Links for the Tough Stuff

Links for the Tough Stuff

Alcohol & Drug Abuse

swirl Al-Anon & AlaTeen

Your inquiry is confidential and anonymous. If you are concerned about someone else's drinking call 888-4AL-ANON, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm ET for meeting information.

Al-Anon's Purpose To help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. Similarly, Alateen is our recovery program for young people. Alateen groups are sponsored by Al-Anon members.

swirl Alcohol & Drug Information from Child.net

You'll hear everything there is to hear about alcohol, ecstasy, speed (meth, crystal), coke, heroin, inhalants, smoking.... So, like, what's the REAL story about drugs and alcohol? (And alcohol is definitely a drug, too...just like nicotine is!) Here, you can learn straight facts about what each drug does, what it doesn't do, and the danger of each...and often, there is real danger....


Domestic Violence, Abuse & Runaways

swirl R.A.I.N.N. (Rape Abuse Incest National Network

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., operates America's only national hotline for victims of sexual assault. The hotline-800.656.HOPE-offers free, confidential counseling and support 24 hours a day, from anywhere in the country.

swirl National Child Abuse Hotline

Childhelp USA® is dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused and neglected children. It does this by focusing its efforts and resources upon treatment, prevention, and research.

swirl Violence Prevention Resources

Violence Prevention Resources is one of several new, comprehensive children's and youth resource guides from Streetcats Foundation and The National Children's Coalition's YOUTH AND CHILDREN RESOURCE NET. Our children and youth continue to be highly at-risk from violence on the street, at school and at home. These resources can help you, your school, neighborhood or city to learn what fosters violence and what can be done to prevent it and to begin conflict resolution and keep our kids safe.

swirl Children of the Night Runaways

Children of the Night is a private, non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded in 1979. We are dedicated to assisting children between the ages of 11 and 17 who are forced to prostitute on the streets for food and a place to sleep. Since 1979 we have rescued more than 10,000 girls and boys from prostitution and the domination of vicious pimps. More than 80 percent of these children have remained off the streets. And we have done all this with private donations.

swirl National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPRC)

The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPRC) was established as a central source of information on prevention and intervention programs, publications, research, and statistics on violence committed by and against children and teens. The resource center is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies.

General & Misc. Websites

swirl The Teen Information Center

Telling it like it is on the top 12 issues facing teens today. Subjects include; depression, teen sexuality, why some kids do dumb things to get attention, also includes hotlines.

swirl HIV & AIDS Information

AVERT is a leading UK based AIDS Education and Medical Research charity. We are responsible for a wide range of education and medical research work with the overall aim of:

  • preventing people from becoming infected with HIV,
  • improving the quality of life of those already infected,
  • through medical research working to develop a cure for AIDS.

swirl Teen Help

Our website is a network made up of a network of peer mentors that have the desire to reach out and "connect" with one another. The members of our staff have not been chosen for their spot-free record, but for the real life experience that they may come in useful in the resolution of fellow teens problems.

swirl Youth2Youth

Many young people find it difficult to talk to adults; some do not trust adults and often young people feel adults just do not understand. Considering the difficulties some young people face when talking to adults there are very few opportunities to contact alternative services. Here at Y2Y we provide that alternative. Our helpline staff are all young people themselves who have been specially trained to help.

The helpline is for any young person under the age of 19 years who feel they need emotional support. Young people who are worried confused or just need to talk can contact our trained volunteers by telephone, email or on-line chat. Whichever way they choose to contact Y2Y they can be assured that their call will be treated confidentially and a young person will be there to give them the support and help they need.

swirl Youth Noise

Gun violence. Curfews. Youth rights. Child exploitation. Hunger. Homelessness. HIV/AIDS. Child abuse. Hate Crimes and Intolerance.

Don't like it? Then sound off. Speak out. Take Action. MAKE SOME NOISE!

YouthNOISE is:

  • ...about maximum volume. It's about the racket a bunch of young people can generate when they get together to make their voices heard.
  • ...about being heard over the negative stereotypes about teens.
  • ...a place where you can raise a RUCKUS about things you don't like, take ACTION and make a DIFFERENCE in issues that affect you.

swirl Teen Advice

The Mission of Teen Advice Online (TAO) is to provide support for teenage problems through a network of peers from around the globe. Worldwide, yet operating as a close knit community via the wonders of technology, TAO recognizes the necessity of working together, assisting humanity in dealing with the challenges of life.

swirl CHADD- Children & Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a national non-profit organization founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children and teens with AD/HD.

swirl National Mental Health Association

The National Mental Health Association (NMHA) is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 340 affiliates nationwide. NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million individuals with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service.

