teens & young adults

If you think you need help

If you are worried about your mental health – help is out there.  You might start with talking to your parents or another trusted adult.  Adolescence and the transition to adulthood can be a tough time for many youth and young adults.

Below are some websites that you may find helpful:

For information on how to speak to your parents about mental health read Mental Health America’s Time to Talk to Parents page.

You can read about how to start talking about your mental health here.

Teen Girls Support Group

StrengthofUs 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.
www.strengthofus.org

Through 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
www.halfofus.com

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.
www.ok2talk.org

Hotlines in Maryland
http://www.suicide.org/hotlines/maryland-suicide-hotlines.html

A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services with resources and information on bullying.
www.stopbullying.gov

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24
www.thetrevorproject.org

Visit the National Institute of Mental Health’s website for information on specific brain diseases as well as to learn more about the latest research and clinical trial information.
www.nimh.nih.gov

Drugs and alcohol have a greater effect on teens than on adults. The signs of addiction can be difficult to understand, and many teens don’t realize the long-term damage drugs have on their bodies because the short-term side effects fade. Help is available for teens who have questions about drug abuse or think they are suffering from addiction. Take a look at this excellent resource from DrugRehab.com
Teen Drug Abuse

Addiction Center is a free web information guide that connects addicts and their families with the help they need to put their lives together. Our goal is to help teens and their families by providing them with information and support on different substances, addictions, and recovery resources.
www.addictioncenter.com