Here at Bumkins, we know raising littles is by far one of the toughest jobs there is. As parents, we are our children's first teachers. Asking for help and normalizing the practice of self-care and self-love leads to a healthier emotional climate and encourages littles to develop habits of kindness toward themselves and others.

That's why together with Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation and their team of trusted mental health experts, we have compiled resources specific to the challenges that arise with raising and caring for children.


Support and Resources

Check out the list below to find help lines and chat services, useful information, and other resources that can help you navigate the issue you’re facing.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call emergency services (911 in the U.S., 999 in the U.K.).

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline /
1 800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line /
US: Text HOME to 741741 / Canada: Text 686868

Emergency /
Dial 9-1-1

Parent, Guardian, + Caregiver Based Hotlines

Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

In times of crisis, text HOME to 741741 to reach the National Crisis Text Line, or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and Website at 1-800-273-8255. Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. / visit the website /

National Parent Hotline: 1-855-4A-PARENT (1-855-427-2736)

Being a parent is a critically important job, 24 hours a day. It’s not always easy. Call the National Parent Helpline® to get emotional support from a trained advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent. Available from 10:00AM PST to 7:00PM PS, Monday through Friday. / visit the website /

Parental Stress Hotline: 1-800-632-8188

Trained volunteer counselors offer non-judgemental sympathetic support to anyone seeking it, no matter how big or small. They also offer a translation service to those who need it. Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. / visit the website /

National Child Abuse Hotline: Call or Text 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. With professional crisis counselors who—through interpreters—provide assistance in over 170 languages, the hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are confidential. Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. USA and Canada. / visit the website /

First Candle’s Grief Support: 1-800-221-7437

First Candle’s hotline provides grief support to callers affected by the loss of a baby. Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. / visit the website /

Postpartum Support International: English: 1-800-944-4773(4PPD) / Spanish: 1-971-420-0294

The PSI HelpLine is there to provide basic information, support, and resources to postpartum parents. Call 1-800-944-4773(4PPD) or text 503-894-9453 (English) or 971-420-0294 (Spanish). Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. / visit the website /

Breastfeeding Support Hotline: 800-994-9662

The National Women’s Health Information Center’s National Breastfeeding Helpline answers questions and helps callers decide if they need to see a doctor or lactation consultant. Available in English and Spanish from 9:00AM to 6:00PM EST, Monday through Friday.

Car Seat Safety: 1-888-327-4236

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Child Seat Inspection Locator helps callers find a child safety seat inspection station. Certified technicians will inspect the child safety seat and show parents how to correctly install and use it. Available in English and Spanish from 8:00AM to 8:00PM EST, Monday through Friday. / visit the website /

March of Dimes Safe Sleep: 1-800-505-2742

The Safe to Sleep Campaign promotes infant back sleeping and other ways to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Callers can ask questions or order materials about sleep safety. Available in English and Spanish from 8:30AM to 4:00PM EST, Monday through Friday. / visit the website /

Addressing Child Substance Use: Schedule Call or Email 

The Partnership to End Addiction offers trained and caring specialists who are ready to listen to your challenges, setbacks, obstacles and difficult emotions that go along with a child’s substance use or addiction. Confidential Support is free and available in English and Spanish. / visit the website /

Single Parents

After-School Programs: 

Afterschool Alliance provides information for your local area to keep kids safe and inspire learning while helping working families by providing afterschool programs. / visit the website /

Resources for School, Finances, Food, and More:

Single Parent Advocate provides a resource center geared towards single parents and many of the issues that may coincide with single parenthood. / visit the website /

Attending College As A Single Parent: 

Individuals completing degrees while parenting make up a significant portion of the undergraduate student body. PublicHealth has compiled resources to assist with financial strain often accompanied by completing a degree. / visit the website /

Single Parents Alliance of America:

Join an online community to make friends, attend events, and find resources that are local to you. / visit the website /

Foster + Adoptive Parents

Advocacy, Support, and Education: 

The North American Council on Adoptable Children strives to support children in foster care and their adoptive families. / visit the website /

Resources, Support, and Education:

The National Foster Parent Association has gathered resources for every stage, including fostering, adoption, advocacy, kinship, legal resources, special needs, and more. / visit the website /

Support for Foster Parents:

Learn about your role and the resources available to help you succeed as a foster parent. / visit the website /

Government Resources:

The Child Welfare Information Gateway offers links to state resources along with other information to help protect children and their families. / visit the website /

LGBTQ Youth:

