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Resources for Teens

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TeenzTalk – A Global Teen Community [web resource]

TeenzTalkNadia Ghaffari founded TeenzTalk.org as a sophomore at Los Altos High School in Los Altos, California.  Ghaffari believes that teens are more likely to listen & relate to other teens on topics including stress-management & overcoming disappointment, failure, or challenges. TeenzTalk.org places the focus on positive teen-to-teen influence. 

The purpose of TeenzTalk is to empower teens through peer-to-peer connections. TeenzTalk is a global community where teenagers can share their stories, inspire each other and learn from each other’s challenging experiences. By connecting to a larger community of teens, it allows adolescents to stimulate and motivate one another in their search for self-identity. Read more ›

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Questions and Answers About Suicide [downloadable]

nimh-q-and-aThe National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) answers questions about suicide and suicidal thoughts/behaviors in young people including risk factors, warning signs, resources, social media, reporting on suicide, and prevention.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported  that in 2014, suicide was the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10–24. Although these numbers may make suicide seem common, it is still a rare event. Suicidal thoughts or behaviors are more common than suicide deaths and are signs of extreme distress.

Suicidal thoughts and behaviors are not harmless bids for attention and should not be ignored. Read more ›

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Born This Way Foundation [web resource]

LadyGagaFoundationLogoBorn This Way Foundation was launched in 2012 by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta. The foundation focuses on researching, learning, and developing programs to support their mission—connecting young people in safe ways and empowering them with the skills and opportunities that will inspire them to create a kinder and braver world.

Born This Way Foundation is committed to supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world. Read more ›

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Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health [web resource]

be vocal logoApproximately 44 million adults – 1 in 5 Americans – of every race, gender, religion and socio-economic status is diagnosed with a mental health condition in any given year.

Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health, a partnership between Demi Lovato, who is living with bipolar disorder, and leading mental health advocacy organizations, is an initiative encouraging people across America to use their voice in support of mental health. Be Vocal aims to empower adults living with mental health conditions to speak up when talking with their professional support team and to speak up as a community to advance mental health in America. Read more ›

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Why Stanford Is Training Teens To Preach the Importance of Shut-Eye

alarm clockAccording to the CDC, as many as 70 percent of high school students do not get enough sleep.

For decades, information about the importance of sleep has been targeted at parents and school boards. But now, Stanford University’s Center for Sleep Sciences is attempting to tackle the issue by taking their message directly to teens. Read more ›

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Internet Safety Resource: NSTeens [web resource]

students-with tabletNetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement.

NSTeens was created to teach tweens and teens about making safer choices online. The engaging instructional resources include animated videos, Read more ›

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Stay Connected with the MY3 App

MY3 suicide prevention Children's Health Council California Mental Health Services Authority has developed an app called MY3 that helps someone struggling with tough emotions or having thoughts of suicide to reach out to others for support.

Free from the Apple App Store and Google Play, with MY3, the user define his or her safety plan and a network of three individuals who can help when it’s needed most. It’s simple. . . .
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How Peers Can Help With Teen Mental Health

Under the direction of Dr. Ramsey Khasho, CHC staff members and other expert contributors provide answers to questions about the serious issue of teen anxiety and depression in our community.
“How Peers Can Help” provides suggestions for the ways in which peers can support a friend dealing with anxiety and depression. Read more ›
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