Resources

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.

Anxiety & depression

Child Mind Institute Anxiety Guide

Resources, parenting advice and treatment recommendations for young people suffering from anxiety.

Child Mind Institute Depression Guide

Learn to spot different kinds of depression, and how to seek out the most effective treatment options.

HelpGuide.org Anxiety Resources

Articles and guides to support people affected by anxiety and panic disorders.

HelpGuide.org Depression Resources

Collection of articles for people of all ages struggling with depression.

National Institute of Mental Health Anxiety Overview

Helpful resources about generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and more.

National Institute of Mental Health Depression Overview

Information about depression signs, symptoms and risk factors as well as ways to cope and feel better.

Bullying

Scouts for Equality

A comprehensive list of links to resources on anti-bullying.

Stopbullying.gov

Get resources on how to effectively prevent and stand up to bullying.

Violence Prevention Works

Learn more about the OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Program for safer schools.

Child custody

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Learn strategies to reduce negative outcomes for children with incarcerated parents, including poverty, poor academic performance, aggression, depression, delinquency and substance use.

Youth.gov

Find support for parents, teachers, law enforcement, case workers, clinical professionals and more as they care for children with incarcerated parents.

Debilitating illnesses

6 Tips for Coping with a Debilitating Disease

Find ways to come to terms with your diagnosis and start the important journey toward self-acceptance.

10 Steps for Coping with a Chronic Condition

Learn how to take charge and manage your illness instead of letting it rule you.

Battling the Stress of Coping with Chronic Illness

With a chronic diagnosis comes feelings of stress, fear and anxiety. Find strategies to overcome these obstacles and maximize your quality of life.

Developmental disabilities

Canton Challengers Baseball League

Separate division of Little League Baseball for boys and girls with developmental disabilities. Contact Lisa Williams at (330) 265-6282 for details.

First Steps

A guide for parents of young children with developmental disabilities.

Guardianship and Alternatives for Decision-Making Support

Find helpful information about guardianship options and alternatives.

Guardianship and Its Alternatives

Because guardianship limits a person’s rights to make their own decisions, all other options should be exhausted before appointing a guardian. Learn about your options.

Guardianship Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions surrounding guardianship, your rights and guardianship alternatives.

Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education

Find information and resources to help you understand your child’s education supports and services.

MUI Family Handbook

Find answers to frequently asked questions and learn more about the process for reporting major unusual incidents.

Navigation Tool

Connect with services and supports for each stage of your child’s development.

Ohio Guardianship Guide

Learn about guardianship in Ohio and ways to protect an individual’s rights, health and wellbeing.

Resources for Individuals & Families

Help encourage your child’s growth and independence with this collection of informational guides from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).

Stark County Board of DD Special Olympics 

Sports training and competition for individuals ages 8 years and older who live in Stark County and are eligible for Stark DD services.

Stark County Exceptional Olympics

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.

Stark DD Events Calendar

Learn about events throughout the year for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Stark Parks

Our local parks system offers many accessible outdoor opportunities.

Teaching Life Skills to the Intellectually Disabled

Before individuals with disabilities go out to live on their own, these are some life skills they should know.

The Best Activities for Kids with Special Needs

A collection of recommendations for after-school and weekend activities for kids with developmental disabilities.

Visit Canton

Find details for upcoming events around Stark County.

YMCA Stark County

Visit your local YMCA for family-friendly, accessible events and activities.

Daily Living Skills

A key to independence for people with autism.

Development guides

For newborns (birth to 1)

Key markers to look for during the first year of a child’s life.

For infants (1 to 2)

Common developmental milestones between ages 1 and 2.

For toddlers (2 to 3)

Understanding the physical and cognitive development of toddlers and young children.

For preschoolers (3 to 5)

Learn about the social and behavioral growth of children starting school.

For 6 to 8-year olds

What to expect as children enter their school-age years.

