Resources

Bullying

No one deserves to be bullied or feel unsafe and alone. If you or someone you know is being continuously bullied, it is important to know that you don’t have to handle it on your own. Talk to someone you trust about what is going on and continue reaching out to others until something is done to put a stop to the bullying.

Bullying doesn’t cause one to commit suicide; however, being continuously bullied and threatened can cause an increase in the likelihood of that individual being at risk of committing suicide. It is important that we are all educated and aware of the dangers that bullying can cause- suicide being one of those dangers. Don’t feel ashamed to reach out for help or to talk to someone for guidance and support.

Here are a few things to do if you or someone you know needs help with bullying:
Write down what the situation is and make two copies so that you have written documentation. Sign both copies and make sure that the person you report the situation to signs both copies as well so that you have written proof that they received it. Keep one copy for yourself in a safe place and leave one copy with the person to whom you reported the situation.
Remember to follow up with the person you report the situation to!

  1. Talk to your parents or guardian.
  2. Go to a teacher, principal, or school counselor and tell them what is going on.
  3. If you think what happened may have been a crime, go to your local police station and file a report.
  4. Most importantly, if the person that you report the situation to does not help to address the bullying, don’t be discouraged. Find another trusted adult to talk to about what is going on. Don’t give up until someone can help put an end to the bullying.

Definition of Bullying on Bully & Solution:

Bullying is: The activity of repeated, aggressive behavior intended to hurt another person, physically or mentally.
or
A Bully is: A person who over a period of time, has aggressive behavior intended to hurt another person or persons, whether it be physically, mentally, or emotionally.

The Solution: To find the root cause of why the Bully feels like hurting others and ultimately change their mindset and redirect their energy toward a positive direction.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK

StopBullying.gov

Teen Health
For Teens
For Kids

Counseling Directory in the UK
Counselling Directory provides a huge support network, enabling people to find a suitable counsellor in their area and appropriate for their needs.

National Safe Place
Safe Place provides “TXT 4 Help”. If you’re in trouble or need help, text SAFE and your current location (address/city/state) to 69866.
Here is how it works: Safe Place will text you back the address of the nearest Safe Place site and contact number for the local youth shelter. Within that same message you’ll receive a prompt that says, “reply with 2CHAT for more help.” Once you reply with 2CHAT, you’ll be connected with a professional for more help.

Suicide/Self-Mutilation

If you feel like you can’t go on any longer with the pain that you are feeling, CALL A SUICIDE HOTLINE. Talk to someone about how you are feeling. You don’t have to go through things on your own. If you or someone you know shows any of the following signs, it is important to contact someone immediately:

  • Talking about wanting to die, hurt oneself, or end their life
  • Searching for ways to kill oneself, such as looking for pills, purchasing a gun, etc.
  • Drawing pictures, writing about, or talking about suicide, death or killing oneself
  • Talking about having no reason to continue living
  • Feeling out of control and seeking revenge from anger and/or rage
  • Feeling trapped, hopeless, and alone
  • Increasing any use of drugs or alcohol
  • Experiencing changes in mood or having severe mood swings
  • Withdrawing from social activities and isolating oneself from family, friends, and/or society
  • Talking about feeling as though one is a burden to others

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255
1-800-799-4889 TTY (For Hearing and Speech Impaired with TTY Equipment)

S.A.F.E. Alternatives (Self Abuse Finally Ends)
1-800-DONT-CUT (366-8288)
Email: info@selfinjury.com

Boys & Girls Town
1-800-448-3000 (National Hotline- Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week)

The Trevor Project
1-866-488-7386 (All calls are confidential, toll free, and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

The following questions may help you to determine if the use of alcohol and/or drugs is a problem for you or someone you know.
Do you or someone you know:

  • Drink/do drugs because of problems?
  • Drink/do drugs when mad at others?
  • Find grades or work habits are starting to slip?
  • Try to drink/do drugs less and fail?
  • Drink/do drugs even when not meaning to?
  • Drink/do drugs in the morning? Before school/work?
  • Have blackouts (can’t remember periods of time)?
  • Lie about drinking/drug use?
  • Ever get in trouble because of drinking/drug use?
  • Think it’s cool to get drunk or high?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, it may be time for you to reach out for help or for you to help that person receive the help that they need. While it may be a scary thing to reach out into the “unknown” of being sober, you are not alone and it will save your life!

