Getting Help with Stress, Depression and Suicide
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It can be stressful trying to find your place in life. You’ve got to deal with parents, homework, school, relationships, friends.

Here, you can find articles on stress statistics, warning signs, stress management, and finding relief.

If you are in crisis, feeling out of control or suicidal, do one
(or more) of these things, right now:

  1. Tell someone you trust: a family member, friend, or other support person.
  2. Tell your health care professional: your primary care doctor, psychiatrist, or therapist.
  3. Go to a hospital if you can't reach any of your supporters, or if these feelings continue.
  4. Call the National Hopeline, 1-800-442-4673 (USA only) to be connected to a crisis hotline near you.

Do not hesitate to call. Your life is extremely valuable, and people care about you. Please reach out for help. Never act on your thoughts of suicide. Never.
You don't have to feel this way. There is help. Don't lose hope.

Support Hotlines: Free to Call*
  U.S.A. Phone Numbers U.K. Phone Numbers
Suicide Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE 08457 90 90 90
Rape, Abuse and Incest Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE 020 8683 3300
Anonymous Weapons at School Tip Hotline 1-800-SPEAKUP  
AIDS Hotline 1-800-342-2437 (English)
1-800-344-7432 (Spanish)
0800 137 437
Drug Abuse Hotline 1-800-662-4357 0800 776600
Runaway Hotline 1-800-621-4000 0808 800 70 70
Hotline for Missing & Exploited Children
Youth Crisis Hotline
1-800-448-4663 0800 1111
Poison Control Hotline 1-800-222-1222 0800 1111
* Calls are toll-free except for UK numbers starting with 08457 or 020. However, mobile phone operators may charge for toll-free calls, but in the UK the Childline (0800 1111) is free even from a mobile phone and will not appear on your bill.


HelpGuide Mental Health Issues: Teen Depression
Signs, Symptoms, and Getting Help for Teenagers

Confronting Teen Stress, Meeting the Challenge in Baltimore City
Center for Adolescent Health, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,

Helping Teenagers with Stress
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

What to Do When a Friend is Depressed
This fact sheet from the National Institute on Mental Health describes how to spot depression in friends and get them help.

BAM (Body and Mind)
Got questions about handling stress? Ways to get fit? Get the real answers to questions about your body and mind with games, quizzes, and expert advice!

Dealing with Teen Depression: How to Help Yourself or a Depressed Friend
Advice for teenagers on how to deal with depression or help a depressed friend. Includes tips and tools for feeling better and getting help.

Teen Depression: Signs, Symptoms, and How to Help
Advice for parents and teachers on how to help a depressed teenager. Learn about the signs, symptoms, effects, and treatment of teen depression.         

Depressed Anonymous
Call: 502-569-1989
12-step fellowship for the men, women, and children whose lives have been affected by a family member's depression.

Famliy First Aid    

Door of Hope for Teens
Call: 1-888-HOPE-307
Call: 914-393-1904
Free online and phone support for teenage girls and young women who struggle with self-injury.  Local meeting in Westchester County, New York.  Visit Self-Injury.

Emotions Anonymous
Call: 651-647-9712
Supports individuals who want to achieve and maintain emotional health by understanding and utilizing the 12 Steps in their daily lives.

Recoveries Anonymous
12-step fellowship formed to offer support to anyone, with any self-destructive or dysfunctional problem.

Self-Mutilators Anonymous
12-step support.  Visit Self-Injury.

Self-Sabotagers Anonymous
1-712-432-1680*  The access code is 622622 followed by the # sign.
12-step fellowship for those who cling to their feelings of hopelessness, sadness, misery or grief and are addicted to self-sabotage, consistently doing things that prevent them from experiencing the full joy of life.  Telephone phone conference meetings are held twice a week.

Teens in Distress Helping Friends in Trouble: Stress, Depression, and Suicide
University of Minnesota Extension Services, Center for 4-H Youth Development, College of Education,

Suicide Prevention: Understanding and Helping a Suicidal Person
Advice on suicide prevention, including how to help a suicidal person, understand suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and recognize the warning signs.

Compassionate Friends
Call: 1-877-969-0010
National self-help support organization that offers friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings.  There is no religious affiliation and there are no membership dues or fees.

Survivors of Suicide Support Groups
The American Association of Suicidology provides a directory listing of suicide survivor support groups throughout the United States and Canada.

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