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Mental Health Resources for Teens

depress photoTaking the first step in seeking support for any issues you’re dealing with deserves major props: It’s brave, it’s smart, and it’s an act of self-love. For adults, it can be tricky to navigate what those next steps are, and it can be even tougher for teens.

Teen Vogue spoke to experts from across the country and researched options for teens who need help—anywhere, anytime, and on any budget, whether you are in a crisis or looking for ongoing support or medical treatment for a number of conditions. One of the resources recommended by nearly every expert is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Another that received high marks for providing advice and guidance is Advocacy Unlimited.

The article also lists several resources for teens who are dealing with violence and abuse, or are part of the LGBTQ community, and offers some conversation starters for discussing your challenges with your family and what steps you can take to enlist the support of  other adults in your life if needed.

As licensed counselor and professor at the Family Institute at Northwestern Dr. Michele Kerulis said, “If you are reading this or know someone who could benefit from reading this, please know you are not alone. Sometimes teens feel so bad, they imagine that nobody will understand them or know how to help them. No matter how bad you feel, I promise there is someone out there who has felt similar emotions.”

Read the full article in Teen Vogue online.

Photo by jo hardell.

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