This factsheet was written for foster parents to help them learn about LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) youth in the child welfare system, the unique risks they face, and the important role that foster parents can play in reducing those risks. / visit the website /

Post-Adoption Challenges:

Adoptive Families Coalition provides support for families with adopted children with emotional, behavioral, or psychological challenges including financial assistance programs. / visit the website /

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren:

Learn about your rights as a grandparent, emotions you may experience, and other ways to navigate this journey. / visit the website /

To correspond with our Self-Care Tips for Foster/Adoptive Parents, here are some resources on Trauma-Informed Care for foster and adoptive parents:

List of Trauma Resource Center Websites: / visit the website /

Free 2-Hour Trauma Informed Care Training: / visit the website /

Additional Free Trauma Informed Care Trainings: / visit the website /

Parents To-Be

Prenatal and Baby Emotional Wellness: 

The American Academy of Pediatrics hosts articles and information on a variety of parenting topics. / visit the website /

Preparing for Parenthood:

Zero to Three provides resources on a variety of topics, including returning to work, bonding with baby before birth, and how to adjust older siblings to the new baby. / visit the website /

Getting Ready for Baby: 

Familiarize yourself on safe sleep, how to engage with your newborn, and what milestones to expect. / visit the website /

Advice for Soon-To-Be Dads:

Research shows that dads who are involved during pregnancy are more likely to remain involved once the baby is born. Learn how to prepare for both before and after baby is born. / visit the website /

Emotional Wellness:

Articles to help prepare yourself and your life for a new baby. /visit the website /

Food Safety:

Food-borne illness can infect a fetus even if the mother does not feel sick. This site has a list and even a printable that will help you eat for two safely. / visit the website /

Breastfeeding Preparation:

This website has been around for years, offering nursing moms information about all things breastfeeding including how to prepare, breastfeeding stages, and nutrition information for mom and baby. / visit the website /

New Parents

Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

In times of crisis, text HOME to 741741 to reach the National Crisis Text Line, or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and Website at 1-800-273-8255. / visit the website /

Postpartum Support International: English: 1-800-944-4773(4PPD) / Spanish: 1-971-420-0294

The PSI HelpLine is there to provide basic information, support, and resources to postpartum parents. Call 1-800-944-4773(4PPD) or text 503-894-9453 (English) or 971-420-0294 (Spanish) / visit the website /

Postpartum Support:

Find resources from online support groups, helplines, and text services for new and expecting moms to help manage postpartum stress, isolation, anxiety, and depression. /visit the website /

Breastfeeding Support Hotline: 800-994-9662

The National Women’s Health Information Center’s National Breastfeeding Helpline answers questions and helps callers decide if they need to see a doctor or lactation consultant. Available 9:00AM – 6:00PM EST Monday through Friday in English and Spanish.

A Guide for First-Time Parents:

Kidshealth provides resources and support for those early days after birth, including how to handle a newborn, how to bond and soothe your baby, and basics such as diapering, bathing, feeding, and sleeping. / visit the website /

New Parenting Help:

Parent Lab offers online parenting courses on multiple topics dealing with anxiety, increasing quality time, screen time guidance, sleep, and co-parenting with courses for parents and caregivers of children ages 0-12 years. /visit the website /

Resources for the Working Mom:

Working Mother provides resources and support for balancing your adventure in motherhood and work. / visit the website /

Parents of Young Children

Social Emotional Learning:

Learn about social-emotional learning and why it matters for both adults and children from Six Seconds. / visit the website /

Learning and Attention:

For children with learning and attention issues, go to understood.org for personalized recommendations for you and your child. / visit the website /

Raising Kids Who Thrive:

A variety of articles geared towards helping parents raise strong, successful children covering areas from potty training to talking about friendship, race, and anxiety. / visit the website /

School-Age Support:

School can be difficult on many levels. The National Education Association offers articles to help parents keep their children engaged with learning, how to work with their teachers for success, and also manage emotional situations from starting school to bullying. / visit the website /

Nutrition + Food Assistance

Breastfeeding Support: 800-994-9662

The National Women’s Health Information Center’s National Breastfeeding Helpline answers questions and helps callers decide if they need to see a doctor or lactation consultant. Available in English and Spanish from 9:00AM to 6:00PM EST, Monday through Friday. / visit the website /

Nutrition Education and Food Assistance:

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) offers a variety of services including nutrition education and counseling, checks and vouchers to purchase specific foods each month, and referrals to health, welfare, and social services for pregnant women, mothers, and children. To view the toll-free number in your state: / visit the website /

