Have a serious problem to deal with?
Use these resources to find info, talk to someone and get help. The numbers listed here are toll-free and won’t show up on your phone bill in any way.
IF YOU, A FRIEND OR A PARENT IS ABUSING ALCOHOL OR DRUGS:
Alateen assists teens who have a relative or a friend who is abusing alchohol. Call 888-425-2666 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday, or visit https://al-anon.org/newcomers/teen-corner-alateen/ for information for information and support.
The Cool Spot
Need to know how much alcohol is in a drink, what alcohol does to your body, how to resist peer pressure and other drinking information? Visit the thecoolspot.gov, a site on alcohol just for teens.
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
To find local resources for dealing with alcohol and drug dependence for you or a loved one, call NCADD’s Hopeline: 1-800-622-2255 24/7. They’ll connect you with professionals near you who can help.
National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens (NIDA)
Nida’s teen site, teens.drugabuse.gov, provides facts geared towards teenagers about the symptoms and results of drug abuse. Read stories from real girls who have dealt with drug abuse and find answers to all your questions about drugs. Call 1 (800) 662-HELP (4357) for 24/7 assistance with drug and alcohol abuse.
IF YOU OR A FRIEND IS BEING PHYSICALLY ABUSED OR IS AT RISK FOR VIOLENCE:
Childhelp is a national resource prevention and treatment of child abuse. If you or someone you know is in danger of abuse, call the 24/7 hotline 800-4-A-CHILD (422-4453), or visit https://www.childhelp.org/.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
The NDVH has help and info for teens suffering abuse at the hands of a boyfriend. Visit ndvh.org/help/teen-help.html or call 1-800-799-SAFE.
love is respect
love is respect will help you figure out what to do if you or anyone you know is experiencing relationship violence. They have a 24/7 hotline, a 24/7 chat service, and tons of educational resources about dating, consent, and types of abuse. Visit http://www.loveisrespect.org/ or call 1-866-331-9474 for help.
IF YOU OR A FRIEND HAVE BEEN RAPED OR SEXUALLY ASSAULTED:
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN is a national organization that helps sexual assault victims of all ages. Trained professionals are ready to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week in finding a counselor in your area and getting shelter, if needed. RAINN is completely confidential. Call their National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE. You can also go to their website, rainn.org, to find counselors and resources in your area.
IF YOU OR A FRIEND IS PREGNANT AND NEED ADVICE: Planned Parenthood Federation of America's website, plannedparenthood.org can provide you with info you need.
IF YOU OR A FRIEND IS SUFFERING FROM AN EATING DISORDER:
National Eating Disorders Association
The National Eating Disorders Association’s website, http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org, offers information for teenagers about the signs of eating disorders, treatment programs, referrals, and programs in their area. Their hotline, 1-800-931-2237, offers immediate help.
The Eating Disorders Mirror Mirror site, mirror-mirror.org/eatdis.htm, offers guidance to those who are on the road to recovery and support to those who are looking for it. There are also links to other resources and descriptions of symptoms and warning signs of eating disorders.
Eating Disorder Stories Told
http://eating.ucdavis.edu/speaking/told/told.html - stories of people with eating disorders. I found this site really interesting and it could be helpful, let me know what you think.
IF YOU OR A FRIEND IS INJURING YOURSELF*:
An umbrella site for issues of all kinds for teens, including issues about body image, sexual abuse, eating disorders, drugs and alcohol, and diseases, Kids Health’s teen web site (kidshealth.org/teen) has a section with information about cutting and self-abuse located at kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/mental_health/cutting.html.
Psyke (psyke.org) offers self-injury information and support in the form of personal forums, stories, FAQs, coping techniques, articles and external links to other excellent resources.
S.A.F.E provides a hotline where self-injurers can get a list of therapists who have experience treating teens who cut. Call 1-800-DONTCUT for resources in your area.
IF YOU OR A FRIEND IS FEELING SUICIDAL OR SUFFERING FROM SEVERE DEPRESSION:
If it is crucial that you get help right away, call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 911 IMMEDIATELY. Suicidehotlines.com also offers hotlines in all 50 states for immediate help with suicide or self-harm issues.
Crisis Call Center
The crisis call center is a hotline for any emergency situation, especially suicide. Call 800-273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863 for 24/7 service, or visit http://crisiscallcenter.org/crisisservices-html/.
Teen Health and Wellness
http://www.teenhealthandwellness.com/static/hotlines- this is like the motherlode of hotlines.
Helpguide for Depression
https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/teenagers-guide-to-depression.htm- the other depression site link did not work, so I added this new teen guide to depression. It includes hotlines and help.
Teenline (https://teenlineonline.org) is hotline staffed by teens from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. PST. (Call 310-855-HOPE or 800-TLC-TEEN; toll-free in California only, or text TEEN to 839863). The site also offers a Youth Yellow Pages to look up specific resources, 24/7 email, message boards and info on outreach services.