swirl National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders

Founded in 1976, ANAD is the oldest national non-profit organization helping eating disorder victims and their families. In addition to its free hotline counseling, ANAD operates an international network of support groups for sufferers and families, and offers referrals to health care professionals, who treat eating disorders, across the U.S. and in fifteen other countries.

swirl Teen Outreach

Teen OutReach.com deals with many issues teen encounter in their daily life, founded in April 1999, is a nonprofit, initiative supported through the volunteer efforts of youth around the world. High rates of teen problems burden not only teenagers but also their children, families, and communities, while imposing large costs on taxpayers as well.

swirl Teen Health

You're not a little kid anymore. You just have to look in a mirror to see the changes you're going through. But there are more changes going on than ones you can see. You're going through changes inside, too. Your emotions are changing, your attitudes are changing and even the way you think is changing. It's all very normal at this time in your life. You're changing socially, as well. You no longer expect your parents to make all of your decisions for you. You're probably starting to ask more questions and pose more challenges. Teen Health is here to answer you questions. Knowledge for the teenagers and the parents.

swirl Depressed Teen

Welcome to depressedteens.com, an educational site dedicated to help teenagers and their parents and educators understand the signs and symptoms of teenage depression and provide resources for those ready to reach out and get the help they need.


Pregnancy

swirl Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., is the world's largest and most trusted voluntary reproductive health care organization. Founded by Margaret Sanger in 1916 as America's first birth control clinic, Planned Parenthood believes in everyone's right to choose when or whether to have a child, that every child should be wanted and loved, and that women should be in charge of their own destinies.

swirl Pregnancy Helpline

We're here to give you nonjudgmental support and information. This site can answer your questions about pregnancy testing, abortion, adoption, parenting, sexually transmitted diseases, maternity homes, and much more. However, if you have more questions after looking at the information, give us a call. It is toll-free and confidential.

swirl Birthright International

Birthright provides caring, non-judgmental support to girls and women who are distressed by an unplanned pregnancy. Using our own resources and those of the community, Birthright provides positive and loving alternatives to abortion. Birthright provides many services and refers for many more. We provide friendship and emotional support, free pregnancy tests, and maternity and baby clothes. We also provide info and referrals to help clients meet legal, medical, financial, and housing needs. Birthright treats each woman as an individual who deserves kindness and respect, as well as personal attention to her unique situation. And all Birthright services are free, absolutely confidential, and available to any woman regardless of age, race, creed, economic or marital status.

swirl National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, founded in February 1996, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan initiative supported almost entirely by private donations. Its mission is to improve the well-being of children, youth, and families by reducing teen pregnancy. The Campaign's goal is to reduce the teen pregnancy rate by one-third between 1996 and 2005.

High rates of teen pregnancy burden not only teenagers but also their children, families, and communities, while imposing large costs on taxpayers as well. To reduce teenage pregnancy, the Campaign provides a national presence and leadership to raise awareness of the issue and to attract new voices and resources to the cause. It provides concrete assistance to those already working in the field. The Campaign also tries to ease the many disagreements that have plagued both national and local efforts to address this problem.


Suicide Prevention

swirl Yellow Ribbon.Org

Because of the internal nature of depression and loneliness, thousands of youth who appear to be happy are screaming silently in the deepest emotional pain, what can we do? We can help youth with the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention ProgramR! Teens and youth use this very unique program - they are learning a vital life skill and lives are being saved! Chapters, schools & organizations throughout the U.S. and 47 countries use this powerful, collaborative program. We invite you to join with others and help save lives!

swirl Teenage Suicide

This site was put together for both adults looking for some for information in how to prevent this from happening to their children and also for other teens looking for help. Current Statistics

  • For every two homicides in the U.S. there are three suicides.
  • Every hour and forty-five minutes another young person commits suicide.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students and the third-leading cause of death among youth overall (ages 15-24).
  • Teen/youth suicide rates have tripled since 1970.

swirl Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)

The mission of SAVE is to educate about suicide prevention and to speak for suicide survivors.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Of the many millions of Americans who suffer from depression in any given year, 80% can be effectively treated, but only 30% seek help and of that number, slightly more than half are accurately diagnosed and receive appropriate treatment.
  • Every year, 500 Minnesotans die of suicide - and 30,000 suicide deaths occur nationally. The #1 cause of suicide is untreated depression.

swirl American Association of Suicidology

Welcome to the website of the American Association of Suicidology, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide. This site is designed as a resource for anyone concerned about suicide, including AAS members, suicide researchers, therapists, prevention specialists, survivors of suicide, and people who are themselves in crisis.

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