Food Assistance and Social Services: 1-800-548-6479

The WHYHunger’s National Hunger hotline connects callers to emergency food, government assistance programs, a listing of local food pantries, and social services. Available in English and Spanish from 9:00AM to 6:00PM EST, Monday through Friday. /
visit the website /

Food Bank Locator:

Feeding America’s food bank locators help moms find food assistance near their home by zip code or state. / visit the website /

Handling COVID-19

How to Talk to Your Child About COVID-19:

Your kids are hearing about coronavirus (COVID-19). You want to make sure they get reliable information — and you want them to hear it from you. Here's how to talk about it. / visit the website /

Helping Children Cope with COVID-19 Related Stress:

Some quick tips for helping children cope with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak from the World Health Organization. / visit the website /

Helping Kids and Parents Cope: 

The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry has a collection of articles for parents to help them talk to children and teens about Coronavirus. / visit the website /

The Child Mind Institute:

Tackling issues from overall coping to specific concerns like screen time, ADHD, depression, and autism, along with self-care for caregivers. / visit the website /

Back-to-School with COVID-19

Decision-Making Tool:

A tool to help parents, caregivers, and guardians weigh the risks and benefits of available educational options to help them make decisions about sending their child back to school. / visit the website /

Planning Resources:

Safety measures, tools for at-home learning and homeschooling, and resources for helping parents juggle working from home and at-home learning. / visit the website /

Guides and Tip Sheets for Back To School:

American Occupational Therapy Association has created a Back to School Guide and Back to School Tip Sheets to provide practical suggestions for parents, guardians, caregivers, administrators, teachers, para-professionals, and students to navigate the challenges around returning to school during COVID-19. / visit the website /

General Health

U.S. + OUTSIDE THE U.S.

Dialectical Behavior Theory

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) helps build skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. Find a Dialectical Behavior Therapist on Psychology Today. / visit the website /

Mental Health First Aid

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health or substance use problem, you can use Mental Health First Aid’s directory of resources. / visit the website /

BeThere.org

We’ve partnered with Jack.org on our initiative #BeKindBeThere to highlight their life-saving BeThere.org tool. Learn how to recognize if someone is struggling with their mental health, lean into the tough conversation, and connect them with resources or professionals to offer support using BeThere.org’s guide. / visit the website /

Strong 365

Strong 365 is a community of wellness warriors working to shorten the path to effective, life-saving help for individuals with psychosis— one of the most misunderstood health issues affecting our community today. / visit the website /

Assisted Living Research Institute

Assisted Living Research Institute has created a guide that provides comprehensive information on finding proper care options for people living with disabilities covering topics like available care options, financial support, and free resources that are available from each state in the U.S.. / visit the website /

Six Seconds - Social Emotional Learning

Learn about social emotional learning and why it matters for both adults and children from Six Seconds. / visit the website /

CASEL - Social Emotional Learning

CASEL supports educators and policy leaders and enhances the experiences and outcomes for all PreK-12 students. It is geared towards educators, while also using parent-friendly language. CASEL also offers free webinars, research articles, and information on policy. / visit the website /

We Are Spur

Find global mental health and crisis resources using We Are Spur’s director. / visit the website /

Understood.org

For children with learning and attention issues, go to understood.org for personalized recommendations for you and your child. / visit the website /

Mental Health Screening

Assess your mental health in five minutes or less using Mental Health America’s free, confidential, and anonymous online screening. / visit the website /

Hued

A resource to find medical and health professionals of color. / visit the website /

Out Care

An online directory of LGBTQ+-affirming medical and health professionals. / visit the website /

Body Image Resources

U.S.

National Eating Disorder Hotline 800-248-3285

National Eating Disorders Association

A confidential information and referral helpline for individuals who are struggling with an eating disorder or know someone who is. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (EST). 800-931-2237 | Visit the NEDA website

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.

This helpline operates 9 AM-5 PM CT, Monday through Friday for referrals to treatment professionals, treatment centers, hospitals, and residential programs. 847-831-3438 | Visit the website

Support Guide for Educators, Parents, + Students

This guide supports educators, parents, + students and offers resources to identify and address eating disorders at school. | Visit the website


OUTSIDE THE U.S.

