Community Resources

  • suicide prevention

  • Family Resources Link

    Family Resources Free Counseling Services Flyer English

    Family Resources Free Counseling Services Flyer Espanol

    When parents and teens don’t see eye-to-eye, small issues become big problems. Family Resources offers individual and family counseling that provides a clear path to resolution. Family crisis intervention addresses the issues that led to the crisis (including regularly missing school, running away from home, and displaying unmanageable behaviors) and then assesses the likelihood of future problems.

    Family and individual counseling offers a safe refuge for parents and kids. Trained, dedicated, and available staff will help you overcome your difficulties. As soon as possible, a counselor is assigned to your family who is ready to identify solutions that will begin the healing process.


    As one of the nation’s largest providers of community-based behavioral health services, Centerstone serves more than 170,000 individuals and families in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee each year. Centerstone has a program to help you — whether you need help with marital counseling, a child’s behavioral issues, depression, addiction, the effects of abuse or other emotional and behavioral issues.

    Tidewell Hospice

    Serving more than 1,100 patients daily in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties, Tidewell is one of the largest not-for-profit hospices in the U.S. Home-based palliative care is the basic premise of Tidewell’s services, involving the support of physicians, registered nurses, social workers, certified nursing assistants, chaplains and volunteers, all following a prescribed plan of care. Tidewell’s services are available to everyone, regardless of ability to pay.

    Blue Butterfly

    Blue Butterfly provides support for families, children and teens ages 5-18 who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives.

    Project HEART

    Project HEART assists students who lack a fixed, adequate, and stable night time residence such as students living in the following situations:

    • Run away and domestic family shelters
    • Motel and hotel
    • Double up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship
    • In a car, park, abandoned buildings, or bus station.

    Free & Reduced Lunch Application

    Any student enrolled in a Manatee County Public School may apply for the free and reduced lunch program.

    • Only one household application needs to be completed per family, including foster children
    • Foster children are categorically eligible for free meals. They should be part of the family application
    • Apply online for Free and Reduced Meal Pricing 
    • Blank applications are available in English as well as Spanish. They are located at your schools’ main office or at the Food and Nutrition Office
    • Applications can be submitted at any time during the school year
    • Once an application is processed Food and Nutrition Services will mail a letter notifying the parent/guardian of the student’s lunch status

    ASLO Youth

    ALSO Youth provides a variety of services specific to gender identity development for adolescents and young adults (ages 10 – 24) in Manatee and Sarasota counties. 
    Free counseling services are offered to youth and their families, as well as weekly parent support groups and peer support groups.  The ALSO Youth website also includes
    resources specific to LBGT+ students regarding crisis support hotlines, homelessness, etc.

    Mental Health Services Directory