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Get Your Teen Screened for Depression

More than 1 in 10 teens have some symptoms of depression. Ask your teen’s doctor to screen your child for depression.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Talk with Your Teen About Healthy Relationships

Find out how to help your teen build safe and healthy relationships.

Review Date: April 19, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Teen Help Lines

If you are a teen facing problem, here are names and phone numbers of organizations that can help.

Review Date: November 08, 2012

KidsPeace

Bright Futures Previsit Questionnaire: 15 to 17 Year Visits- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in conversations with your doctor about your home and school life, as well as your physical, emotional and sexual health.

Review Date: March 12, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

After the Emergency is Over: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Youth- (PDF)

This fact sheet defines post-traumatic stress disorder, lists common symptoms, and provides adults with tips on how to help children and youth who have suffered a traumatic event.

Review Date: May 22, 2014

Emergency Medical Services for Children

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents

If you see the signs or symptoms of bipolar disorder in your child or adolescent, it is important to seek a professional evaluation. Learn to recognize both types of mood disturbances--depression and mania--that can occur in bipolar disorders.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Boys Town National Hotline

Teens and families can call 1-800-448-3000 around the clock to speak with a trained counselor for help with depression, stress, peer pressure, suicidal thoughts, parenting problems, runaways, relationship issues, abuse, and much more. Translations and TDD line: 1-800-448-1833.

Review Date: December 09, 2012

Boys Town

Children and Divorce

Talking to children about divorce is difficult. Here are some tips that may help both the child and parents handle the challenge and stress of these conversations.

Review Date: November 13, 2014

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

College Students and Mental Health

A comprehensive guide to help college students identify common mental health disorders, their warning signs, when to seek treatment and how to manage them.

Review Date: October 03, 2014

Learn Psychology

Cutting

Injuring yourself on purpose by making scratches or cuts on your body with a sharp object is called cutting. When emotions don't get expressed in a healthy way, tension can build up. Cutting may be an attempt to relieve that extreme tension.

Review Date: September 13, 2011

The Nemours Foundation

Dealing With Feelings

Confused, sad, mad, glad? Check out these articles to learn about these emotions and many more - and how to deal with them.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Feeling Sad

Do you know the difference between having the blues and having depression? Read this article to learn more about your feelings.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

For Kids: Going to a Psychologist, Psychiatrist, or Therapist

Therapists can talk with kids and help them figure out what is causing problems at school or at home. This document discusses why a kid would see a therapist and what happens during a therapy visit.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Girlshealth.gov: Relationships

This site features articles and tools on healthy dating, building relationships in the community, helping your daughter deal with divorce, and tips for handling relationship issues with siblings.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Healthy Relationship Quiz

Everyone deserves to be in a safe and healthy relationship. Take this quiz to find out if your relationship is healthy.

Review Date: January 22, 2013

Break the Cycle

Helping a Child Manage Fears After a Traumatic Event

Large-scale tragedies such as bombing incidents and school shootings can be extremely disturbing to children, who thrive on predictability and security. This fact sheet discusses some ways to help children cope with fears associated with violent trauma.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

Sidran Institute

Helping Teenagers With Stress

Teenagers, like adults, may experience stress everyday and can benefit from learning stress management skills. Teens that develop a "relaxation response” and other stress management skills feel less helpless and have more choices when responding to stress.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

How Can I Improve My Self Esteem?

If you feel that your self-esteem isn't all it could be, you can improve it. Here are some tips to help you.

Review Date: February 17, 2011

The Nemours Foundation

Kids: Story on Stress

Stress happens when you are worried or uncomfortable about something. You may feel angry, frustrated, scared, or afraid. This article will help kids manage stress.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Kids: Stress-O-Meter

Kids can click through these 8 questions to get a presonal stress profile.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Kids: The Story on Self-Esteem

Self-esteem can have a big part to play in how you feel about yourself and also how much you enjoy things or worry about things. The most important thing to know about self-esteem is that it means seeing yourself in a positive way that's realistic.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning Youth

NCFY’s articles and resources can help youth-serving organizations understand and more effectively support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth

Members: National Network for Youth

Locate community-based organizations by state that provide street-based services, emergency shelter, transitional living programs, counseling, and social, health, educational and job-related services to over 2.5 million youth each year.

