Your Life Iowa
Text: “TALK” to 855-895-TEXT (8398)
Chat & Information: yourlifeiowa.org
Your Life Iowa, a service of the Iowa Department of Public Health and The Crisis Center of Johnson County, Iowa provides confidential crisis counseling for kids, teens and young adults who are depressed or faced with an overwhelming challenge. Youth or people with questions or concerns about youth issues can call or chat 24/7 or use the text service 2-10pm. The website also has information about bullying and suicide prevention.
Your Life Your Voice / Boys Town
Boys Town provides confidential crisis counseling for kids, teens and young adults who are depressed or faced with an overwhelming challenge. They offer a 24/7 phone hotline and have chat and email services through their website.
Hotline (local): 1-310-855-HOPE (4673)
Hotline (toll free): 1-800-TLC-TEEN (852-8336) (toll-free in California only)
Email & Information: teenlineonline.org
Text: “TEEN” to 839863
Teen Line is a teen-to-teen hotline and community outreach program offering information on their website and crisis counseling counseling through their phone, text and email crisis services. The hotlines are open every night from 8:00pm to midnight CT to help adolescents address their problems in a confidential, anonymous and comfortable manner. Text services are available 7:30pm to 11:30pm CT. No problem is too small, too large, or too shocking for the TEEN LINE volunteers.
ReachOut USA has information for teens and young adults about mental health issues such as being bullied, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts and self-injury as well as forums for users to communicate and support each other, blogs for sharing stories and referrals for getting help.
Very thorough informational site with info on all kinds of issues that teens face, including depression, bullying, drugs/alcohol, sexual health, etc.
National Runaway Safeline
24/7 Safeline: 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)
The National Runaway Safeline is for helping minors who might want to run away from home, are on the run, want to come home or find themselves homeless. They offer crisis counseling, message relay, conference calling, help getting reunited with family and information and referrals. NRS is staffed by trained peer volunteer counselors dedicated to non-judgmental, collaborative and confidential support.
Covenant House offers a number of services for homeless youth, including shelter, street outreach, education programs and job training at their various locations across the United States. Their NINELINE phone and chat services are currently unavailable and the National Runaway Switchboard has taken over those services.
LoveIsRespect.org / National Dating Abuse Helpline
Text: “loveis” to 22522
Chat & Information: www.loveisrespect.org
NDAH and loveisrespect.org offer information and one-on-one peer counseling about healthy vs. abusive relationships and dating/domestic violence. Young adult peer advocates staff their confidential helpline and text and chat services. The services are directed towards young adults, but no one is turned down.
Embrace the Future – Resiliency for Kids and Teens
Embrace the Future is a site that focuses on teaching young people resiliency: the capacity to cope with and overcome adversity.
Kids Help Phone
Information & Forums: www.kidshelpphone.ca
Kids Help Phone is a Canadian service that has a website for kids and another for teens. The sites have a lot of great information on various youth issues, including bullying as well as forums for posting your questions and stories, plus tools, quizzes and games to help you relax, get things off your chest or practice positive thinking techniques. (Note: The Kids Help Phone hotline is only available to people in Canada)
Information & Chat: www.iamincontrol.org
This website is updated often with new posts on various health and wellness topics so that young people can be informed and take control over their own lives and become healthy adults. Their website offers an online chat service as well.
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