For 9 to 11-year olds

Find help preparing for the transition to adolescence.

For young teens (12 to 14)

Information about teens and their unique needs and challenges.

For teenagers (15 to 17)

Signs to look for as a young person approaches adulthood.

Eating disorders

Academy for Eating Disorders

Educational resources for parents, patients and mental health professionals.

Alliance for Eating Disorder Awareness

Articles and information to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding eating disorders.

Binge Eating Disorder Association

Research, studies and recommended reading to help educate and start a conversation about binge eating disorder.

Body Image

Resources to help promote healthy body images and self-esteem.

Child Mind Institute

Helpful articles and resources for friends and family of young people affected by eating disorders.

Contact Helpline

Free, confidential screenings and support for individuals struggling with an eating disorder.

Eating Disorders Coalition

Learn how the EDC is helping to raise awareness and public support for eating disorder education, prevention and treatment.

Having Eating Disorders

Learn about some of the most common eating disorders and ways to get involved and support someone who is struggling.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Related Disorders

Browse blog posts, guides, recovery and training resources to help support individuals with eating disorders.

National Eating Disorder Association

Find toolkits, brochures and articles helping to support parents and educators as they encourage healthy behaviors and recovery.

The National Association for Males with Eating Disorders

Collection of research, articles and educational resources intended to support males affected with eating disorders.

What to Look For

Learn what to look for if you or someone you know is struggling with anorexia, binge eating or bulimia.

Education

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Find research-based education resources, tips and ideas for families.

Ohio Department of Education Parenting Guide

Resources to help guide a child’s education from preschool to graduation.

Online Homeschooling Resources

Whether you’ve made the decision to homeschool or you’re still considering the option, find resources offering help and guidance.

U.S. Department of Education Resources for Parents

National education resources and information for students of all ages.

Foster & adoption

Adoption Subsidies Guide

Learn about the assistance resources available for adoptive parents in Ohio as well as the eligibility and application criteria for each program.

How to Adopt and Foster in Ohio

Find rules and guidelines for individuals considering fostering or adopting a child in Ohio.

Ohio Adoption Guide

Helping parents through every step of Ohio’s adoption process.

Parenting After Adoption

Recommendations and guidelines to help you navigate parenthood and support your adopted child.

21 Things: It’s T Time

21 things every foster youth should know as they prepare to go out into the world as independent adults.

Foster Care to Success

College fund for youth in the foster system to pursue higher education.

Financial Empowerment Toolkit

Helping foster youth to understand their finances and plan for successful financial futures.

I’m Getting Ready for My Next Move – Into Adulthood!

Supporting young adults as they transition out of foster care and prepare for safety and success in adulthood.

Joining the Military

Find guidance and support for young adults as they navigate the process of enlisting in the military.

Know Before You Go

Resources for work, school, housing, finances, health and legal support as young people age out of the foster system.

Telling Your Money What to Do

Helping young adults to take control of their money, so they are able to budget and thrive financially.

 Things People Never Told Me

Tips to help foster youth prepare for money management, staying healthy, finding transportation, building relationships and more.

Young Adults Formerly in the Foster System

Learn about the challenges facing young adults aging out of foster care and solutions for a successful transition to adulthood.

Grief & trauma

Child Mind Institute Trauma and Grief Guide

Resources, parenting advice and treatment recommendations for young people suffering from trauma and grief.

Grief.com

Events, articles and information to help support people of all ages who are coping with grief.

HelpGuide.org Grief Resources

Articles and guides to support people after the loss of a loved one.

National Alliance for Grieving Children

Toolkits, articles and guides for grieving children as they recover from trauma and loss.

Open to Hope

Helping people who have experienced grief and loss to find hope in recovery.

5 Tips for Providing Trauma-Informed Sex Education

Tips for teachers to make sex education more sensitive to students who have experienced trauma.

Child Trauma and its Effects: Implications for Police

A new perspective on how policing could help bridge the gap between law enforcement and young people with traumatic pasts.

