Websites Especially for Teens

Teens have many important questions and concerns about themselves, their friends, and their parents, but figuring out who to ask about what and when isn’t always easy. These mental health resources provide a wealth of information and advice which can help you to find answers to your questions, to better understand the changes that you (or your friends) are undergoing, and to make smart decisions about your life.

The resources below are divided into the following categories:

Common Teen Concerns

Center for Young Women’s Health and Young Men’s Health

These websites provides a series of guides on physical health, emotional health, including on test anxiety, depression, bullying, and eating disorders for young women and young men. It also included an "Ask Us Questions" section where teens can anonymously ask questions and recieve answers back that are published online.

Go Ask Alice!

Go Ask Alice! is a health Q&A Internet resource. It provides readers with reliable, accurate, accessible, culturally competent information and a range of thoughtful perspectives so that they can make responsible decisions concerning their health and well-being. Go Ask Alice! answers questions about alcohol & other drugs, emotional health, nutrition & physical activity, general health, relationships, and sexual & reproductive health. If you've thought about a health question, it's likely on Go Ask Alice! If you don't find the Health Answer you're looking for, then ask Alice! Keep in mind, Go Ask Alice! provides health information and does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment advice, or a second opinion for health conditions. If you have an existing ailment or an urgent health problem, consult with a health care provider before acting on information contained here.

Helpguide.org

This is a non-profit guide to mental health and well-being. The teenage years can be full of pressure, uncertainty, and change, and it’s normal to worry sometimes. Whatever challenges you’re facing, there is help available.

Love is Respect

This site provides access to the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, a phone and internet resource operated by the National Domestic Violence Hotline. This Helpine and web site were designed exclusively for teens so they can contact a trained peer or adult advocate anonymously and confidentially. The Helpline and loveisrespect.org offer real-time one-on-one support, information, and advocacy to those involved in dating abuse relationships, as well as to concerned parents, teachers, clergy, law enforcement, and service providers.

Massachusetts Youth Council

The Youth Development Committee (YDC) was formally established as a sub-committee of the Massachusetts State Mental Health Planning Council in 2002 to focus on transition age programming (defined as those individuals between the ages of 16 and 25) and to create a voice for youth. It continues to serve as an advisory board to the Mental Health Planning Council, and has been key in the development of the Department of Mental Health’s (DMH) Transition Age Youth (TAY) Initiative. Meetings occur on the 4th Monday (pending holiday) of every other month in Boston, MA.

Safe Teens

This offers a free and confidential place for teens to explore common concerns around practicing safe sex, body image concers, drugs and alcohol, relationships, and nutrition and exercise. SafeTeens is a program of Maternal and Family Health Services, Inc.

Stay Teen

Stay Teen is a website that encourages teens to enjoy their teen years and avoid the responsibilities that come with too-early pregnancy and parenting. Created by the The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, this website provides information about issues like sex, relationships, waiting, and contraception, so teens can make informed choices for their futures.

Start Strong

Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships (Start Strong) is the largest initiative ever funded to prevent teen dating violence and abuse by teaching 11- to- 14-year-olds about healthy relationships. This innovative approach to prevention is rallying entire communities to promote healthy relationships and prevent teen dating violence in middle schools.

Teens Against Bullying

Created by and for teens, this website is a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, to take action, to be heard, and to own an important social cause.  Connect with other teens who have experienced bullying, learn more about what bullying is, get support, and learn steps to help take action to end bullying in your school or community!

The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction

An understanding of how the brain of an adolescent is changing may help explain a puzzling contradiction of adolescence: young people at this age are close to a lifelong peak of physical health, strength, and mental capacity, and yet, for some, this can be a hazardous age. The more we learn, the better we may be able to understand the abilities and vulnerabilities of teens, and the significance of this stage for life-long mental health.

Teen HealthFX

This site provides teens with an online resource for answers to any and all of their questions regarding their mental and physical health, relationships, their body and their sexuality. Questions are answered by a professional staff, and the site includes an “Emotional Health Quiz” and advice “For Teens by Teens".

TeenHelp.com

TeenHelp.com was developed for parents of teens as well as teens going through common adolescent development issues. There are facts sheets, statistics and informative guides on topics such as self-esteem, suicide, depression, sexual abuse/trauma, substance use and developing positive relationships and moral values.

The Cool Spot

Created for young teens, this site quizzes kids about how much drinking is really going on in the U.S. and depicts why using alcohol as a solution to problems or a way of coping is trouble. It also presents animated scenes that invite kids to identify and resist common peer pressure “tricks” and helps kids learn the most effective ways to say “no.”

