Supporting Teenagers – Resources For Teens

Supporting Teenagers – Resources For Teens

Supporting Teenagers

Resources for Teens

Check out these resources for supporting teenagers

One of the hardest parts about raising and supporting teenagers is not being able to protect them all of the time. Making sure your teenager is well educated when it comes to their relationships with peers and how to find help will better prepare them and help keep them safe.

Inclusive Sex & Health Education

Doing It Right by Bronwen Pardes – A book about sex, staying safe and making good choices.

All About S.E.X: The Scarleteen Book by Heather Corinna – A book that covers just about everything from anatomy and body image, to gender and sexual orientation to safe sex, relationships and consent.

Scarleteen – Using their own words: Providing inclusive, comprehensive, supportive sexuality and relationship info to teens and emerging adults.

Sex, etc – Sex education for teens by teens. It also has a very robust sex term dictionary.

Avert – Providing comprehensive information about HIV/AIDS as well as other STIs, how to have healthy, safe sex as well as a special section for first time sex stories.

they2ze app – Articles, health resources and tools specifically geared towards transgender individuals.

Abuse Prevention & Support

Aspire News App – This app appears on your phone as a generic news app in case an abuser is monitoring your phone, however the “help” section allows the user to access domestic violence help and has a function that allows the user to send audio and written messages to police.

Circle of 6 – An app that allows you to send out a call for help without drawing attention to it. It sends the same help message, including your GPS location, to all 6 people you have designated in your contacts.

National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline – Call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area. You can also visit their website for a live chat.

One Love – Call 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to the same number for support and help with an unhealthy relationship. A peer advocate will help the user identify when they are in an unhealthy relationship, and if it is unsafe, how to create an action plan. Their website also offers tips on how to help a friend who may be in an unhealthy relationship.

Respect Effect – An app that teaches teens about dating violence and how to respect their partners, set boundaries and practice self-care.

StrongHearts Native Hotline – Call 1-844-762-8483. A confidential and anonymous culturally-appropriate domestic violence and dating violence helpline for Native Americans, available every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT.

That’sNotCool.com – Information, quizzes and resources for developing healthy relationships.

Mental Health and Crisis Support

Crisis Text Line – Text “Home” to 741741 – Teenagers and others can text in a crowded room or alone when they are struggling and get the same crisis intervention as other hotlines.

The Trevor Project – a crisis line for LGBTQ youth. Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678

Twin Cities Community Organizations & Support Services for Families

Twin Cities Community Organizations & Support Services for Families

Community Organizations and Resources for the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area

Help for Children and Families in the Twin Cities Area

Autism & Special Needs Support Services

  • AUSM – Autism Society of Minnesota provides therapy, resources, trainings and event/camp information.
  • Autism Allies – Provides a resource guide of providers who have experience working with patients who have ASD, special needs and sensory challenges. The resource guide also provides several links to equipment and supplies to better meet special needs.
  • Family Voices of Minnesota – Peer to peer support services and connection with others who have a child with complex special healthcare needs or disabilities as well as resources and information.
  • Fraser – Providing a variety of support services for children of all ages with autism and special needs and their families.

Child Abuse Prevention & Support Services

  • Family Enhancement Center – Providing individual and family therapy as well as various groups and activities to address trauma sustained through physical, mental or sexual abuse.
  • Safe Horizon – Call 1-800-621-HOPE (4673) for resources for domestic and child abuse. You can also chat online on their website.
  • The Bridge For Youth – Provides runaway and homeless youth safe shelter, assists  in the prevention and resolution of family conflicts and reunites families whenever possible.

Counseling Support Services

Crisis Support Services

  • Crisis Text Line – Teens and others can text whether alone or in a crowded room to receive 24/7 crisis support. Text Home  to 741741.
  • MHA Crisis Help Line – 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • National Sexual Assualt Hotline – Call 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.
  • The Trevor Project – A crisis line for LGBTQ youth. Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678.
  • Trans Lifeline – A crisis line run by other trans community members for trans and questioning callers. Call 877-565-8860 for the US.

Grief, Loss & Serious Medical Condition Support

  • Faith’s Lodge – A peaceful escape and support for parents or caregivers struggling with the loss of a child or a medically complex condition.
  • Open Arms of Minnesota – Helping to cook and deliver free and nutritious meals to those living with a life threatening illness, as well as their caretakers and dependents.
  • Psychotherapy & Healing Associates– Offering many support services, including a miscarriage and early pregnancy loss support group.

Parenting Support Services

  • African-American Babies Coalition – Providing culturally supportive services through various groups and education for African-American Families.
  • Centro Tyrone Guzman – Offering a variety of social services support to the Latinx community, from early childhood to the elderly.
  • CLUES – Offering a variety of social services support to the Latinx community, from early childhood to the elderly.
  • Early Childhood & Family Education – Offering parenting education and support services from birth to age 3/4 along with social interaction opportunities for children.
  • Hmong-American Partnership (HAP) – Offering a variety of social services support to the Hmong, Southeast Asian and other immigrant and refugee communities.
  • Help Me Grow Minnesota – Providing milestone and growth resources to ensure a child is developing appropriately. They also offer an in-home assessment for your child if you have any concerns about their development.
  • JFCS – Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Minneapolis offers a variety of social services support to the Jewish community, from early childhood to the elderly.
  • SOMFAM – Somali Youth and Family Development Center helps immigrant families find resources and support services for overcoming cultural and language barriers.

Technology Resources

  • PCs for People – Providing low-cost computers, laptops, accessories and internet for those in need. They also offer electronics recycling.

Treatment Resources & Support Services

  • RS Eden – Supportive Housing, Recovery and Re-entry Services for those struggling with substance abuse or release from incarceration.
  • RS Eden Women’s Program-A substance abuse recovery program for women that provides support, housing and mental health services while keeping them with their children.
  • Wayside Recovery Center – With a focus on women seeking recovery treatment for drug use, they provide both outpatient and inpatient options with a holistic approach.
  • Wayside Recovery Center Family Treatment Center – The same amazing help delivered at Wayside Recovery Center, but addressing the needs and trauma of both mother and child. The Family Treatment Center keeps a mother together with her children during the mother’s residential treatment program to avoid the trauma of separation.