Coping with traumatic events

Find tips for talking with children and youth after a disaster or traumatic event.

Handbook for Recovery after a Suicide Attempt

Learn about strategies to cope and find hope after a suicide attempt.

Improving Attachment Between Mothers and Children

Helping mothers with difficult pasts connect with their children.

Juvenile Justice Bulletin

Investigating the long-term outcomes and mental health needs of youth and teens who have been detained in the juvenile justice system.

Resilience guide for parents and teachers

Help children adapt to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats and other significant sources of stress.

Students, schools and trauma

A robust list of resources helping youth and families navigate difficult and/or traumatic situations.

Mental health response to mass violence and terrorism

Find ways to assist survivors and families after terrorism and mass violence. Topics include counseling skills, mental health resources and stress-coping strategies.

Preventing suicide: a toolkit for high schools

Learn how high schools can build multi-faceted suicide prevention programs that respond to the needs and cultures of students.

Developing cultural competence in disaster mental health programs

Background information, guiding principles, recommendations and resources for developing culturally-competent disaster mental health services.

Disaster Behavioral Health Preparedness and Response Resources

Information about emergency preparedness, training, disaster response, stress management and suicide prevention to help families coping with disaster.

Psychosocial Issues for Children and Adolescents in Disasters

Practical suggestions, case studies and resource guides to help professionals working with children in the wake of traumatic or disastrous events.

Disaster kit

Find the materials behavioral health professionals need to support survivors of violence, trauma and natural disasters.

A guide to managing stress in crisis response professions

Learn ways for educators and health professionals to help members of our community manage stress before, during and after a public health crisis.

Adverse Childhood Experiences  

Learn about significant risk factors for survivors of trauma and adverse childhood experiences.

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

Discover how a study in obesity ended up uncovering important insights about childhood trauma.

Emotional and Psychological Trauma

A guide to healing and moving forward after emotional and psychological trauma.

Excessive Stress Disrupts the Architecture of the Developing Brain

Find out what happens when a child experiences severe, prolonged adversity without the support of an adult or caregiver.

Helping Young Children and Families Cope with Trauma

Guidelines to help children and families identify, cope and heal from traumatic events.

Take the ACE Quiz

If you experienced a childhood of abuse and/or neglect, assess your risk for future health problems.

Types of Traumatic Experiences

Learn about the types of trauma from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach 

Learn how community agencies and service providers can help address trauma through public education and awareness, prevention and early identification.

Trauma-Informed Approaches: Federal Activities and Initiatives

Strategies for service providers to support women with histories of abuse and trauma.

Human trafficking

Child Labor Guide

Facts, figures, news and publications collected by the International Labor Organization.

Human Trafficking Task Force Outreach Toolkit

Resources to support service providers and law enforcement as they help to combat human trafficking.

National Human Trafficking Hotline Resources

Learn the basics about human trafficking, find referral sources and download helpful education guides.

Polaris Project

Resources, legislation and information to help end human trafficking and support victims as they reclaim their freedom.

Stark County Family Court

Supporting the rights of young people who have been affected by child labor, sexual exploitation or another form of human trafficking.

World Report on Child Labor

Read about the results, progress and challenges faced worldwide in the fight to end child labor.

Forced Labor, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking 

Statistics, news and resources collected by the International Labor Organization.

Human Trafficking Task Force Outreach Toolkit

Resources to support service providers and law enforcement as they help to combat human trafficking.

Labor Trafficking Guide

Overview, statistics and resources from the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

Sex Trafficking

Overview, statistics and resources from the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

Human Trafficking Survivors Open Up About Horrors

First-hand accounts of human trafficking compiled by the Huffington Post.

Equality Now Trafficking Survivor Stories

Hear from people around the world about their experiences with human trafficking.