PublicHealth.org

Above the Influence
1-800-448-3000 (National Hotline, confidential and open 24 hours a day)

Al-Anon/Alateen
1-888-425-2666 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday)

The Partnership at DrugFree.Org
For Parents
1-8555-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373) Toll Free

Teen Challenge
1-417-581-2181
Email: info@teenchallengeusa.com

Boys & Girls Town
1-800-448-3000 (National Hotline- Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week)

National Safe Place

Safe Place provides “TXT 4 Help”. If you’re in trouble or need help, text SAFE and your current location (address/city/state) to 69866.
Here is how it works: Safe Place will text you back the address of the nearest Safe Place site and contact number for the local youth shelter. Within that same message you’ll receive a prompt that says, “reply with 2CHAT for more help.” Once you reply with 2CHAT, you’ll be connected with a professional for more help.

Physical and Sexual Abuse

There are many different types of physical and sexual abuse. If you or someone you know is either being abused by someone else or in an abusive relationship, you may be feeling like you are all alone with nowhere to turn- but it is important to know that you are not alone and that there are resources available to make sure that you are safe, in a healthy relationship, and surrounded by people who treat you the way that you deserve to be treated!
Are you in immediate danger? CALL 911

PublicHealth.org
http://www.publichealth.org/resources/sexual-abuse/

Safe Helpline
1-877-995-5247

Child Help
1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

National Sexual Assault Hotline
RAINN- Rape Abuse & Incest National Network
1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
Free, Confidential, and Secure

Abuse Victim Hotline
1-877-448-8678 (Free and Confidential)
Email: help@avhotline.org

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Love is Respect
1-866-331-9474 (24 hours a day. Seven days a week.)
1-866-331-8453 TTY (24 hours a day. Seven days a week.)
Text “loveis” to: 77054

National Safe Place

Safe Place provides “TXT 4 Help”. If you’re in trouble or need help, text SAFE and your current location (address/city/state) to 69866.

Here is how it works: Safe Place will text you back the address of the nearest Safe Place site and contact number for the local youth shelter. Within that same message you’ll receive a prompt that says, “reply with 2CHAT for more help.” Once you reply with 2CHAT, you’ll be connected with a professional for more help.

Physical and Mental Disorders

PublicHealth.org

Critical Mental Health Resources for College Students
This is a comprehensive guide for college students struggling with mental health issues. They outline common struggles faced by young adults, including symptoms, treatment options, and where to find support groups.

Boys & Girls Town
1-800-448-3000 (National Hotline- Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week)

Counseling Directory in the UK
Counselling Directory provides a huge support network, enabling people to find a suitable counsellor in their area and appropriate for their needs.

Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorders Association
1-800-931-2237 (Toll free number, confidential Helpline Monday-Friday, 9:00 am- 5:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time)

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. (ANAD)
1-630-577-1330 (Open Monday through Friday 9 AM Through 5 PM Central Time)
ANAD also has a special email address, anadhelp@anad.org which may be used by those who prefer email instead of phoning.

Teen and Young Adult Health
“Created by: TheBestColleges.org”

Teen Health

Kids Health

Childhood Obesity

If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of kids or teenagers that struggle with your weight, it is important to know that you are not alone and there are resources to help you gain control over your health!

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
1-800-232-4636 24 Hours/Every Day
1-800-232-6348 TTY: 24 Hours/Every Day

Kids and Teen Health
For Teens
For Parents

Teen and Young Adult Health
Created by: TheBestColleges.org

Informative Video Series on Soda

Teen Pregnancy

American Pregnancy Helpline
1-866-942-6466 (Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week)

Love is Respect
1-866-331-9474 (24 hours a day, seven days a week)
1-866-331-8453 TTY (24 hours a day, seven days a week)
Text “loveis” to: 77054

Boys & Girls Town
1-800-448-3000 (National Hotline- Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week)

National Safe Place

Safe Place provides “TXT 4 Help”. If you’re in trouble or need help, text SAFE and your current location (address/city/state) to 69866.