Mental Health Resources for Teens

Body Image and Self-Esteem

This website discusses body-postive thinking and how to overcome negative body image issues in order to increase self-esteem levels.

Born This Way Foundation

Born This Way Foundation is committed to supporting the wellness of young people, and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world. They achieve this by shining a light on real people, quality research, and authentic partnerships. They also have an active blog, extensive resource list, and hotlines to call in the event of a crisis. 

Dealing With Depression

This website is meant for teens who have been coping with depressed mood. This resource teaches a set of skills that teens can apply to their own life to overcome depression. It is meant to provide teens and concerned adults with accurate information about depression. This online resource is based on and complementary to Dealing with Depression: Antidepresssant Skills for Teens (Bilsker, Gilbert, Worling & Garland, 2005).

For Young People Looking for Help

Mental health problems don't only affect adults. Children, teens and young adults can have mental health problems, too. In fact, three out of four people with mental health problems showed signs before they were 24 years old. This website offers a lot of information on how to talk about mental health and where to get help if you or someone you know needs it.

Foundry

Here you will find health and wellness online resources and tools about healthy living, mental health, substance use and navigating tough times for young people ages 12-24.

Girls Health.Gov

The "Your Feelings" section of this website offers guidance to teenage girls on recognizing a mental health problem, getting help, and talking to parents. 

Half of Us

Half of Us, mtvU and The Jed Foundation aim to initiate a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help. The goal is to provide information about mental health and help teens and young adults find needed resources. The website also hosts interviews woth celebrities who has struggles with substance abuse and mental health issues.

Mindfulness for Teens

This website has resources to help teens use mindfulness to handle stress and includes apps to practice meditation and guided mediation recordings. 

My Life My Choice | Justice Resource Institute

My Life My Choice is the only anti-human trafficking organization in Massachusetts employing a survivor-led model proven effective in helping young people leave harmful situations and build new lives for themselves. Serves girls in Eastern Massachusetts between the ages of 12 and 18. In 2014, they launched a pilot program serving boys and transgender youth between the ages of 12-18 (currently limited to the Boston area).

Project UROK

Project UROK is an inclusive community with expert mental health resources for teens and young adults who are committed to ending the stigma and isolation of struggling with mental illness. UROK offers a safe space for young people to share powerful personal stories, find the help and support they need most, and hear the empowering message: You are not alone. You are okay. 

Teen Mental Health

This website has lots of information about mental health including specific information about disorders, but also about the teen brain, importance of sleep, and other issues impacting teens.  There's also stories from teens about living with certain mental health issues, and sections for friends, teachers, parents and health professionals about how to help teens struggling with mental health concerns.

Teens Health

Providing a safe place for teens who need honest and accurate information, this website provides resources on mental health issues. 

For Teens Struggling with Substance Abuse

National Institute on Drug Abuse: Students & Young Adults

The “Students & Young Adults” section gives information and resources about drugs, smoking, marijuana, steroids, prescription medications, and other topics.

Teens: Drug Use and the Brain

This website offers teens the latest information on how drugs affect the brain and body. The site is interactive providing information utilizing videos, blog posts, games, polls and challenges and other visuals to explain the facts and dangers of drug usage to teens.  

The Herren Project-Project Purple Initiative

The mission of The Herren Project is to provide assistance in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety, educational programs and resources to increase awareness on the signs of addiction and bring hope for a better tomorrow.  The Project Purple initiative encourages people of all ages to “Go Purple” and stand up to substance abuse. Although open to all ages, the initiative is specifically directed to the target audience of school aged youth and teenagers promoting good decision making and a sober culture within schools.

Young People in Recovery

The national leadership team creates and cultivates local community-led chapters through grassroots organizing and training. Chapters support young people in or seeking recovery by empowering them to obtain stable employment, secure suitable housing, and explore continuing education. Chapters also advocate on the local and state levels for better accessibility of these services and other effective recovery resources.

Get Connected! Hotlines, Text or Chat Services for Mental Health Support

Depression Forums

The mission of ths forum is to create an atmosphere that is both supportive and informative in a caring, safe environment for  members to talk to their peers about depression, anxiety, mood disorders, medications, therapy and recovery.

IM Hear-Samaritans

IM Hear is the teen-to-teen online instant messaging program of our Befriending Services. It is dedicated specifically to providing online emotional support and to the prevention of suicide among teens. Begun in 2012, this teen online chat service provides confidential peer support and understanding to teens who are struggling with feelings of depression, loneliness and stress. When trained, Samariteens (volunteers between the ages of 15 and 18) are available so IM Hear will operate Monday through Thursday from 6pm –€“ 9pm.

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone is a free and anonymous service available in Canada 24/7 for counseling and information for young people.  In addition to providing phone or online counseling options, their website provides a wealth of online resources available to child and teens to build on skills and abilities they might need to learn about or improve their emotional health and well-being.

NEDA

NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. NEDA's programs and services are designed to help you find the help and support you need. They also have a Helpline available Monday-Thursday from 9AM to 9PM and Friday from 9AM to 5PM for support, resources and treatment options.

OK2TALK

The goal of OK2TALK is to create a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourage them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Anyone can add their voice by sharing creative content such as poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support in a safe, moderated space. 

Strength Of Us 

This is an online community developed by NAMI and young adults. It's designed to inspire young adults impacted by mental health issues to think positive, stay strong and achieve their goals through peer support and resource sharing.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project provides crisis support through its accredited, free and confidential phone, instant message and text messaging crisis intervention services. Focus on suicide prevention, The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth and resources for youth and adults. The Trevor Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 or connect through Text or Chat.

ULifeline

ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding emotional health.  You can also connect with support by texting "START" to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

You Matter

You Matter is a movement to spread the word that your problems, your worries, your fears, and above all you—unique and real you—matter. And because just about everyone—at some point—hits the wall, we’re here to help.You Matter was created by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to let people know that suicide is preventable. If you need support, call 1-800-273-8255 or chat with the lifeline.

Your Life, Your Voice

Your Life, Your Voice is supported by the Boys Town National Hotline, and provides several ways for teens to get connected with someone to discuss any issue that is impacting them in the moment such as feeling depressed, contemplating suicide, being physically or sexually abused, on the run, addicted, threatened by gang violence, fighting with a friend or parent, or if you are faced with an overwhelming challenge.  You can call 1-800-448-3000, Text VOICE to 20121 to start, chat or email from their website to get support, guidance, and resources.  Their website also features a variety of journal pages if you just want a way to start to sort out your thoughts on your own.

Youthbeyondblue

beyondblue is working to reduce the impact of depression and anxiety in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience.  It also offers a 24 hr hotline and an online chat between 3pm-12am for teens feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed.

Resources for Young Adults

College Guide for Students With Psychiatric Disabilities

This website is a comprehensive guide detailing the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disabilities such as depression, ADHD, eating disorders and anxiety and the educational challenges college students with these mental disorders face. It also discusses campus services, course accommodations and strategies that students can use to assist them when they go to college.

College Internship Program - Berkshire

The College Internship Program at the Berkshire Center provides individualized, post-secondary academic, internship and independent living experiences for young adults with Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD and other Learning Differences. Learn more by calling 877-566-9247.

Going to College

This Web site contains information about living college life with a disability. It’s designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities and additional resources that can help you get a head start in planning for college. Through several interviews, college students with disabilities from across Virginia provided key information for the site. The site also includes several activities that will help you to explore more about yourself, learn what to expect from college and equip you with important considerations and tasks to complete when planning for college. Share these with your parents, teachers and guidance counselor — you might just teach them a thing or two.

Pathways for Postive Futures

The Research and Training Center (RTC) for Pathways to Positive Futures aims to improve the lives of youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions through rigorous research and effective training and dissemination. Our work is guided by the perspectives of young people and their families, and based in a positive development framework.  

Speaking of Hope

This web site was created to be the go-to site to connect young adults who have lived mental health experiences.The site was created by young adults, for young adults and includes resources, job boards, and support group listings.

Voices 4 Hope

Voices4Hope is a website created by a group of young adults with mental health challenges that work in the Transitions RTC. The goal of this site is to connect young adults with mental health challenges across the country so we can find out about things that are important to living happily and independently.  This website also lists all the Youth Councils in Massachusetts where teens and young adults can get involved, and help share their ideas and input about how to improve services that directly impact them!

Find Ways to Fight Stigma!

Make it Ok

“Make It OK” is a campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illnesses. The organizations listed here have pledged their commitment to change the hearts and minds about the misperceptions of mental illnesses by encouraging open conversations and education on the topic.

No Stigmas

The goal of "No Stigmas" the elimination of stigma toward mental health concerns. Their website offers free membership to anyone who agrees to uphold core values of respect, community support and advocacy for others, personal responsibility, and the elimination of stigma. Membership includes tools for awareness; informational content; and access to peer groups, events, and e-learning courses. Visitors in need of support can connect online with peers, obtain information about free or low-cost counseling resources and services, and access wellness information and treatment tools.

Time to Change

"Time to Change" is a campaign to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. They are dedicated to making sure that no one ever has to fear being treated differently because of a mental health problem.