Resources For Parents 

Don’t Know Where To Start?


Family support continues as the strongest asset of our Buffalo County adolescents according to the 2021 Developmental Assets profile survey. According to our Youth Advisory Board students, teens want their parents to talk with them about substance use. It might not be easy, but talking to the teen’s in your life about opioids, alcohol, and vaping is an important step in keeping them safe. Use the resources below to help start the conversation with the youth in your life.

Hard Conversations With Your Teen

Create A Personalized Stress Management Plan


Dr. Ginsburg takes you through the steps of creating a personalized stress management plan. This plan may help you feel better about some of the stress in your life. It does not replace medical advice. If you feel like your stress is too much to handle, reach out for support. Doctors, counselors, and health professionals are trained to help. Learn how to ask for help here.

By creating a personalized plan with your teen, they will be prepared with a range of healthy coping strategies to draw from next time you’re feeling stressed.

Create a Personalized Stress Plan

Talking With Teens

Improve conversations with your children. Strengthen your family relationships. Gain techniques, tips and tricks for effective communication.

Visit Center For Parent and Teen Communication

Parent Webinars

Kearney Public Schools and McKenna’s Rae of Hope Foundation are partnered with the Cook Center for Human Connection: This mental health resource provides parents a trusted place to go for real answers, to find support and real help for their children.

The host bi-weekly webinars that any parent in Buffalo County may register for. To view the schedule, get registered, or watch a previous recording see the Kearney Public Schools website link below.

Parent Guidance Kearney Public Schools

Drug Conversations

One Pill Can Kill

One Pill Can Kill: United States Drug Enforcement Administration 

Learn what every parent and caregiver needs to know about fake pills. This website has a list of downloadable resources including, fake pill identifiers, fentanyl poising resources for parents, resources on protecting kids from online drug sales, and more. Also on the site is a Behavioral Health Treatment locator.

One Pill Can Kill



Real Talk About Fake Pills

Real Talk About Fake Pills 

Song for Charlie is a national family-run, nonprofit charity dedicated to raising awareness about ‘fentapills’ — fake pills made of fentanyl. We partner with experts, educators, parents and other influencers to reach the most vulnerable group: young people between the ages 13-24. Our programs highlight the emerging dangers of self-medication and casual drug use in the fentanyl era and encourage healthier strategies for coping with stress.

Song For Charlie

How Worried Should I Be?

So many other parents and families have gone through the same challenges you’re facing now. Partnership to End Addiction is here to help. Answer a few questions about your concerns and situation to get free, confidential, personalized resources. You will also have the option to connect with a helpline specialist. Find help with risk assessments, finding support groups, and more. 

Partnership To End Addiction

Suicide Prevention Conversations

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Get Help 

The Lifeline is available for everyone, is free, and confidential. Click the link to access the lifeline, to find out what happens when you call or text the lifeline, or more information if you are unsure.

Help Someone Else

If someone you know is struggling emotionally or having a hard time, you can be the difference in getting them the help they need. It’s important to take care of yourself when you are supporting someone through a difficult time, as this may stir up difficult emotions. If it does, please reach out for support yourself.

I've Lost Someone: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

I’ve Lost Someone 

You are not alone. Suicide affects millions each year. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides hope for you, your family, and your community. Find resources for how to talk about loosing someone. 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 

Region 3 Behavioral Health Services




Region 3 offers many different trainings on mental health and suicide prevention. Visit to learn more about each of them.

4009 6th Avenue, Suite #65
Kearney, NE 68845

308-236-7669 fax

Richard Young Hospital

Richard Young provides a broad continuum of care for all ages ranging from intensive inpatient to outpatient services. Patients benefit from treatment programs designed specifically for their unique biological, psychological, spiritual, and social needs. For more information, please call (308) 865-2000.

1755 Prairie View Place
Kearney, NE, 68845

Trevor Project
The Trevor Project provides 24/7 crisis support services to LGBTQ young people. Text, chat, or call anytime to reach a trained counselor.

More Local Resources

Click the link below for a full list of resources and contact information.
Buffalo County Mental Health Resources

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