Ever told (or thought about telling!) your parent something like:

“You Don’t Understand Me!”
“It’s Not Like When You Were a Kid!”
“You Have No Idea What You’re Talking About!”
‘You Just Gotta Let Me Be Me!”

Many teens today become easily stressed about school matters, exams, preparing for college. I’ve have worked with thousands of teens that feel anxiety about what their friends think or about their body image. Being a teen is not always easy, especially in this era. I know it because I had it tough too’.

I came across this post and was compelled to share it with you:

Being a teenager in today’s world is a very difficult task. At each and every step of our life, there is a predator in the form of drugs and dangerous attractions and what not, waiting to grasp us! Maintaining the status of a good teenager is extremely difficult, because every time we make a mistake, we are labelled as a bad boy/girl. There is a lot of pressure from every side and you are expected to be an adarsh daughter, student, etc, and the list is endless. I think our teenage life is so different from our parents’, we have to cope with different aspects of today’s life be it social, private or networking. Most of the time we feel caught in a maze, from where escape seems near impossible. Whatever be the case, being a teenager in today’s fast, confusing and glittering world is a Herculean task and yes we are facing it with courage. So, enjoy your teenage life to the fullest because, like every other moment, it will never return. – Anam Nazia

Can you relate?

The process of growing up is much easier with the support of your parents and other positive adults that really want the best for you! Even if they get on your nerves.

Trust me, I understand. I had a rough teenage years. By 17 I was married, with a child and working and going to school.
It wasn’t easy for me but I was determined to turn things around and make my parents proud. I realized I needed to make myself proud, too. It’s taken time and commitment for me pleased with myself, so I want to help you navigate those waters a little better given what I know now.

If you don’t know by now, I have a teen daughter and the child I just mentioned is now in her twenties! I’ve learned a lot raising my girls and being around my students. I want to give you resources to help you make life a little smoother. Check-in with us periodically for updates!

Resources

Ted Talks for Teens: Still Figuring It Out
Youth Friendly Mental Health Online Resources
Apps and Tech Services
Mental Health Resources Institutes
Mental Health Medication Guides
Helplines

 

YOUTH FRIENDLY MENTAL HEALTH ONLINE RESOURCES

  • Center for Young Women’s Health and Young Men’s Health: These websites provides a series of guides on emotional health, including on test anxiety, depression, bullying, and eating disorders. www.youngwomenshealth.org and www.youngmenshealthsite.org
  • Go Ask Alice!: Geared at young adults, this question and answer website contains a large database of questions about a variety of concerns surrounding emotional health. www.goaskalice.columbia.edu
  • Girls Health.Gov: The “Your Feelings” section of this website offers guidance to teenage girls on recognizing a mental health problem, getting help, and talking to parents. http://girlshealth.gov/feelings/index.html
  • Jed Foundation: Promoting emotional health and prevent suicide among college students, this website provides an online resource center, ULifeline, a public dialogue forum, Half of Us, and Transition Year, resources and tools to help students transition to college. http://www.jedfoundation.org/students
  • Kelty Mental Health Resource Center: Reference sheets are provided that list top websites, books, videos, toolkits and support for mental health disorders. http://keltymentalhealth.ca/youth-and-young-adults
  • Reach Out: This website provides information on specific mental health disorders, as well as resources to help teens make safe plans when feeling suicidal, and helpful tips on how to relax. http://au.reachout.com/
  • Teens Health: Providing a safe place for teens who need honest and accurate information, this website provides resources on mental health issues. http://teenshealth.org/teen/your_mind/
  • Teen Mental Health: Geared towards teenagers, this website provides learning tools on a variety of mental illnesses, videos, and resources for friends. http://teenmentalhealth.org/

APPS AND TECH SERVICES

  • Beacon 2.0: Beacon is a portal to online applications (websites, mobile applications and internet support groups) for mental disorders reviewed and rated by health experts. https://beacon.anu.edu.au/
  • Health Talk: This website reflects the lived experience of mental health conditions, including research-based modules with hours of recording and analysis. www.healthtalk.org/peoples-experiences/mental-health
  • Mindfulness for Teens: This website has resources to help teens use mindfulness to handle stress and includes apps to practice meditation and guided mediation recordings. http://mindfulnessforteens.com/
  • Mood 247: A text messaging system that provides an easy way to record how you’re feeling and tracks your daily moods to share with friends, family, or a health professional. https://www.mood247.com/
  • Strength of Us: An online community designed to inspire young adults impacted by mental health issues to think positive, stay strong and achieve goals through peer support and resource sharing. http://strengthofus.org/

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES INSTITUTES

MENTAL HEALTH MEDICATION GUIDES

  • Head Meds: This website gives young people focused information about the most common medicines prescribed for mental health conditions. http://www.headmeds.org.uk/
  • Making Healthy Choices: This guide provides information for youth in foster care related to making decisions about their mental health, treatment options, and the use of psychotropic medications. www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/makinghealthychoices/

HELPLINES

ADVOCACY

  • Active Minds: The leading nonprofit that empowers college students to speak openly about mental health, Active Minds aims to educate others and encourage help-seeking. http://activeminds.org/
  • Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network: GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. This website provides resources on finding GSA Chapters, and tools on how to establish or re-establish a GSA. http://www.glsen.org/
  • StopBullying.Gov: This website offers resources specifically for teens to prevent bullying in their schools and communities and provides resources for those being bullied. http://www.stopbullying.gov/
  • Teens Against Bullying: Created by and for teens, this website is a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, take action, be heard, and own an important social cause. http://www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org/
  • Time to Change:  As England’s biggest program to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination, this advocacy website provides ways to join the campaign and get others involved. www.time-to-change.org.uk/\
  • Youth Resource: Created by and for LGBTQ young people, this website provides information and resources on self-harm and suicide, personal stories and accounts, and useful hotlines. www.youthresource.com/

Advocacy