National Eating Disorders Association: Resources + Links

Find international resources in Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, and the UK. | Visit the website

Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center

This website provides a comprehensive database of eating disorder treatment professionals around the world including professionals in the U.S., Australia, Africa, and Europe. | Visit the website

Eating Disorder Hope

Find information about resources and help available for eating disorders in multiple countries. | Visit the website

Online MSW Programs

A list of 70 resources to support eating disorder recovery. | Visit for list of Resources

Drug + Alcohol Use

U.S.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

A searchable directory of drug and alcohol treatment programs. View the location of facilities around the country that treat alcoholism, alcohol abuse and drug abuse problems. | Visit the website

Start Your Recovery
Support for overcoming substance misuse tailored to you. | Visit for Online Resources

Drug Rehab Connections
Unbiased information reviewed by medical experts so readers can make an informed decision on the next steps in their, or a loved one’s, drug rehabilitation journey. l
 Visit the website

Sexual Abuse

U.S.

Rape Abuse + Incest National Network (RAINN)

A 24-hour phone and chat service to help victims of sexual assault or abuse.1-800-656-HOPE (4673) | Visit the website to chat with a counselor now

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline

A 24-hour hotline offering assistance in more than 170 languages.1-800-422-4453 | Visit the website


OUTSIDE THE U.S.

Rape Abuse + Incest National Network (RAINN)

Visit the RAINN website to get help via online chat. | Visit the website

LGBTQIA+ + Questioning

U.S.

It Gets Better Project

A list of over 1,100 organizations in 40+ countries around the world offering support to LGBTQ+ youth. l Visit the website

The Trevor Project

A 24-hour hotline, chatting and texting service. Trained counselors provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. TrevorText is available on Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET. Text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200. Standard text messaging rates apply. Chat online 7 days a week 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET. 866-488-7386 | Visit the website

Live Out Loud

A resource for LGBTQ+ youth to connect with successful LGBTQ+ professionals in their community. Visit the website

Trans Lifeline

An 18-hour hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Chat 7 days a week at U.S. (877) 565-8860 and Canada (877) 330-6366 | Visit the website

OUTSIDE THE U.S.

Trevor Support Center International

No matter where you are, you can join TrevorSpace.org – a safe, digital community. | Find a resource in your country.

LGBT National Help Center

Free, confidential peer support + local resources. | Visit the website.

Gender

U.S.

Gender Spectrum

Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. | Visit the website

U.S. + OUTSIDE THE U.S.

The Trevor Project

Find resources on trans and gender identity here.

“Coming Out As You” is a pocket-sized resource that can help you navigate your own coming out experience in a safe, thoughtful way. | Visit the website

Self Harm + Crisis Resources

U.S.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

A 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. 1-800-273-TALK | Visit the website

Crisis Text Line

A free, 2/47, confidential text line available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Text “HOME” to 741741. Text 686868 in Canada. | Visit the website

Teen Line

A teen-to-teen helpline with listeners trained to handle suicide, depression, LGBTQ, sex, and much more. No problem is too big or small. Open 6PM-10pm PST nightly. 310-855-4673. |Visit the website

JED

The Jed Foundation’s Mental Health Resource Center provides essential information about common emotional health issues and shows teens and young adults how they can support one another, overcome challenges and make a successful transition to adulthood. l Visit the website

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

A self-harm and suicide overview with helpful resources and guides. l Visit the website


OUTSIDE THE U.S.

The International Suicide Prevention Wiki

A worldwide directory of suicide prevention hotlines, online chat, text-lines, and resources. | Find a resource in your country.

Befrienders Worldwide

Befrienders Worldwide centres provide an open space for those in distress to talk and be heard. This is via telephone helplines, SMS messaging, face to face, internet chat, outreach and local partnerships. l Visit the website

International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)

Browse to find Crisis Centres throughout the world. | Visit the website

Stay Alive App

Stay Alive App is a UK-based suicide prevention app. l Visit the website

We Are Spur

Find global mental health and crisis resources using this director. l Visit the website

Dating Abuse + Domestic Abuse

U.S.

Love is Respect National Dating Abuse Hotline

A confidential, anonymous 24-hour helpline and text service for teens, parents, friends and family. Text support is also available by texting “loveis” to 22522. 1-866-331-9474 | Visit the website

National Domestic Violence Hotline

A 24-hour hotline for any type of domestic abuse, including dating abuse. Text message support is also available, text TELLNOW to 85944.1-800-799-SAFE (7233) | Visit the website

Financial Help for Women In Abusive Relationships

A comprehensive list of agencies and services dedicated to helping women achieve financial independence and empowering them to leave abusive relationships. | Visit the website

A guide to understanding and preventing financial abuse. | Visit the website

211 Get Connected. Get Answers.

2-1-1 is a free and confidential hotline that connects individuals nationwide to resources and support in their area. | Visit the website

Maryvilla University Guide for Social Workers + Educational Professionals

Children and adolescents rely on their parents, caretakers, and other trusted adults to ensure they are safe, happy, and supported. This is a guide for social workers and educational professionals to help spot the signs and learn how to act. | Visit the website

StrongHearts Native Helpline

A safe domestic violence and dating violence hotline for American Indians and Alaska Natives. | Visit the website

The NW Network

NW Network works to support survivors and end abuse in LGBTQ+ communities. | Visit the website


OUTSIDE THE U.S.