Review Date: December 23, 2012

National Network for Youth

Opening Lifesaving Lines- (PDF)

Studies have shown that in families with more open communication, teens are less likely to engage in dangerous risk-taking behavior. This page is designed to facilitate communication between parents and teens about life decisions, peer pressure and destructive behavior.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)

Preventing Violence After a Natural Disaster

The increased stress associated with family disruption, challenges in meeting daily needs, as well as disruptions in law enforcement services can increase the possibility of violence. Follow these tips to prevent child abuse, manage stress and more.

Review Date: January 23, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Shyness

If you are shy or have a friend that's shy, this article will answer some important questions for you about shyness. Learn about the causes of shyness and how to cope with it.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Stress: A Guide for Teens

Everyone experiences stress at times — adults, teens, and even kids. But there are ways to minimize stress and manage the stress that's unavoidable. Follow these tips to keep stress under control.

Review Date: September 13, 2011

The Nemours Foundation

Taking Charge of Anger

How you act when you're angry can make a situation better or worse. Here are some tips to help you handle your anger in a positive way.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Talking About Your Feelings

This article explains why it is important to talk about your feelings with someone you trust. Also,once you decide who you can talk with, you'll want to pick a good time and place to talk.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Teen Central Net

Teencentral.net is a password-protected, professionally monitored, and anonymous helpline website for teens to work out their issues.

Review Date: February 15, 2013

KidsPeace

Teens: Dealing with Divorce

About half the marriages in the United States today end in divorce, so plenty of kids and teens have to experience it. Find out what both parents and teens can do to make divorce easier for the family.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Teens: Depression

Learn to recognize the signs of depression and what to do to get better.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Teens: Feelin' Frazzled?

Check out these 10 tips to keep you cool, calm, and collected when you find yourself in a hectic situation.

Review Date: March 14, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

TeensHealth - Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can affect adults, teens, and children, especially during the fall and winter months. It's estimated that about 6 in every 100 people (6%) experience SAD. Read more to learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for this kind of seasonal depression.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

The Healthy Student: Preparing Teens for the College Years- (PDF)

This booklet will review important health issues for you to discuss with your child before the college semester starts. Find tips to begin the conversation and how to approach difficult topics, such as underage drinking, drug use, and sex.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine

The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction

In key ways, the adolescent brain doesn’t look like that of an adult until the early 20s. This article explores some of the puzzling contradictions of the teen years, such as the fact that many teens achieve their peak performance in health and mental capacity, yet are prone to accidents, violence and substance abuse.

Review Date: February 22, 2013

NIH National Institute of Mental Health -NIMH

Tips for Helping Students Recovering from Traumatic Events- (PDF)

This brochure provides practical information for parents and students who are coping with the aftermath of a natural disaster, as well others who are helping those affected. Although the focus is on natural disasters, these tips may apply to other traumas students may experience.

Review Date: November 08, 2012

U.S. Department of Education

Tips For Teens About Inhalants- (PDF)

Inhalants, sniffed for a "high," include many chemicals found in consumer products. Even one-time use has resulted in death. This article reviews possible side effects of using inhalants.

Review Date: February 03, 2011

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Understanding Depression

Learn about different types of depression in children and how you can help.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Violence Prevention: Tips for Coping With Stress

Mass tragedies, including school shootings, workplace violence, and community violence affect different people in different ways. This fact sheet provides tips for coping with stress, and includes information geared toward specific groups, including parents, kids and teens, and school personnel.

Review Date: January 04, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Why Am I So Sad?

This fact sheet discusses sadness in children and teenagers, the difference between sadness and depression and where to get help when sadness becomes depression. This information is intended for use by children and adolescents.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

The Nemours Foundation