Support

We all need some kind of support from time to time. The resources here will help you get support and empower you to support others. Share people and resources that you find helpful when things are tough. 

Announcements

  • Did you know people between the ages of 15-24 account for half of the new STDs reported in the U.S. each year? KnowTheFactsFirst.gov was created to provide teens like you with accurate information on STDs and #STD prevention. Learn the facts about sex, STDs, and how to protect yourself. #KTFF 

Blog

  • Thomas, a young person diagnosed with Autism, uses art to express his feelings about his experiences with bullying and to inspire others to be hopeful despite obstacles they may face. Read about his future goal to become a psychologist and help others discover their own worth.

Communities

  • MilitaryKidsConnect.org provides an online community for children, tweens, and teens of military families in which they can support one another while learning coping and resilience-building skills.
  • Sometimes you just need to talk. OK2TALK is here to listen. OK2TALK is a moderated online community where young people can safely share their personal stories of tragedy, recovery, resilience, and hope. Share your poetry, photos, song lyrics, or videos and read submissions from other teens. 

Hotlines

  • This website provides links to multiple hotlines, websites, and other resources for youth who are struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse.
  • The National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth (NCFY) published this short list of hotline numbers that every youth should have, especially youth dealing with homelessness.
  • This service provides a toll-free number for alcohol and drug information. It also provides treatment referral assistance and a treatment locator tool.
  • Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are thinking of running from home, if you have a friend who has run and is looking for help, or if you are a runaway ready to go home.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Call 1-800-656-HOPE for 24/7, free and confidential help and counseling if you feel you've been sexually assualted. 
  • Have a question about dating abuse or just need a friendly ear to listen? Call 1.866.331.9474 to get support, stay safe, and get access to legal protection and more.  
  • Call 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or 1.800.787.3224 (TTY) if you feel you are a victim of domestic abuse and need support including someone to talk to, crisis intervention, and a referral to local resources. It is free and confidential.
  • The Trevor Lifeline is a 24/7 hotline that provides counseling for  LGBTQ youth who are suicidal and/or in crisis. Youth can use TrevorChat to communicate with a counselor through instant messaging.
  • Feeling blue? We’ve all been there. But sometimes you may need some extra help. Text SAFE and your location to 69866 if you are ever in crisis and want to speak to a mental health professional. 

Publications

  • I’m afraid all the time. On edge. Angry. These are ways youth described the impact of violence on their lives. Get the facts on how violence in communities can affect young people, what you can do to feel safe, ways to deal with your feelings, and organizations you can contact if you’re worried about your safety.
  • Traumatic events disrupt your life. Learn how to cope with traumatic events and get support when you or others need it most. 
  • “Tony and Emily have been dating for a few weeks, and he is beginning to act like he owns her. He complains when she spends time with her best friend—or anyone except him. Afraid she’ll lose him, Emily begins to cut herself off from her friends. Sound familiar?” Find out why this kind of possessiveness is a big deal and how you can get help.
  • How R U Doing? If you have experienced a traumatic event, like a disaster or a shooting, the tips in this resource can help you cope and find helpful websites, hotlines, and tools to locate treatment facilities.
  • Have you been dealing with the trauma of having loved one–a brother, a sister, a friend–abducted? Written by siblings of abducted children, this guide can help you understand what to expect and how you can help yourself feel better.

Resources

  • If you receive a friend request from someone you don’t know, don’t accept! You may become a victim of “farcing,” a scam in which a hacker makes it look like they share a mutual friend with you, but is really just out to steal your personal data. Check out the tips in this article for protecting your identity when using social media.
  • Disability.gov created a series of guides that contain helpful information for people with disabilities. Find resources on topics that are important to you, like financial aid, student transition planning, transportation, and job training. 
  • Does breast or ovarian cancer run in your family? Learn how to find out if you are at risk and what you can do about it.
  • Do you have a friend who drinks, uses drugs alone, or lies about drug use? These may be signs of a problem. Learn how to recognize drug problems in your friends and begin conversation with them.
  • Abusing prescription drugs can be more dangerous than you think. Learn what to do if you think you or a friend might be addicted to prescription medication.
  • As a young person with a disability, Lindsey always felt like she had to be on the outside looking in. However, as she describes in this blog post, by working hard and making important connections with others in the disability community, she was able to find her dream job developing policy to eradicate barriers to employment for people with disabilities.
  • Are you planning to participate in a study abroad or foreign exchange program in West Africa? Be sure to check out CDC’s tips to understand how the Ebola outbreak might affect your travel, and how you can protect yourself from Ebola while you’re abroad.
  • We all feel stressed out sometimes, like the night before a big game or after a fight with a friend. Stress isn’t always bad; the good kind of stress can push you to take on exciting challenges. But, what about when stress becomes overwhelming and doesn’t seem to go away? TeenHealth.org has resources to help you keep your stress under control, build skills to tackle stressful situations (including serious stress, like personal crises or disasters), and deal with the anxiety that can occur as you manage everyday issues. 
  • Have you been feeling sad or hopeless for a long time? If so, you may have depression. But you are not alone. This resource can help you recognize what you are experiencing, find ideas for people and places to turn to for help, explore ways to help yourself feel better, and understand the different treatments for depression. 
  • The "We Can Help Us" campaign empowers youth to help reduce the teen suicide rate in the U.S.

