If you are in crisis and need someone to talk to right now, call the Nineline at 1-800-999-9999. It is completely confidential. You can also find them online at Nineline.org. They have a discussion forum where you can ask questions and respond to others who may be going through similar things as you.
You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline if you are in any kind of emotional crisis: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
TeenCentral.net: an anonymous Help-line web site for teens, by teens. A safe cyber-space for teens to work out their issues.
The Trevor Project Lifeline: A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth: 866-4-U-TREVOR
Resources for Support
Reachout.com: a great resource for teens that includes facts and real stories about issues ranging from depression and other mental illnesses, addiction, eating disorders, sex, abuse, self-harm, and many others. Also includes author chats and links to great YA novels dealing with these subjects.
Albert Borris, author of Crash Into Me, has a great website and lists some wonderful places to find help at Albertborris.com.
Alex Sanchez, author of Rainbow Boys, has great resources for queer and LGBT youth on his site, Alexsanchez.com.
This site has articles on just about every subject you can imagine: Teenhelp.com
An organization I love is To Write Love on Her Arms, “a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide”.
The Center for Young Women’s Health has a lot of really helpful information on a variety of issues related to physical, sexual, and emotional health.
The Our Bodies Ourselves Health Resource Center is an empowering place for girls and women to find information about health and sexuality.
DearBully: The Facebook page for Young Adult Authors Against Bullying
“It Gets Better” video project for LGBT youth
Drug & Alcohol Recovery
If you or someone you love has a problem with drugs or alcohol: