Find helpful links, programs, information and resources addressing many of the common challenges facing young people in Stark County. If you’re ready to reach out for services, learn about common forms and applications that might be required.
Resources, parenting advice and treatment recommendations for young people suffering from anxiety.
Learn to spot different kinds of depression, and how to seek out the most effective treatment options.
Articles and guides to support people affected by anxiety and panic disorders.
Collection of articles for people of all ages struggling with depression.
Helpful resources about generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and more.
Information about depression signs, symptoms and risk factors as well as ways to cope and feel better.
Learn strategies to reduce negative outcomes for children with incarcerated parents, including poverty, poor academic performance, aggression, depression, delinquency and substance use.
Find support for parents, teachers, law enforcement, case workers, clinical professionals and more as they care for children with incarcerated parents.
Find ways to come to terms with your diagnosis and start the important journey toward self-acceptance.
Learn how to take charge and manage your illness instead of letting it rule you.
A chronic illness often affects the entire family. It’s important to find a family or couples-trained mental health provider in these cases.
With a chronic diagnosis comes feelings of stress, fear and anxiety. Find strategies to overcome these obstacles and maximize your quality of life.
An overview of simple games and activities for children with special needs.
Separate division of Little League Baseball for boys and girls with developmental disabilities. Contact Lisa Williams at (330) 265-6282 for details.
A guide for parents of young children with developmental disabilities.
Resources about guardianship and its alternatives.
Find helpful information about guardianship options and alternatives.
Golden Key is a special needs charter school serving the needs of children with Autism and other developmental disabilities, using Pre-Intervention Services and Lego Therapy.
Answers to frequently asked questions surrounding guardianship, your rights and guardianship alternatives.
Find information and resources to help you understand your child’s education supports and services.
Find answers to frequently asked questions and learn more about the process for reporting major unusual incidents.
Connect with services and supports for each stage of your child’s development.
Learn about guardianship in Ohio and ways to protect an individual’s rights, health and wellbeing.
Help encourage your child’s growth and independence with this collection of informational guides from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).
Sports training and competition for individuals ages 8 years and older who live in Stark County and are eligible for Stark DD services.
This annual one-day fun day is available for students enrolled in multihandicapped classes through the Stark County Educational Service Center and Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Learn about events throughout the year for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Our local parks system offers many accessible outdoor opportunities.
Before individuals with disabilities go out to live on their own, these are some life skills they should know.
A collection of recommendations for after-school and weekend activities for kids with developmental disabilities.
Find details for upcoming events around Stark County.
Visit your local YMCA for family-friendly, accessible events and activities.
A key to independence for people with autism.
Key markers to look for during the first year of a child’s life.
Common developmental milestones between ages 1 and 2.
Understanding the physical and cognitive development of toddlers and young children.
Learn about the social and behavioral growth of children starting school.
What to expect as children enter their school-age years.
Find help preparing for the transition to adolescence.
Information about teens and their unique needs and challenges.
Signs to look for as a young person approaches adulthood.
Articles and information to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding eating disorders.
Resources to help promote healthy body images and self-esteem.
Helpful articles and resources for friends and family of young people affected by eating disorders.
Free, confidential screenings and support for individuals struggling with an eating disorder.
Learn how the EDC is helping to raise awareness and public support for eating disorder education, prevention and treatment.
Learn about some of the most common eating disorders and ways to get involved and support someone who is struggling.
Browse blog posts, guides, recovery and training resources to help support individuals with eating disorders.
Find toolkits, brochures and articles helping to support parents and educators as they encourage healthy behaviors and recovery.
Learn what to look for if you or someone you know is struggling with anorexia, binge eating or bulimia.
Find research-based education resources, tips and ideas for families.
Resources to help guide a child’s education from preschool to graduation.
Whether you’ve made the decision to homeschool or you’re still considering the option, find resources offering help and guidance.
National education resources and information for students of all ages.
Learn about the assistance resources available for adoptive parents in Ohio as well as the eligibility and application criteria for each program.
Find rules and guidelines for individuals considering fostering or adopting a child in Ohio.
Helping parents through every step of Ohio’s adoption process.
Recommendations and guidelines to help you navigate parenthood and support your adopted child.
21 things every foster youth should know as they prepare to go out into the world as independent adults.
College fund for youth in the foster system to pursue higher education.
Helping foster youth to understand their finances and plan for successful financial futures.
Find guidance and support for young adults as they navigate the process of enlisting in the military.
Resources for work, school, housing, finances, health and legal support as young people age out of the foster system.
Helping young adults to take control of their money, so they are able to budget and thrive financially.
Tips to help foster youth prepare for money management, staying healthy, finding transportation, building relationships and more.
Learn about the challenges facing young adults aging out of foster care and solutions for a successful transition to adulthood.
Resources, parenting advice and treatment recommendations for young people suffering from trauma and grief.
Events, articles and information to help support people of all ages who are coping with grief.
Articles and guides to support people after the loss of a loved one.
Toolkits, articles and guides for grieving children as they recover from trauma and loss.
Helping people who have experienced grief and loss to find hope in recovery.
Tips for teachers to make sex education more sensitive to students who have experienced trauma.
A new perspective on how policing could help bridge the gap between law enforcement and young people with traumatic pasts.
Find tips for talking with children and youth after a disaster or traumatic event.
Learn about strategies to cope and find hope after a suicide attempt.
Helping mothers with difficult pasts connect with their children.
Investigating the long-term outcomes and mental health needs of youth and teens who have been detained in the juvenile justice system.
Help children adapt to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats and other significant sources of stress.
A robust list of resources helping youth and families navigate difficult and/or traumatic situations.
Find ways to assist survivors and families after terrorism and mass violence. Topics include counseling skills, mental health resources and stress-coping strategies.
Learn how high schools can build multi-faceted suicide prevention programs that respond to the needs and cultures of students.
Background information, guiding principles, recommendations and resources for developing culturally-competent disaster mental health services.
Information about emergency preparedness, training, disaster response, stress management and suicide prevention to help families coping with disaster.
Practical suggestions, case studies and resource guides to help professionals working with children in the wake of traumatic or disastrous events.
Find the materials behavioral health professionals need to support survivors of violence, trauma and natural disasters.
Learn ways for educators and health professionals to help members of our community manage stress before, during and after a public health crisis.
Learn about significant risk factors for survivors of trauma and adverse childhood experiences.
Discover how a study in obesity ended up uncovering important insights about childhood trauma.
A guide to healing and moving forward after emotional and psychological trauma.
Find out what happens when a child experiences severe, prolonged adversity without the support of an adult or caregiver.
Guidelines to help children and families identify, cope and heal from traumatic events.
If you experienced a childhood of abuse and/or neglect, assess your risk for future health problems.
Learn about the types of trauma from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Learn how community agencies and service providers can help address trauma through public education and awareness, prevention and early identification.
Strategies for service providers to support women with histories of abuse and trauma.
Facts, figures, news and publications collected by the International Labor Organization.
Resources to support service providers and law enforcement as they help to combat human trafficking.
Learn the basics about human trafficking, find referral sources and download helpful education guides.
Resources, legislation and information to help end human trafficking and support victims as they reclaim their freedom.
Supporting the rights of young people who have been affected by child labor, sexual exploitation or another form of human trafficking.
Statistics, news and resources collected by the International Labor Organization.
Overview, statistics and resources from the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
Overview, statistics and resources from the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
First-hand accounts of human trafficking compiled by the Huffington Post.
Hear from people around the world about their experiences with human trafficking.
In this article from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, one woman tells her powerful story of sexual exploitation, rescue and recovery.
Find reasons to immunize children and yourself.
Learn about the most common vaccines and why they’re recommended.
Find information about payment programs and affordable vaccination options.
Access the forms and paperwork required at your immunization appointment.
Get help preparing for an upcoming appointment.
Review your options and learn the reasons to vaccinate your child.
Find helpful guidance if you are planning to represent yourself in court without the help of an attorney.
Receives calls from victims of crimes relating to the LGBTQ+ community and makes reports about how the community is affected and what changes should be made.
Summer camp with the mission to provide a safe, welcoming space for transgender youth, ages 12-17.
Nonprofit LGBTQ+ youth center, providing a space for LGBTQ+ youth and allies to socialize, grow, learn and celebrate.
Find safe communities and learn about State policies throughout the U.S.
A regional not-for-profit community-based, LGBTQ+ focused healthcare system.
Northeast Ohio chapter information, news and updates.
HRC is the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization.
Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth and their allies.
National health education resources for the LGBTQ+ community.
Community center that with a mission to enrich the lives of the diverse LGBTQ+ community through advocacy, support, education and celebration.
Find resources dedicated to addressing the unique experiences of LGBTQ+ people of color.
Youth homelessness support for young people in Cincinnati.
LGBTQ clinic in Cleveland, dedicated to serving the LGBTQ community.
Comprehensive cultural competency training and technical assistance to service providers, community organizations, and law enforcement agencies across Ohio.
Youth homelessness support for young people in Columbus.
Education and advocacy to promote and improve the health, safety and quality of life for transgender individuals in Ohio.
A transgender support group that holds regular support group meetings in Cleveland and Akron that are open to everyone.
National organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
Help to dispel the myths about mental health and support efforts to stop the stigma.
Supporting students across the nation through education, information, advocacy and leadership opportunities.
Providing the right mental health services and supports to improve the lives of people affected by schizophrenia.
Encouraging awareness and understanding to help put an end to the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health.
This robust collection of resources can help provide the education, guidance and information you need to support a child affected by mental illness.
It can be difficult to know if a child is simply feeling sad, or if there is a deeper cause for concern. This checklist can help.
Learn how early relationships and experiences can help to support the mental health of young children up to 5 years old.
Promoting the mental health of all Americans through early intervention, integrated care, recovery services and more.
Learn about the different mental health conditions affecting young people today and find resources to offer guidance and support.
Grassroots organization dedicated to raising mental health awareness and connecting individuals and families with the support they need.
Education, information and support services for Stark County individuals and families affected by mental illness.
Educational information and support resources surrounding popular mental health topics.
Funding, research and treatment information to help promote mental health wellness and recovery.
SAMHSA is a leading information resource for families, mental health professionals and community advocates.
Telehealth provides video and/or telephone counseling support due to increased worry, stress, loneliness, and other factors.
Find mental health information and resources from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Learn more about the children waiting to be adopted in Stark County. The majority of the children are over the age of six and have experienced some level of abuse, neglect or loss.
Find eligibility requirements and answers to frequently asked questions.
Information for expectant parents considering adoption, birth parents and relatives, and prospective and adoptive parents on a broad range of adoption topics.
Everything you need to know before starting the foster/adoption process in Ohio.
Tips, guidelines and resources for raising happy and healthy children.
Resources to help guide a child’s education from preschool to graduation.
Information about pregnancy, mom and baby sleep habits, baby care, breastfeeding, health, physical development and more.
One-stop resource developed with parents in mind.
Safety tips and information to help families and communities keep kids out of harm’s way.
Access local resources for all things related to pregnancy and early childhood, including information about milestones and healthy beginnings.
Healthy eating tips to ensure you are receiving adequate nutrition for you and your baby.
Find dos and don’ts for eating during pregnancy.
List of foods packed with the nutrients that you and your growing baby need.
Healthy foods to support a happy and healthy pregnancy.
It’s important to support your pregnancy with a healthy body and mind.
For women struggling with postpartum depression, mental health support can help.
Learn ways to cope with depression and anxiety during pregnancy.
A healthy mind is essential for the health of your pregnancy.
Recommendations for dealing with life’s daily stresses.
Strategies to manage deadlines, expectations and pressures in the workplace.
Learn ways to work through family stresses together.
Find out more about stress, one of America’s most common mental health concerns.
Ways to accept, manage or change the way you respond in stressful situations.
Recommendations to help prevent stress from affecting your mental health.
Fun and easy activities to help reduce stress.
Tools and techniques for coping with the effects of stress.
Learn strategies to take care of yourself so you can take care of others.
Ways to prevent stress and anxiety from ruining your holiday season.
Money troubles can be extremely taxing on our mental and emotional health. Learn ways to manage the effects of financial stresses.
Learn ways to manage the unique challenges and stresses of living in a military family.
Collection of helpful heroin and opiate support resources.
Advocating for education and awareness to help influence public policies and strengthen Ohio communities.
Helping individuals, families and friends affected by mental illness to transform their experiences into grassroots advocacy campaigns.
Information about prevention, treatment and recovery resources in Ohio.
Find resources and programs to help educate the community about heroin and prescription opiate use.
Tools for students, educators and parents as they work to address our area’s increasing opiate epidemic.
Learn where to go and what to do if you or a loved is suffering from heroin or prescription opiate use.
Find information on suicide, including statistics and suicide prevention resources.
An online community dedicated to suicide prevention through education, research, advocacy and support.
Resource center for child injury, violence and suicide prevention.
Educational and awareness programs dedicated to the prevention of suicide.
Provides a variety of educational resources on suicide prevention for colleges and universities.
Information, resources and statistics about suicide, suicide risk and suicide prevention.
Latest research and resources on suicide prevention.
Services for life-affirming strategies aimed at decreasing life-threatening behaviors.
Connecting people in crisis to the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider.
Resources designed to raise suicide awareness, eliminate stigma and increase help-seeking behavior for Ohioans.
Learn strategies for opening a dialogue with your kids about suicide.
Government resource for mental health issues, treatment and programs nationwide.
Educational resources on suicide awareness and prevention.
Resources, training and programs designed to raise awareness around suicide prevention.
Suicide prevention services to LGBTQ adolescents and young adults.
Provides a variety of suicide prevention resources.