Resources For Teens

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. 
Speak to a trained counselor
  • Call 988 (multiple languages).
  • Send a text message to 988 (English only)
  • Use the chat feature at (English only)
What Happens When You Call The Lifeline?
  • First, you’ll hear an automated message featuring additional options while your call is routed to your local Lifeline network crisis center.
  • We’ll play you a little music while we connect you to a skilled, trained crisis worker.
  • A trained crisis worker at your local center will answer the phone.
  • This person will listen to you, understand how your problem is affecting you, provide support, and get you the help you need.
LGBTQIA+ The Trevor Project
If you are thinking about harming yourself — get immediate support. Connect to a crisis counselor 24/7, 365 days a year, from anywhere in the U.S. It is 100% confidential, and 100% free.
  • Text "start" to 678-678  
  • Call 866-488-7386
teen line
Opening up to someone can be scary. Talking about what you’re dealing with is often hard and a little daunting, but at Teen Line we do everything we can to make it as easy as possible for you. Our only goal is to help you in whatever way we can. No issue is too big or too small. We are here to provide hope and support if you are struggling. We are here to help!
  • Call 800-852-8336 from 8pm to 12am central time
  • or text "TEEN" to 839863 from 8pm to 11pm central time
Offers emotional support and resources before situations rise to crisis level. Texts received reflect struggles with breakups, relationship issues, job loss, bullying, LBGTQIA+ issues, parental issues, school, friends, or just having a bad day. 
  • Text "Hopeline" to 741741
How to talk to your parent or guardian about mental health
  • If you are struggling with your mental health — for example, if you are feeling down or nervous much of the time — it’s important to talk with your parent or guardian and let them know you need help.
  • Some conversations are “bigger” than others, and it’s normal to feel uncertain or worried about sharing something personal or emotional. So, how do you have this conversation?
Friendships and Caring for Your Friends
  • Friendships are some of the most powerful bonds we have. Friends are vital to our mental well-being because they can improve our confidence and self-worth. Sometimes when we’re struggling our friends are the first to notice something is off because they know us so well. Strong friendships can see us through hard times, like illness, breakups, and family drama.
Teen & Tween Mental Health Book Lists from the Greendale Librarydownload (2)

Wellness Resources

These resilience-building practices can help you learn to adapt and recover in the face of adversity.

  • Prioritize healthy relationships: Build a supportive network of people who care about you and spend quality time (even if virtually) with them.
  • Take care of your body: It’s easier to maintain mental and emotional balance when you feel healthy. Make an effort to eat well, get enough sleep, and exercise three or more times a week.
  • Avoid negative outlets: Look for healthy ways to process difficult emotions. Trying to escape these emotions through harmful substance use will create more stress. 
  • Be proactive: We can’t always control our circumstances, but we can take charge of our response. Break problems into manageable tasks and move forward.
  • Practice self-awareness: When stressful events occur, it’s important to take a step back and reflect before we react. It helps to understand where your emotions are coming from before you share them.
  • Learn from the past: Recognize who or what was helpful (or unhelpful) the last time you were in a stressful situation. Remembering other challenges you’ve overcome can help.
  • Ask for help when you need it: Reaching out to family or friends, a health care professional, or a community resource isn’t easy, but knowing how to accept help is a sign of strength
Self-Care Practices 
Your emotional health is no different than your physical health and, just like you do things to stay physically healthy—brushing your teeth, eating well, going to the doctor—there are things you can do every day or on a regular basis to stay emotionally healthy and ready to weather the unavoidable challenges of life. The practices on this page can help you handle setbacks, reset in high-stress moments, and get in touch with—and do—things that help you feel good and emotionally healthy. 

Center for Young Women's Health
An award-winning health website for young women and members of gender minorities around the world. Here, you can find answers to your questions, health guides on a variety of topics, health chats, and more!

Young Men's Health 
Welcome to Young Men's Health, a website for teen guys and young men featuring up-to-date health information. Here, you can find answers to your questions, health guides, & more!

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