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Resources for Parenting Teens

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs

Al-Anon/Alateen: http://www.al-anon.alateen.org
Resources for family members of alcoholics and teen alcoholics

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): http://www.aa.org
Referrals to local alcohol and drug-dependency units and self-help groups

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT): http://www.samhsa.gov/about-us/who-we-are/offices-centers/csa
Promotes the quality and availability of community-based substance abuse treatment services for individuals and families.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): http://www.nida.nih.gov/
The latest research and science-based information on substance abuse.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): http://www.samhsa.gov/
Resources on substance abuse and treatment, including the most recent studies and findings.
**Includes an online treatment center locator, contact numbers for getting help in a crisis situation, and a suicide prevention hotline.**

For Teens:
NIDA for Teens: http://teens.drugabuse.gov/
A just-for-teens version of the National Institute on Drug Abuse web site, providing information about drugs and their effects, real stories about teens and drugs, activities, and other teen-focused information.

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD): http://www.sadd.org
A peer leadership organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving, teen violence and teen depression and suicide. (Previously known as Students Against Drunk Driving)

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center: http://www.edreferral.com/
Searchable database of anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorder professionals and treatment centers.

National Eating Disorders Association: www.nationaleatingdisorders.org
Provides education, resources and support to those affected by eating disorders.

The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt: http://www.eatingdisorder.org
Provides information about eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and compulsive overeating. Includes information about treatment programs.

Sexuality and Pregnancy

Talking with your Teen about Sex (from the Mayo Clinic): www.mayoclinic.com/health/sex-education/CC00032
Sex education is offered in many schools, but don't count on classroom instruction alone. Sex education needs to happen at home, too. Here's help talking to your teen about sex.

Get the conversation started with the "Let's Talk Guide": www.gcapp.org
This guide from the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential provides tips, conversation starters, and scenarios for talking with teens about puberty, sex, sexuality, love, and relationships.

HIV and AIDS—Facts and Prevention (from the Centers for Disease Control — CDC): www.cdc.gov/hiv
As a part of its overall public health mission, CDC provides accurate information about the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Planned Parenthood: http://www.plannedparenthood.org
Provides family services for pregnancy and parenthood with a sliding rate scale. Has offices throughout the country.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases—Facts and Prevention (from the Centers for Disease Control—CDC): www.cdc.gov/STD
As a part of its overall public health mission, CDC provides accurate information about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

For Teens:
Stay Teen: http://www.stayteen.org
An organization for teens, promoting the idea of “staying teen” instead of becoming parents. Teens are encouraged to post home-made videos.

LGBTQ Issues

Creating an LGBT-inclusive School Climate www.tolerance.org/lgbt-best-practices
An online guide to best practices compiled to give school leaders the knowledge they need to create a climate in which their most vulnerable students feel safe and valued..

P-FLAG: http://community.pflag.org
PFLAG (Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is a national non-profit organization that advocates equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) persons and aims to educate the public and end GLBT discrimination.

For Teens:
The Rainbow Book List: http://glbtrt.ala.org/rainbowbooks/rainbow-books-lists
Created by the Rainbow Book List Committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association, this list is an annual bibliography of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content, which are recommended for people from birth through eighteen years of age.


Stop Bullying.gov www.stopbullying.gov
Bullying can happen anywhere and to anyone. Help stop bullying at school, online, and in the community..

Internet Use

For Teens:
Teen Internet Safety Tips: teens.webmd.com/features/teen-internet-safety-tips/
Practical advice for teens.

Mental Health

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: http://www.afsp.org
Non-profit organization dedicated to funding the research and education needed to prevent suicide.
**Includes contact numbers for suicide prevention and crisis management.**

Depressed Anonymous: http://www.depressedanon.com/
A network of support groups that provide therapeutic resources for depressed individuals of all ages.

Mental Health America: http://www.nmha.org
Nonprofit organization providing information on a wide range of mental health topics.
**Includes a therapist locator.**

National Mental Health Information Center: http://www.mentalhealth.gov
A searchable database of articles, studies, reports, and other publications addressing issues related to mental health, administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
**Includes an online treatment center locator, contact numbers for getting help in a crisis situation, and a suicide prevention hotline.**

Suicide and Depression Awareness for Students: http://www.afsp.org
An expert-driven guide to understanding and preventing suicide among students. Provides insight on what depression is and the effects of depression, as well as advice for those experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts. Also offers warning signs of suicide and advice for students who are experiencing or know someone who is displaying these signs.

Psychology Self-Help Resources on the Internet: http://www.psychwww.com/resource/selfhelp.htm
An alphabetical list of web sites that address psychology-related issues such as sexuality, relationship problems, sleep disorders, panic attacks, violent behavior, depression, suicide, and ADD/ADHD.
**Includes a list of therapist locator sites.**

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) page for teens and young adults:
Provides teen-friendly information about getting help, helping a friend, and managing mental health while in college.

S.A.F.E. Alternatives: www.selfinjury.com/
SAFE (Self Abuse Finally Ends) offers a treatment approach, a professional network, and an educational resource base to help achieve an end to self-injurious behavior such as cutting.


Boys and Girls Clubs of America: http://www.bgca.org
Boys & Girls Clubs offer “a safe place to learn and grow” for children and teens. Programs and services help boys and girls develop a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

Talking with Kids: http://www.talkingwithkids.org
Offers practical, concrete tips and techniques for talking easily and openly with your child or teen about tough issues such as sex, HIV/AIDS, violence, drugs and alcohol.