COVID-19 and Mental Health Family Resource List

Getting Help when your child has a mental health issue

This page lists resources for parents of school age youth (pre-K through 12th grades) experiencing mental health issues.

Common mental health issues include:

  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Bipolar Disorder

The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) of Northern Virginia is a good resource for families who have children with mental illness. NAMI offers a series of support groups and hold monthly meetings where parents can share information.

Arlington has a Special Education PTA (SEPTA) and their calendar includes bi-monthly support groups for parents who have children with mental illness. View the SEPTA Calendar to see a complete list of their meetings.

Contact the Director of the Wakefield Counseling Office, Lynette McCracken, at 703-228-6714 or for additional resources or information.


  • Arlington County Emergency 911
  • Arlington County Emergency Mental Health 703-228-4256 or 703-228-5160
  • CrisisLink 703-527-4077 or 703-516-6771
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK
  • Regional Response for Children in Crisis 1-844-N-CRISIS