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Teen Conversations

Pressure to fit in. To look a certain way. To act a certain way.

These are just some of the pressures you might face during your teenage years. But there’s nothing more powerful than staying true to who you are. 


Are you feeling weighed down by pressure, and don’t know what to do? It might help if you talked to someone. There are lots of great resources available. Here are just a few to get you started.

Get help immediately by calling 1-800-448-3000 (24 hours a day / 7 days a week)

Need help dealing with a drug or alcohol problem?

Drug Facts
Get quick facts about drug risks.

NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
Get more facts about the science behind drugs and addiction.

Concerned about your parents alcohol or drug abuse?

When Your Parents Use Drugs
Learn more about your parent’s drug use and answers to questions you might have.

National Association for Children of Alcoholics
For more information and help.

For more information and help.

Your parent can call SAMHSA for help.
Call 1-800-662-HELP(4357), 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Need free drug information or treatment in your area?

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
For free resources or referrals to treatment, visit SAMSHA website to download information or to speak to someone now, call the help line.
Call 1-800-662-HELP, 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Having trouble coping with pressure and want to talk to a counselor right now?

Boys Town National Hotline
Boys Town National Hotline is a 24-hour crisis, resource and referral line staffed by highly-trained counselors who can respond to your questions about family and school problems, pregnancy, suicide, chemical dependency, sexual and physical abuse. They also have a chat room staffed with trained counselors.
Call 1-800-448-3000, 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Covenant House “NineLine” Hotline
This is a general hotline for teens with any kind of problem – from substance abuse to family and school problems to relationships, The Covenant House’s expertise is in dealing with homeless and runaway youth.
Call 1-800-999-9999, 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Looking for advice on other topics?

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. Its mission is to provide immediate assistance to anyone seeking mental health services. Call for yourself, or someone you care about. The call is free and confidential.
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

National Eating Disorders Association
The National Eating Disorders Association provides a toll-free helpline to connect people with resources, information, or referrals to national and local treatment providers.
Call 1-800-931-2237, Available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

S.A.F.E. Alternatives
Self-injury is known by many names, including self-abuse, cutting, self-mutilation, or deliberate self-harm. S.A.F.E. Alternatives is a nationally recognized group that provides counseling, treatment referrals, and resources if you need help. This toll-free 800 number is an information line, but hotline information is available on the S.A.F.E. website.
Call 1-800-DONTCUT (366-8288), Available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

The goal of this site, provided by the Office of Women’s Health, is to provide advice to girls to help them remain healthy physically and mentally. The site provides useful information on health issues, relationships, nutrition, and dealing with stress.

Cool Spot
This Web site is focused on helping younger teens get the facts on underage drinking and avoiding alcohol. The site is provided by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Youth Violence

Be proactive. We can access many organizations and online information resources to learn more about how they can support their LGB teen, other family members, and their teen’s friends.

The ultimate goal is to stop youth violence before it starts. Several prevention strategies have been identified.

Bisexual students are often at highest risk. Binge drinking, for example, was a problem for 15.9% to 44.4% of straight students and for 17.3% to 44.4% of gay students, but it hit 33% to 63.3% of bisexual students.

According to recent gay bullying statistics, gay and lesbian teens are two to three times as more likely to commit teen suicide than other youths. About 30 percent of all completed suicides have been related to sexual identity crisis. Students who also fall into the gay, bisexual, lesbian or transgendered identity groups report being five times as more likely to miss school because they feel unsafe after being bullied due to their sexual orientation. About 28 percent out of those groups feel forced to drop out of school altogether. Although more and more schools are working to crack down on problems with bullying, teens are still continuing to bully each other due to sexual orientation and other factors.

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