Teen Audience Handouts
If you find yourself or a friend in one of these statistics, there is help!
R: Recognize who or what is pulling you down. Being a teen can be difficult. There is so much going on in and around your life that, at times, it can get overwhelming. Resolving problems and living a better life and making your dreams become realities begins with understanding your problem or situation. Try to honestly assess what is going on with you.
E: Environment, change it! Get away from the people or things that are pulling you down.
Remove yourself from any situation that you are not comfortable or want to be a part of. Surround yourself with positive people with like minded goals and beliefs. There are people out there who will understand and are there to help YOU! There are ways you can help yourself!
Put yourself in places that inspire you and make you feel good about you and what you are doing.
Find someone to trust who is also able to do something to help you. When you feel that life has you on the ropes and you need somewhere to turn and/or if you need help helping a friend reach out to an adult that you can trust. Gathering all the courage you have to ask for help. Ignore your feelings that tell you to “go it alone.” Try calling a help line, get one on one counseling over the phone when you need it most or maybe even better, talk to someone you trust.
Trusted parent of a friend
A family friend, relative, age appropriate sister or brother
Don’t be ashamed – reaching out for help is a sign of strength, needing help is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed of. If you are thinking of harming yourself or others, you must get help now!
People do love and care for you – let them show you how much.
I: Involve yourself with something new.
What’s your hobby? What do you like to do and maybe have a talent orpassion for? Do something for YOU that will make YOU happy and moveyou one step closer to achieving YOUR dreams.
Join a team
Make new friends
Get in a club
Get a job
Start a band, take a class, do something artistic
Start a journal
People need you. Volunteer. There are many organizations that need your help.
Do something you are proud of.
Hotlines and Resources for Help and Advice.
Adolescent Crisis Intervention &
Counseling/Covenant House Nineline
AIDS Treatment Information Services
AIDS National Hotline
Hope & Help for young people who are the relatives & friends of a problem drinker.
Alcohol/Drug Abuse Hotline
Center for the Prevention of School Violence
Centers for Disease Control AIDS Info
Child Abuse Hotline
Cocaine Help Line
24 Hour Cocaine Hotline
Domestic Violence Hotline
Domestic Violence Hotline in the US
Domestic Violence Hotline/Child Abuse
800-4-A-CHILD (800 422 4453)
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Drug Help National Helplines
Eating Disorders Center
Emergency Contraception Information
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender
(GLBT) Youth Support Line
Herpes Resource Center
Homeless/Runaway National Runaway
Incest Awareness Foundation
Incest Hotline for guys: M.A.L.E.
Learning Disabilities – (National Center For)
Mental Health Info Source
Missing & Exploited Children Hotline
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers
National Adolescent Suicide Hotline
National Association for Children of Alcoholics
National Child Abuse Hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Drug Abuse Hotline
National Inhalant Prevention Coalition
National Institute on Drug Abuse & Alcoholism
National Institute of Mental Health
National Mental Health Association
National Office of Post Abortion Trauma
National Runaway Switchboard and Suicide
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
National STD Hotline
National Youth Crisis Hotline
Partnership for a Drug-Free America toll-free
Panic Disorder Information Hotline
People Against Rape
Pet Loss Support Hotline – Grief Counseling Hotline
Iowa State Univ. College of Veterinary Medicine
7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. C.T.
Planned Parenthood, Inc.
Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network (RAINN)
Safe Choice Hotline
(STDs & Pregnancy)
SAFE (Self Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives Program www.selfinjury.com
1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)
Sexual Assault Hotline
Society’s League Against Molestation
Suicide & Crisis Hotline
Suicide Hotline – (National Adolescent)
Suicide Prevention – The Trevor Help Line
- (Specializing in gay and lesbian youth suicide prevention)
Teen Runaway Hotline
Voices In Action
(Hours: 9am – 6pm CT)
Listings for treatment & support of incest & childsexual abuse.
Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program
Youth Crisis Hotline