Use one of the following resources if you are or know of a parent or caregiver having trouble controlling angry feelings. Actions done in moments of anger can be harmful and abusive.
- Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator. This service from the national Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration can help you find local counselors. Search online at findtreatment.samhsa.gov or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or TDD 1-800-487-4889.
- Parents Anonymous. Self-help groups serving parents under stress, as well as children who have been abused, are available throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. To find a group in your area, search online or in your phone book under Parents Anonymous or call (909) 621-6184.
- Childhelp Line. The Childhelp line is a resource for the prevention and treatment of child abuse or neglect. The helpline serves the United States and Canada to provide referrals and counseling at 1-800-4-A-Child (1-800-422-4453).
- Social service departments. Many social service agencies involved with child abuse investigation also offer services to parents under stress. Agencies are listed in the phone book, usually under the state's Department of Social Services, Protective Services, Social and Rehabilitative Services, or Children and Family Services.
Current as ofMay 28, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
H. Michael O'Connor MD - Emergency Medicine