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The following categories each contain resources (links, phone numbers and/or books) pertaining to that subject.

Abuse

"Is love supposed to hurt?". . . If someone in your life is hurting you emotionally or physically, don't be afraid

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Abuse Victim Hotline
(866) 662-4535

Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA)
From Survivor to Thriver… Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA) is an international self-help support group program designed specifically for adult survivors of neglect, physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse.
www.ascasupport.org

A Boy's Story - The Spirit of Innocence, The Gift of Sight
A must-see site for all survivors.
aboysstory.com

Child Find of America
(800) 426-5678

GhostWolf - Out of the Abyss
The biography, art, poetry and writings of an incest survivor.
www.nemasys.com/ghostwolf

Safe Haven
Help and resources for survivors
www.safehaven-uk.org

Survivors of Incest Anonymous, Inc.
World Service Office for Incest Survivors.
www.siawso.org

Memories of Adult Survivors, by a Ph.D. at Boston University School of Medicine
www.jimhopper.com/memory

National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-7233

National Domestic Violence/Child Abuse/ Sexual Abuse
(800) 799-7233

National Hotline for Missing & Exploited Children
(800) 843-5678

National Runaway Switchboard
(800) 231-6946

National US Child Abuse Hotline
(800) 422-4453

National Youth Crisis Hotline
(800) 442-HOPE (4673)

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
(800) 656-HOPE

Stop It Now!
Because there is a way to prevent child sexual abuse
www.stopitnow.org

Teen Help Adolescent Resources
(800) 840-5704

Anxiety/Stress

"I'm at the end of my rope." . . . If you're feeling stressed or pressured, don't despair

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The Anxiety Network
www.anxietynetwork.com

EverydayHealth.com
A searchable website that features information on mental and physical disorders, plus healthy living recommendations for cooking, exercising and stress relief.
www.everydayhealth.com

Mental Health America of Illinois
Information and help for teens and adults experiencing mental illness in Illinois.
www.mhai.org

National Hopeline Network
Connects people who are depressed or suicidal to critical services. To reach a certified crisis center in your area, call 800-784-2433

National Institute of Mental Health
National Institute of Mental Health Informational pages on anxiety, depression, OCD, schizophrenia and other disorders.
www.nimh.nih.gov

National Mental Health America
FAQs about mental illnesses, suicide prevention hotline, find a mental health care professional by zip code, other resources and links.
www.nmha.org

National Youth Crisis Hotline
800-442-HOPE (800-442-4673)
www.nmha.org

Obsessive Compulsive Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
www.ocfchicago.org

Smart But Stuck
Exposes the inner anxiety, trauma and shame of undiagnosed learning disabilities, and creates a pathway to resilience and success for young people and adults.
Book – Smart But Stuck: How Resilience Frees Imprisoned Intelligence From Learning Disabilities, Myrna Orenstein, Ph.D.
www.smartbutstuck.com

The Social Anxiety Institute - SPSAA - Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association
www.socialanxietyinstitute.org

The Social Anxiety Network
www.social-anxiety-network.com

Su Familia - The National Alliance for Hispanic Health
www.hispanichealth.org

Teen Help Adolescent Resources
(800) 840-5704

There's No Such Thing As Crazy
Created for teens and young adults by Fred Miller, MD, Ph.D as a companion to his film and DVD series "There's No Such Thing As Crazy"
www.nosuchthingascrazy.com/living_awesome.html

What a Difference A Friend Makes
This site is here for people living with mental illness—and their friends. You'll find tools to help in the recovery process, and you can also learn about the different kinds of mental illnesses, read real-life stories about support and recovery, and interact with the video to see how friends can make all the difference.
www.whatadifference.samhsa.gov/

Body Image

"I'm dying to look as good as I can." . . . Eating disorders, over-exercising and addiction to surgery are serious problems that can lead to death. The good news is that these issues can be overcome.

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Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
Phone hotline: (847) 831-3438
A resource for teens with eating disorders and their families, along with a list of therapists and support groups specializing in this area.
www.anad.org

Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention
(800) 931-2237

EverydayHealth.com
A searchable website that features information on mental and physical disorders, plus healthy living recommendations for cooking, exercising and stress relief.
www.everydayhealth.com/

LoveMyBody.Org
Help for teens to accept and celebrate their own body style.
www.lovemybody.org/

Mirror-Mirror.org
Information to help individuals along the way to recovery, ranging from signs and symptoms, to relapse warning signs.
www.mirror-mirror.org/eatdis.htm

National Eating Disorders Association
Join families, professionals and other eating disorder advocates in a show of support for the Academy of Eating Disorders new Charter launch.
www.edap.org

National Mental Health Information Center
This fact sheet addresses two of the most common eating disorders—anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/publications/allpubs/ken98-0047/default.asp

National Youth Crisis Hotline
800-442-HOPE (800-442-4673)

NIMH · Eating Disorders · Complete Publication
An eating disorder is marked by extremes. It is present when a person experiences severe disturbances in eating behavior, such as extreme reduction of food…
www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/eating-disorders/complete-publication.shtml

Something-Fishy.org
Contains information and resources pertaining to anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating. Included are definitions, signs and symptoms, physical dangers…
www.something-fishy.org

Teen Help Adolescent Resources
(800) 840-5704

What a Difference A Friend Makes
This site is here for people living with mental illness—and their friends. You'll find tools to help in the recovery process, and you can also learn about the different kinds of mental illnesses, read real-life stories about support and recovery, and interact with the video to see how friends can make all the difference.
www.whatadifference.samhsa.gov/

