help improve lives affected by depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship and family functioning, career and life transitions, school performance, and parenting challenges. The fee is $25 an hour or whatever you make an hour – whichever is less. No insurance is accepted.
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Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

For more than 70 years, Hazelden Betty Ford treatment centers have been at the forefront of providing lifesaving, compassionate care and specialized services to help people from all walks of life find freedom from addiction. Beyond inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment programs, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation offers the field’s most innovative recovery support services and resources including virtual and phone-based coaching, web tools, mobile apps, Hazelden Publishing self-help books and more. Hazelden Betty Ford’s drug and alcohol treatment services are in-network with most insurance carriers.
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Healthcare Network

Healthcare Network uses an integrated care model, which allows patients to receive behavioral health services when they visit for adult, pediatric and women’s care services. Healthcare Network accepts most insurance and provides payment assistance in the form of a Sliding Fee Scale.
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Healthy Minds

The Healthy Lee Behavioral Health Coalition’s initiative, Healthy Minds, can provide you with valuable resources and support as you cope with your own unique challenges. The website provides resources for resilience, support and wellbeing; events and community screening; and a free resiliency toolkit.
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Hope Clubhouse

Hope Clubhouse is a community of support for adults living with a mental illness which provides opportunities for paid employment and access to education, housing and wellness. The Clubhouse is a healing and mentoring environment for persons who have had their lives drastically disrupted by mental illness and need the support of others who believe that recovery is possible.
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Hope Healthcare

Professional counselors provide compassionate bereavement support at no charge to people of all ages in Southwest Florida. A variety of adult grief groups make for an inclusive and comfortable experience. Children’s grief counselors help children who are coping with complex emotions after loss. In gentle, often play-filled sessions, we personalize our therapy to reflect each child’s abilities and unique communication style. With our guidance, kids will be able to express their thoughts, feelings, and emotions in an age-appropriate way. Children ages 6-17 may also benefit from the special opportunities available at Rainbow Trails Camp.

Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County

The Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County was created in 1989 to support the planning, delivery and coordination of high-quality services to the hungry, the homeless, and those at risk of homelessness in Collier County. The Coalition also works collaboratively with local social service agencies, consumer advocates and volunteers to identify gaps in services and coordinate the development of programs to address unmet needs, with the goal of prevention and rapid rehousing from homelessness.

NAMI Collier County HUGS Program

The Health Under Guided Systems (HUGS) is a no cost, community-based, children’s behavioral health program by NAMI Collier County. HUGS provides bilingual mental health screenings for children, global family centered analysis, parenting support and resources, advocacy, and referrals to facilitate early identification and access to care. In this way, HUGS reduces typical barriers that may otherwise be present in preventing a family from receiving the help they so desperately need.

NAMI Lee, Charlotte and Hendry Counties

Located in Fort Myers, NAMI Lee, Charlotte and Hendry Counties (NAMI LCH) addresses mental health needs in the Southwest Florida community, seeking to replace stigma with understanding and to help thousands of families and individuals each year. In addition to public education and ongoing outreach about mental health, mental illness and resources, they also offer crisis intervention team training. Families and individuals may also benefit from NAMI LCH-led support groups, education classes and mental health first aid for adults, youth and public safety personnel.
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Park Royal Behavioral Health Services

An in-patient hospital for addiction and mental health disorders, Park Royal Hospital is a private free-standing 114-bed psychiatric hospital that provides life-changing care for adults 18 years and older and senior adults. Inpatient and outpatient treatment are provided for depression, anxiety, mood disorders, memory problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental illnesses as well as co-occurring substance abuse disorders. Call for free insurance verification.
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Providence Family Life Center

A 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Providence Family Life Center’s mission is to assist individuals and their families in reaching their fullest potential. To accomplish this, the center provides behavioral health assessment, trauma-focused counseling, wellness education, and access to supportive services such as housing and SOAR assisted disability applications for children.
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SalusCare is a Fort Myers, Florida based not-for-profit mental health and substance abuse service provider incorporated in 2013 after the merger of Lee Mental Health Center and Southwest Florida Addiction Services (SWFAS). SalusCare has seven locations to serve you throughout Southwest Florida. Our fees are affordable and may be adjusted to the means of our patients based on household income. SalusCare accepts Medicaid, Medicare, Visa, MasterCard and some major health insurance providers. Please call us beforehand to verify that your insurance is accepted. SalusCare provides services for all regardless of disability or handicap. Accommodations will be provided upon request. All substance abuse programs and most mental health services are accredited by CARF International, an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services.

Samaritan Health & Wellness

State licensed professionals address various emotional and behavioral symptoms of distress including, but not limited to depression, anxiety, grief, spiritual issues, and substance abuse. Counselors and primary health care providers use best practices to provide the most appropriate holistic treatment plan to meet your needs. This dedicated team of providers offers the following services: Addiction Services, Mental Health Counseling and Prevention Groups.
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United Way

United Way 211 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. English and Spanish languages are readily available. United Way 211 is a free 24-hour non-emergency helpline that exists to help people navigate their way through the maze of human and social service agencies in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties by providing the most adequate resources for the client’s situation. To speak with one of our Community Resource Specialists please dial 2-1-1 or 239-433-3900.
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