Teen Resources

Being a teenager is an exciting time, but it can also be difficult. You’re under stress to be liked, do well in school, excel at sports, get along with your family, learn to drive, and make big decisions. You can’t avoid most of these pressures, and worrying about them is normal. But feeling very sad, hopeless or worthless could be warning signs of a mental health problem.  Half of mental health conditions begin by age 14 and up to 75% develop by age 24. It can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between behavior that’s normal for adolescents and teens and signs that a mental health condition is developing. Getting help early is important. Relief of symptoms and recovery from illness is possible especially if you are actively engaged in treatment.

CONNECT understands and has resources to help you.  If you have any questions, please drop us an email at [email protected]

The content provided on this website, including programs, service providers, and products, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information is not to be relied upon as medical advice or mental health advice. The information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or counseling.  CONNECT does not endorse any of the opinions, advice, programs, products, or services of other individuals or entities identified on this website. 

 Teen-Specific Resources

The SafeUT Crisis Text and Tip Line is a statewide service that provides real-time crisis intervention to youth through texting and a confidential tip program – right from your smartphone.  SafeUT is free, anonymous, and confidential.   View an Overview and Product DEMO Here.  Download the App from iTunes by searching “SafeUT.”

Active Minds is the only organization working to utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses. By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses, the organization works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community.

Through the power of peer education, using accurate, values neutral sexuality education, Teen Council will end ignorance, promote tolerance, and improve communication between teens and the important people in their lives. Teen Council is made up of a diverse volunteer student body from local schools. Members come to the group with different beliefs and viewpoints.  We strive to create a Council that is strong and varied in its membership and work actively to build a group that is anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-homophobic.  Please contact Dalia Gonzalez for more information: [email protected]

CCMH is a practice research network focused on providing accurate and up-to-date information on the mental health of today’s college students. CCMH strives to connect practice, research, and technology to benefit students, mental health providers, administrators, researchers, and the public. The collaborative efforts of more than 350 college counseling centers and supportive organizations have enabled for CCMH to build one of the nation’s largest clinical aggregate databases and to manage and develop clinical tools to help young people.

The National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience® and Students in Transition, at the University of South Carolina, offers support and resources for college teachers and administrators who provide orientation programs for new students. Strategies incorporate alcohol and other drug misuse prevention
into the college experience for new students and seek to enhance that experience and academic performance. The center holds national and international conferences, topical national forums, instructor training workshops, seminars, technical assistance, video/audio resources, and publications.

Learn about, live with, and explore many mental health issues relevant to you!

ULifeline, a program of The Jed Foundation, is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center where college students can find information on mental health and suicide prevention. ULifeline includes Counseling Central for college mental health and student affairs professionals. The Jed Foundation
provides ULifeline to all colleges and universities for free.

Bring Change 2 Mind
Glenn Close understands that mental health is something that affects all families. It was not until her sister, Jessie Close, received a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and her nephew, Calen Pick, was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder that the Close Family took action. In 2010, the Close Family co-founded Bring Change 2 Mind (BC2M), a nonprofit organization built to start the conversation about mental health, and to raise awareness, understanding, and empathy. BC2M develops influential public service announcements (PSAs) utilizing adolescents, including its most recent campaign, #MindOurFuture, has piloted evidence-based programs at the university (UBC2M) and high school (LETS BC2M) levels engaging students to reduce stigma and discrimination, and has created a social movement around change by providing people with platforms to share, connect, and learn.

Someone took your seat at lunch or pushed ahead of you in line. Your best friend wants you to let her cheat off your test paper. A guy in math class called you…something not so nice. Sometimes it seems like life is a sea of problems — and your ship is sinking. BAM! Body and Mind can help you handle the things that make you crazy. (Well, not all of them. You’ll still have homework.)

Do you ever feel like you’re auditioning for a remake of “Mean Girls”? Have you had it up to here with the gossip and put-downs? Are you tired of following the dress code of your group but think you’ll be dropped if you don’t? Whether you’re on the outside looking in or the inside wanting out, it can help to know what makes cliques tick.

Advocates for Youth is the only organization that works both in the United States and in developing countries with a sole focus on adolescent reproductive and sexual health.  In the previous fiscal year, Advocates worked with over 28,000 health care providers, educators, and other youth-serving professionals, directly and indirectly strengthening the ability of more than nine and a half million youth to make informed, responsible decisions about their sexual health. Advocates also supports Adolescent Access to Confidential Health Services. Studies have shown that only 45 percent of adolescents surveyed would seek care for depression if parental notification was required. Finally, Advocates offer a deep look into understanding our young people at Millennials: Demographics & Facts  – who they are, what they do, and how their attitudes and beliefs are shaping our world.

Mental Health and Teens: Watch for Danger Signs (American Academy of Pediatrics) Also in Spanish

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness   Comprehensive Support for Teens & Young Adults

Planned Parenthood of Utah
Questions for teens answered, including body image, relationship, and LBGTQ issues, quizzes, and questions answered.

BedsiderBirth control basics and more answered!

The Trevor Project A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.

A human relations organization dedicated to eliminating prejudice, bigotry, and discrimination. The center develops inclusive solutions to promote respect for all people through conflict resolution, education, advocacy, and empowerment. In a series of visits, our staff works with student leaders to develop goals, strategies, and projects that fit the mission of the group. The Inclusion Center’s commitment to  youth empowerment  means that at no time is the club lead by the Inclusion Center, but instead young adults are equipped with the skills and guidance necessary to organize and effectively meet their goals.  The Center also offers a “Community Circle” – A chance to share exciting information, develop a workshop, or build skills with your community! Just like at camp, community circle brings people together.  Community Circle is a great way to spread awareness, keep in touch with camp friends, and learn more about current issues.

RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN found that college students are more likely to be sexually assaulted than any other age group.  RAINN’s new Policy Action Center lets you connect directly with lawmakers. Send a tweet, write an email, and let legislators know what matters to you.  The 2016 presidential election has put sexual violence front and center. To ensure that it becomes a national priority, not just a campaign talking point, RAINN supporters are calling on the next president and Congress to help.  Read More Here.