Here is how it works: Safe Place will text you back the address of the nearest Safe Place site and contact number for the local youth shelter. Within that same message you’ll receive a prompt that says, “reply with 2CHAT for more help.” Once you reply with 2CHAT, you’ll be connected with a professional for more help.

Homelessness

Did you know:
– 1 out of every 3 homeless people are under the age of 18!
– 1.6 to 1.7 million people under 18 will experience homelessness each year.
– Approximately half of all runaways were physically abused before fleeing home.

National Safe Place

Safe Place provides “TXT 4 Help”. If you’re in trouble or need help, text SAFE and your current location (address/city/state) to 69866.

Safe Place provides “TXT 4 Help”. If you’re in trouble or need help, text SAFE and your current location (address/city/state) to 69866.
Here is how it works: Safe Place will text you back the address of the nearest Safe Place site and contact number for the local youth shelter. Within that same message you’ll receive a prompt that says, “reply with 2CHAT for more help.” Once you reply with 2CHAT, you’ll be connected with a professional for more help.

National Runaway Switchboard
1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)
Anonymous, confidential, toll-free, and lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Boys & Girls Town
1-800-448-3000 (National Hotline- Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week)

Sources:
http://www.dosomething.org/actnow/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-homeless-youth

Gang Violence

WETIP
Report Anonymously: (800) 782-7463

Boys & Girls Town
1-800-448-3000 (National Hotline- Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week)

Financial Literacy

Not knowing how to manage your own personal finances can set you up for bad habits down the road. That’s why it is important to start building smart financial habits early in life so that money mistakes in the future won’t happen as often. Though not everyone will be immune to financial troubles, individuals who are more knowledgeable about personal finance often make smarter money decisions down the line.

Here are some resources to help you begin a path to a better financial future.

Credit.org
1-800-431-8157 (Available M-F 9am – 6pm, Sat 8am-3pm PT)
Credit.org is a great site filled with valuable free resources like a blog and video tutorials about personal finance topics. They they also provide free or low cost financial services.

Sometimes it’s just easier to get all the information funneled from one or two news sources. The following sites also aggregate their articles from reputable magazines and money blogs as well.

Yahoo finance
CNN Money

Dropouts/Truancy

Did you know that over 8,000 students drop out of school every day?

Staying in school is one of the most important decisions that you can make as a teenager. If you need help to stay motivated and on the right path toward graduation and achieving success in your future, then reach out for help and get the support and encouragement that you need to stay on track!

If you want to create intrinsic motivation for kids to come to school on time, check out our year-round program for your school!

BoostUp

Boys & Girls Town
1-800-448-3000 (National Hotline- Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week)

Statistics:
Source: Education Week, Children Trends Database / Research Date: 4.28.2013
High School Dropout Statistics (US)
Total number of high school dropouts annually 3,030,000
Number of high school students who drop out each day 8,300
Percent of Americans with a high school diploma 85.3 %
Percent of all drop outs that happen in the ninth-grade 36 %
Percent of students who repeat the ninth-grade that go on to graduate 15 %
Percent of students in the largest 50 U.S. cities that graduate High School 59 %
Percent of US crimes that committed by a high school dropout 75 %
Amount of money a high school graduate will earn more than a drop out $260,000
Percent of black drop outs that have spent time in prison 60 %
Percentage of Hispanic dropouts that were due to a pregnancy 41 %
Percent of US jobs a high school dropout is not eligible for 90 %
Demographics of High School Dropouts (Percent who drop out)
National Rate 8.1 %
Male 9.1 %
Female 7 %
African American 9.6 %
Hispanic 17.6 %
White 5.2 %
Asian American 2.1 %
Foreign Born 20.7 %
Children of Foreign Born 13 %