Tools & Guides

Videos & Podcasts

  • One in five young women has been sexually assaulted while in college. One is too many. President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, David Beckham, Eli Manning, Jeremy Lin, Evan Longoria, Jimmy Rollins, Joe Torre, and Andy Katz lend their voices to raise awareness about teen dating violence.
  • Need help getting home? Watch the staff at the National Runaway Safeline explain the Home Free program and how it can get you home for free. 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).
  • Macklemore speaks about his experience with drug abuse and the life lessons he learned during his struggle. Learn how to deal with emotional issues and drug abuse and how to avoid slipping into drug use. 
  • Information you post online can never really be deleted, so remember to “share with care.” Before posting, always consider the consequences, remember how big your audience can really be, and get permission from friends who might be in the videos or photos you share.
  • Want to know what will happen when you call the National Runaway Safeline? Call center staff walk you through what you can expect when you call the Safeline for help. 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)
  • Anthony survived a traumatic home situation and years on the street before becoming a successful advocate and a law student. Hear his story of perseverance and his hopes for his future.
  • President Obama wants you to know you are not alone. In this video, the President shares his message of hope for LGBT youth who are experiencing bullying. As the President says, if you are being bullied, reach out to a caring adult you trust for help. And remember: it gets better.
  • Many Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, including many Sikh turbaned youth, face bullying and harassment based on their appearance. Check out this Google Hangout, organized by White House intern Naureen Singh as part of her E3! Ambassadors Program capstone project, to learn about resources available from the federal government that can help you combat bullying in your community and on your campus.
  • Hearing stories from others who have had similar struggles can be helpful. In this podcast, Maggie, Garney, and Zach, three young people who used to be homeless, discuss how they’ve been able to find ways to stay healthy and happy.
  • Need help with runaway issues, but don’t feel like talking on the phone? The National Runaway Safeline Live Chat is an alternative to a phone call and is a good way to talk with experts in times of crisis. All chats are confidential and anonymous.  http://www.1800runaway.org/
  • Celebrity Demi Lovato shares her struggle with bipolar disorder, self-injury, and anorexia and bulimia and encourages young people struggling with mental health challenges to reach out for help.
  • In this video, tribal youth talk about tough times and how they relied on their culture to pull through. They also share ideas for how to make yourself feel better if you’re feeling down and where to turn if you need help. 
  • Hear from the We R Native (WRN) Ambassadors Class of 2015-16 as they share why they became WRN Ambassadors, what WRN means to them, and the resources available on the WRN website for American Indian and Alaska Native youth. 

Websites

  • Whether you're on the outside looking in or the inside wanting out, this resource from TeenHealth.org can help you understand cliques and how to deal with them, while keeping good friends close and staying true to yourself.
  • Romantic relationships should be fun and make you feel good about yourself. If a relationship is making you feel unsafe or unhappy, you could be in an unhealthy situation. This resource can help you recognize if you are in an unhealthy relationship and think through how to get help and get out.
  • Tired of moving to a new place every time some in your family gets deployed? This site helps military youth cope with deployment.
  • Do you know what to do if you or a friend is sexually assaulted? NotAlone.gov provides resources that can help you learn about what to do after a sexual assault, your rights as a victim, how to file a complaint, and how your confidentiality will be maintained during the process. You can also learn how to help a friend who has been sexually assaulted.
  • Operation: Military Kids is a collaborative effort to support young people impacted by a family member's deployment.
  • RAINN is the largest network of rape and abuse survivors in the nation. Find hotline numbers, tips on how to help yourself or friends, and ways to get involved in the campaign for a more just system for victims. 
  • Whether you or a friend is having a tough day, it is always good to know that you can reach out to get support or give support.
  • This website contains information on how to spot an alcohol problem, as well as resources and hotlines you can use if you or a friend or family member has a drinking problem.
  • Speaking Out About Rape, Inc. (SOAR) runs national awareness, education and sexual violence prevention programs and aims to empower survivors of rape. SOAR's website features multiple resources on sexual violence, including information about what you can do if you are raped and how you can work to reduce the risk of sexual assault, links to websites of national organizations, and statistics. 
  • StopBullying.gov, this Tumblr page features empowering messages that aim to influence teens to join the effort to stop bullying.