Problems that teenagers are faced with today can take so many forms. Even in stable, solid family units, teenagers will face confusion and uncertainty with themselves and life. But in today’s world of divorce, broken homes, unsafe sex and alcohol abuse, teenagers face issues that show themselves in different ways to different individuals.
Here is a look into problems and issues that teenagers deal with as they learn about life, choices and the power of their own voice and beliefs. Common teenager problems include:
* Body Image* Sibling Rivalry* Divorce* Teenage Pregnancy* Practicing Safe Sex* Teen Dating* Schooling & Jobs* Drugs & Alcohol* Eating Disorders* Weight Struggles* Acne* Gangs* Sexuality* Domestic Violence* Discrimination*
It is important to ask for help when you need it. Never think that you have to carry your burdens by yourself. The strongest people are the ones who are humble enough to realize that they cannot do it all on their own, and they need support and advice from others.
TEEN ASSISTANCE HOTLINES
This is a place you can call no matter what you think your problem is, and even if you aren’t sure, but are just feeling bad, sad or unhappy.
CALL ANY TIME FOR
TEEN LINE Online
Girls and Boys Town
Call With any
Open 24 hours a day, everyday
California Youth Crisis Line
1 (800) 843-5200
1 (800) 999-9999
1 (800) 850-8078
National Runaway Switchboard
1 (800) 621-4000
RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT
(Rape, Abuse, Incest
Child Abuse Hotline
(to report abuse)
Child Help USA
(counseling for child abuse)
800-230-PLAN www.Plannedparenthood.org Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Counseling and referral. 888-672-2296 America’s Pregnancy Helpline Information on pregnancy options. Special section for teens.
CTIS Pregnancy Risk Information www.ctispregnancy.org
California Teratogen Information Service (CTIS)
Information about prescriptive and non-prescriptive drugs, street drugs, alcohol, chemicals, infectious diseases and any other physical agents which may be harmful to an unborn child. Campaign for our Children Abstinence education and pregnancy prevention guide for teens.
800-DONT-CUT 800-366-8288 SAFE (Self-Abuse Finally Ends) www.selfinjury.com
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES
AIDS and STD’s National Hotline
English 1(800) 342-2437
Spanish 1(800) 344-7432
National STD Hotline
Mon-Fri, 5 AM-8 PM
California HIV Test sites: http://www.centerLB.org
ALCOHOL & DRUGS
1 (888) 684-6444
Meth Addiction Help
call 1-800-66-AYUDA (27832)
or visit the
Substance Abuse Treatment
Facility Locator .
For additional treatment
resources, please see the
LINKS section .
Help with quitting smoking.
Sexuality and relationship information from Planned Parenthood.
LYRIC (Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center)
Free and anonymous Youth Talk line/Info line provides peer support, health and sexuality information, and referrals to youth callers throughout the state of California.
PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Support, education and advocacy. Find a community chapter.
GRIEF SUPPORT AND EDUCATION
Directory of San Francisco Bay Area Resources for Grief And Life-Threatening Illness
Compassionate support to those who are grieving a death or facing a life-threatening illness.
English and Spanish
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Nat’l child abuse hotline.
A service, partnered with the Human Relations Commission, for listening, reporting, and follow-up of incidences of discrimination and hate crimes.
(California & Nevada)
Disabilities/Handicapped Crisis Line
Information and referrals by and for people with disabilities.
Weekdays,12 – 8 p.m.
Weekends, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Teenage Health Resource Line
Confidential health information for teens.