Human Trafficking Victim Shares Her Story

In this article from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, one woman tells her powerful story of sexual exploitation, rescue and recovery.

Immunizations

Why Immunize?

Find reasons to immunize children and yourself.

Vaccines: The Basics

Learn about the most common vaccines and why they’re recommended.

Help Paying for Vaccines

Find information about payment programs and affordable vaccination options.

Vaccine Records and Requirements

Access the forms and paperwork required at your immunization appointment.

Your Child’s Vaccine Visit

Get help preparing for an upcoming appointment.

Making the Decision to Vaccinate

Review your options and learn the reasons to vaccinate your child.

Legal assistance

Representing yourself in court

Find helpful guidance if you are planning to represent yourself in court without the help of an attorney.

LGBTQ+

Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO)

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.

Equality Maps

Find safe communities and learn about State policies throughout the U.S.

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, Inc.

Northeast Ohio chapter information, news and updates.

Kaleidoscope Youth Center

Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth and their allies.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health

National health education resources for the LGBTQ+ community.

LGBT People of Color

Find resources dedicated to addressing the unique experiences of LGBTQ+ people of color.

Light House Youth & Family Services

Youth homelessness support for young people in Cincinnati.

Safe Zone

Comprehensive cultural competency training and technical assistance to service providers, community organizations, and law enforcement agencies across Ohio.

Star House Columbus

Youth homelessness support for young people in Columbus.

Trans Ohio

Education and advocacy to promote and improve the health, safety and quality of life for transgender individuals in Ohio.

Mental health

7 Myths About Children’s Mental Health

Help to dispel the myths about mental health and support efforts to stop the stigma.

Active Minds

Supporting students across the nation through education, information, advocacy and leadership opportunities.

Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center 

Providing the right mental health services and supports to improve the lives of people affected by schizophrenia.

Bring Change to Mind

Encouraging awareness and understanding to help put an end to the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health.

Child Mind Institute Topics A-Z

This robust collection of resources can help provide the education, guidance and information you need to support a child affected by mental illness.

Children’s Depression Checklist

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.

Early Childhood Mental Health

Learn how early relationships and experiences can help to support the mental health of young children up to 5 years old.

Mental Health America

Promoting the mental health of all Americans through early intervention, integrated care, recovery services and more.

MentalHealth.gov

Learn about the different mental health conditions affecting young people today and find resources to offer guidance and support.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Grassroots organization dedicated to raising mental health awareness and connecting individuals and families with the support they need.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Stark County

Education, information and support services for Stark County individuals and families affected by mental illness.

National Institute of Mental Health

Educational information and support resources surrounding popular mental health topics.

Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services

Funding, research and treatment information to help promote mental health wellness and recovery.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SAMHSA is a leading information resource for families, mental health professionals and community advocates.

Treatment of Children with Mental Illness

Find mental health information and resources from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Parenting

About the Children Waiting to be Adopted

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.

Becoming a Foster Care or Adoptive Parent

Find eligibility requirements and answers to frequently asked questions.

Child Welfare Information Gateway Adoption Resources

Information for expectant parents considering adoption, birth parents and relatives, and prospective and adoptive parents on a broad range of adoption topics.

Ohio Foster and Adoption Guidelines

Everything you need to know before starting the foster/adoption process in Ohio.

HealthyChildren.org

Tips, guidelines and resources for raising happy and healthy children.

Ohio Department of Education Parenting Guide

Resources to help guide a child’s education from preschool to graduation.

Ohio Department of Health Parents & Caregivers Guide

Information about pregnancy, mom and baby sleep habits, baby care, breastfeeding, health, physical development and more.

Parent Toolkit

One-stop resource developed with parents in mind.

Safe Kids Worldwide

Safety tips and information to help families and communities keep kids out of harm’s way.

Pregnancy

American Pregnancy Association Diet During Pregnancy Guide

Healthy eating tips to ensure you are receiving adequate nutrition for you and your baby.

