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Resources for Teens

If you, a friend, or your child is struggling, check out these useful websites and organizations. They are resources aimed specifically at adolescents and young adults. Health care providers and youth serving professionals can offer these additional resources to those looking for additional information, including online resources, support groups, peer networks, helplines, treatment locators, and advocacy opportunities.

Youth Friendly Mental Health Online Resources

  • Center for Young Women’s Health and Young Men’s Health

  • Go Ask Alice!

    • Geared at young adults, this question and answer website contains a large database of questions about a variety of concerns surrounding emotional health. www.goaskalice.columbia.edu

  • Girls Health.Gov

  • Jed Foundation

    • Promoting emotional health and prevent suicide among college students, this website provides an online resource center, ULifeline, a public dialogue forum, Half of Us, and Transition Year, resources and tools to help students transition to college. http://www.jedfoundation.org/students

  • Kelty Mental Health Resource Center

  • Reach Out

    • This website provides information on specific mental health disorders, as well as resources to help teens make safe plans when feeling suicidal, and helpful tips on how to relax. http://au.reachout.com/

  • Teens Health

  • Teen Mental Health

    • Geared towards teenagers, this website provides learning tools on a variety of mental illnesses, videos, and resources for friends. http://teenmentalhealth.org/

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Apps and Tech Services

  • Beacon 2.0

    • Beacon is a portal to online applications (websites, mobile applications and internet support groups) for mental disorders reviewed and rated by health experts. https://beacon.anu.edu.au/

  • Health Talk

  • Mindfulness for Teens

    • This website has resources to help teens use mindfulness to handle stress and includes apps to practice meditation and guided mediation recordings. http://mindfulnessforteens.com/

  • Strength of Us

    • An online community designed to inspire young adults impacted by mental health issues to think positive, stay strong and achieve goals through peer support and resource sharing. http://strengthofus.org/

  • ReThink - Stop Cyberbullying

    • Created by a teen activist, this app monitors what kids type into their mobile device. If a child types a word or phrase that could be cyberbullying, a pop-up comes up. The pop-up might say: “Rethink! Don’t say things you may regret later!” This gives kids who struggle with impulse control a chance to reconsider before sending a hurtful message online. To use the app, kids have to remember to select the app’s keyboard. While the app catches most swear words and bad language, it’s not perfect and won’t stop all cyberbullying. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/rethink-stop-cyberbullying

  • The 7 Best Apps for Teenagers to Manage Stress and Anxiety

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Mental Health Resources Institutes

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Mental Health Medication Guides

  • Head Meds

    • This website gives young people focused information about the most common medicines prescribed for mental health conditions. http://www.headmeds.org.uk/

  • Making Healthy Choices

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Helplines

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Advocacy

  • Active Minds

    • The leading nonprofit that empowers college students to speak openly about mental health, Active Minds aims to educate others and encourage help-seeking. http://activeminds.org/

  • Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network

    • GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. This website provides resources on finding GSA Chapters, and tools on how to establish or re-establish a GSA. http://www.glsen.org/

  • StopBullying.Gov

    • This website offers resources specifically for teens to prevent bullying in their schools and communities and provides resources for those being bullied. http://www.stopbullying.gov/

  • Teens Against Bullying

    • Created by and for teens, this website is a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, take action, be heard, and own an important social cause. http://www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org/

  • Time to Change

    • As England’s biggest program to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination, this advocacy website provides ways to join the campaign and get others involved. www.time-to-change.org.uk/

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Media

  • Emotional Intelligence From a Teenage Perspective | Maximilian Park | TEDxYouth@PVPHS

    • Intelligence comes in many forms. In this talk, Maximilian Park discusses his experience with emotional intelligence, the change it has affected in his life, and the impact it could have on students around the country. https://youtu.be/MbmLNr89L-A

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