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. Go to al-anon.alateen.org/alateen.html 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 Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
If you have questions about getting help for drug abuse for you or a friend or loved one, call 1-800-729-6686 24/7 to speak with someone who can give you info and help guide you to resources and professionals in your area.
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.
IF YOU OR A FRIEND IS BEING PHYSICALLY ABUSED OR IS AT RISK FOR VIOLENCE:
National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center
A one-stop shop for all violence-related issues, the National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center can provide and help and info for dating, domestic and school-based abuse. Call 1-866-SAFEYOUTH or visit safeyouth.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.
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, edap.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.
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.
Focus Adolescent Services
Focus Adolescent services (focusas.com) offers info on local help and resources for teens.
Depression is one of the most common problems for teenagers today. Help can be found at depression.com, which offers information on understanding depression, treating depression and dealing with depression in everyday life. The site also details how others have recovered from depression, and offers tips in maintaining mental health.
Teenline (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). The site also offers a Youth Yellow Pages to look up specific resources, 24/7 email, message boards and info on outreach services.