Love is Respect Online Chat

Visit the Love is respect site for online chat and other resources. | Visit the website

Hestia

Hestia is a free mobile app providing support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know. The app also includes a UK-wide directory of specialist domestic abuse support services with contact details. l Visit the website

PTSD

U.S.

National Institute for Mental Health

If you think you might have PTSD, please seek professional help. There is so much hope for recovery. Finding support is key. Click here or visit the National Institute for Mental Health for more information on PTSD in all its forms and where to find help. | Visit the website

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

If you are in crisis now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8225). | Visit the website


OUTSIDE THE U.S.

The International Suicide Prevention Wiki

A worldwide directory of suicide prevention hotlines, online chat, text-lines, and resources. | Find a resource in your country

Bullying, Abuse, + Depression

U.S.

Boys Town National Hotline

Serves boys and girls. A 24-hour, toll-free, confidential hotline staffed by specially trained counselors. Teens, parents and others can get help with bullying, abuse, anger, depression, school issues and more.1-800-448-3000 | Visit the website

The Bully Project

A resource and documentary for people of all ages to provide support and assistance in response to bullying. l Visit the website

211 Get Connected. Get Answers.

2-1-1 is a free and confidential hotline that connects individuals nationwide to resources and support in their area. l Visit the website

ADAA Reviewed Mental Health Apps

Mental health apps can be effective in making therapy more accessible, efficient, and portable. Here are apps that have been reviewed by ADAA members over the last few years. l Visit the website


OUTSIDE THE U.S.

The International Suicide Prevention Wiki

A worldwide directory of suicide prevention hotlines, online chat, text-lines, and resources. | Find a resource in your country

Chronic Pain

Living With Chronic Pain + Depression

Research has found that CBT is highly effective for managing both pain and depression. For instance, CBT teaches individuals to pay attention to their thought processes, which can maximize or minimize pain. | Visit PsychCentral for more information.

Chronic Pain and Depression

Chronic pain isn’t just a physical condition—it’s an emotional one as well that has tremendous influence over a person’s thoughts and moods. People with chronic pain may isolate from others or be unable to achieve mobility they once had. | Learn more.

Chronic Pain + Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders are common among people who have arthritis, and very often in younger arthritis sufferers. Fibromyalgia is a chronic medical condition that causes widespread muscle pain and fatigue. | Learn more.

Institute for Chronic Pain

Anxiety is quite possibly the most common condition that accompanies chronic pain. Anxiety tends to go hand in hand with chronic pain. The reason is that pain is a danger signal. The function of pain is to signal danger that something is wrong in the body and requires attention. As such, pain is a warning signal that naturally leads the nervous system to respond with its corresponding alarm – the fight-or-flight response. | Learn more.

Grief Management

Bo’s Place

Resources for helping those who have lost someone in their life. | Visit the Resource Library

Coalition to Support Grieving Students
A collaboration of leading professional organizations that have come together to support grieving students. |
 Visit online Resources

Therapy

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Guidelines for Choosing a Therapist | Read more here.

What to Expect from Therapy | Learn more today.

Find a CBT Therapist | Click here.

Culturally Competent Care

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network

An interactive digital resource that helps QTPoC locate QTPoC mental health practitioners across the country. | Visit the website

Psychology Today
Use this resource to find an Asian therapist or mental health professional. |
 Visit the website

Use this resource to find a Black therapist or mental health professional. | Visit the website

Use this resource to find a Latinx therapist or mental health professional. | Visit the website

Use this resource to find an Indigenous American therapist or mental health professional. | Visit the website

Therapy for Black Girls

Use this tool to find Black women therapists. | Visit the website

Therapy for Latinx

This is a resource that can be used to find a Latinx therapist. | Visit the website

Institute for Muslim Mental Health

An online directory of Muslim mental health professionals. | Visit the website

Immigration Psychology Services Inc.

A resource to address the mental health needs of immigrants + refugees. | Visit the website

National Deaf Therapy

An online directory for deaf people to find mental health resources + professionals. | Visit the website