Babycenter.com Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Find dos and don’ts for eating during pregnancy.

Parents.com 15 Pregnancy Power Foods

List of foods packed with the nutrients that you and your growing baby need.

Babycenter.com 10 Best Foods for Pregnancy

Healthy foods to support a happy and healthy pregnancy.

9 Things Every Woman Should Know About Mental Health During Pregnancy

It’s important to support your pregnancy with a healthy body and mind.

Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health

For women struggling with postpartum depression, mental health support can help.

Depression During Pregnancy and Postpartum

Learn ways to cope with depression and anxiety during pregnancy.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health During Pregnancy

A healthy mind is essential for the health of your pregnancy.

Stress management

5 Tips to Help Manage Stress  

Recommendations for dealing with life’s daily stresses.

Coping with Stress at Work

Strategies to manage deadlines, expectations and pressures in the workplace.

Managing Stress for a Healthy Family  

Learn ways to work through family stresses together.

Stress in America

Find out more about stress, one of America’s most common mental health concerns.

Stress Tip Sheet

Quick tips for managing stress.

Coping with Stress Checklist

Ways to accept, manage or change the way you respond in stressful situations.

Stress Guide

Recommendations to help prevent stress from affecting your mental health.

7 Ways to Help You De-Stress

Fun and easy activities to help reduce stress.

Managing Stress

Tools and techniques for coping with the effects of stress.

Taking Care of Yourself

Learn strategies to take care of yourself so you can take care of others.

Tips for Managing the Holiday Blues

Ways to prevent stress and anxiety from ruining your holiday season.

Economic Stress

Money troubles can be extremely taxing on our mental and emotional health. Learn ways to manage the effects of financial stresses.

Military and Veteran Families and Children

Learn ways to manage the unique challenges and stresses of living in a military family.

Stress Management

Self-help strategies to help prevent, manage and reduce your stress.

Substance use

Community & Family Resources

Collection of helpful heroin and opiate support resources.

Facing Addiction Advocacy & Action Agenda

Advocacy action plan to help address issues related to substance use and addiction.

Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition

Advocating for education and awareness to help influence public policies and strengthen Ohio communities.

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy

Helping individuals, families and friends affected by mental illness to transform their experiences into grassroots advocacy campaigns.

Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services

Information about prevention, treatment and recovery resources in Ohio.

Opiate Resources

Find resources and programs to help educate the community about heroin and prescription opiate use.

Opiate Toolkit

Tools for students, educators and parents as they work to address our area’s increasing opiate epidemic.

Stark Heroin Epidemic

Learn where to go and what to do if you or a loved is suffering from heroin or prescription opiate use.

Suicide prevention

American Association of Suicidology (AAS)

Find information on suicide, including statistics and suicide prevention resources.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

An online community dedicated to suicide prevention through education, research, advocacy and support.

Children’s Safety Network (CSN)

Resource center for child injury, violence and suicide prevention.

Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S)

Provides latest research and resources as well as online training on suicide prevention.

Jason Foundation

Educational and awareness programs dedicated to the prevention of suicide.

The Jed Foundation

Provides a variety of educational resources on suicide prevention for colleges and universities.

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)

Information, resources and statistics about suicide, suicide risk and suicide prevention.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Latest research and resources on suicide prevention.

National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide

Services for life-affirming strategies aimed at decreasing life-threatening behaviors.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Connecting people in crisis to the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider.

Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation

Resources designed to raise suicide awareness, eliminate stigma and increase help-seeking behavior for Ohioans.

Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery

Learn strategies for opening a dialogue with your kids about suicide.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Government resource for mental health issues, treatment and programs nationwide.

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)

Educational resources on suicide awareness and prevention.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

Resources, training and programs designed to raise awareness around suicide prevention.

Trevor Helpline

Suicide prevention services to LGBTQ adolescents and young adults.

Yellow Ribbon

Provides a variety of suicide prevention resources.