Body Awareness through Yoga
Phone (847) 866-8604
A six-week workshop combining yoga poses and our connection with our spiritual, emotional selves. Gain confidence, flexibility, feel more in control over who you are.
ruthsoskin@sbcglobal.net

Books

Books by Jill Zimmerman Rutledge, LCSW:
www.jillzimmermanrutledge.com
"Dealing With the Stuff That Makes Life Tough: The Ten Things That Stress Girls Out"

Picture Perfect: What You Need To Feel Better About Your Body

Bullying and Gang Violence

"I want to disappear when kids start teasing me--or strike out and hurt them.". . . No one has the right to hurt you, emotionally or physically. Let a trusted adult know

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The Association for Supervision & Curriculum
www.ascd.org

National Youth Crisis Hotline
800-442-HOPE (800-442-4673)

Prevention Partnership
Help to stop gang affiliation and prevent violence in your neighborhood.
www.preventionpartnership.org

Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP)
Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP) helps youth find ways to solve problems without bullying or violence.
www.esrnational.org

Teens Against Gang Violence
Provides violence prevention, education and intervention services to youth, families and service providers.
www.tagv.org/aboutus.htm

Teen Help Adolescent Resources
(800) 840-5704

US Department of Health and Human Services
US Department of Health and Human Services website with lots of information on preventing bullying, victim assistance and how to stop being a bully
stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/index.asp?area=main

Books

Indigo's Star by Hilary McKay
A British teen sticks up for himself and an American boy who has replaced him as the primary target of school bullies.

The Misfits by James Howe
A group of teen outcast friends build a lofty student council platform on a promise: no more name-calling.

Schools Where Everyone Belongs by Stan Davis
Adults and teens can gain a deeper understanding of bullying and learn strategies to deal with it.

Law Enforcement and Children's Mental Health Roundtable Discussion
(written material in PDF form)
from National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health: http://www.ffcmh.org/LawEnforcementRoundtable.pdf

Cutting/Self-Harm

"Maybe I can release my emotional pain if I hurt myself." . . . Cutting and self-harm can be a paradox: some say that this kind of physical pain distracts them from their emotional pain. But cutting or harming yourself only deepens the pain, and it can be addictive.

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National Hopeline Network
(800) SUICIDE (784-2433)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-TALK (8255)

National Youth Crisis Hotline
1-800-442-HOPE (800-442-4673)

Obsessive Compulsive Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
www.ocfchicago.org

SAFE Alternatives Program
1-800 DONT-CUT (800-366-8288)

Teen Help Adolescent Resources
(800) 840-5704

There's No Such Thing As Crazy
Created for teens and young adults by Fred Miller, MD, Ph.D as a companion to his film and DVD series "There's No Such Thing As Crazy"
www.nosuchthingascrazy.com/living_awesome.html

Walkers in Darkness
Support and Information for Mood Disorders
walkers.org

What a Difference A Friend Makes
This site is here for people living with mental illness—and their friends. You'll find tools to help in the recovery process, and you can also learn about the different kinds of mental illnesses, read real-life stories about support and recovery, and interact with the video to see how friends can make all the difference.
www.whatadifference.samhsa.gov/

You Are Not The Only One
Contains definitions, causes, demographics, therapeutic approaches and more.
self-injury.org

Depression

"Sometimes I just feel so sad -- desperate and trapped inside myself. I even think about suicide." . . . Talking with someone and taking the proper medications can bring you back to center

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Depression Central
Very Useful Information on many aspects of depression.
www.psycom.net/depression.central.html

Erika's Lighthouse
Founded in memory of Erika Neukrantz
A beacon of hope for adolescent depression.
www.erikaslighthouse.org

EverydayHealth.com
A searchable website that features information on mental and physical disorders, plus healthy living recommendations for cooking, exercising and stress relief.
www.everydayhealth.com

McMan's Depression and Bipolar Web
www.mcmanweb.com/index.shtml

Mental Health America of Illinois
Resources for education including depression and suicide prevention
www.mhai.org

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
A not-for-profit organization of families, friends, patients and professionals dedicated to the treatment of persons with neurobiological disorders.
www.nami.org

National Hopeline Network
800-784-2433

NAMI Cook County North Suburban Chapter
Offers local support, education, resources and referrals.
www.namiccns.org

National Hopeline Network
(800) SUICIDE (784-2433)

National Institute of Mental Health
Informational pages on anxiety, depression, OCD, schizophrenia and other disorders.
www.nimh.nih.gov

National Mental Health America
FAQs about mental illnesses, suicide prevention hotline, find a mental health care professional by zip code, other resources and links.
www.nmha.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-TALK (8255)

National Youth Crisis Hotline
(800) 442-HOPE (4673)

Obsessive Compulsive Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
www.ocfchicago.org

There's No Such Thing As Crazy
Created for teens and young adults by Fred Miller, MD, Ph.D as a companion to his film and DVD series "There's No Such Thing As Crazy"
www.nosuchthingascrazy.com/living_awesome.html

Walkers in Darkness
Support and Information for Mood Disorders
walkers.org

What a Difference A Friend Makes
This site is here for people living with mental illness—and their friends. You'll find tools to help in the recovery process, and you can also learn about the different kinds of mental illnesses, read real-life stories about support and recovery, and interact with the video to see how friends can make all the difference.
www.whatadifference.samhsa.gov/

Teen Help Adolescent Resources
(800) 840-5704

Books

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron
This bestseller is Styron's true account of his descent into a crippling and almost suicidal depression. This book is for anyone who has experienced or loved someone depressed.

Feeling Good David D. Burns, MD

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
Better than the movie.

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon
Examines depression in personal and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness & interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists

An Unquiet Mind Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison

Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give You by Richard O'Connor
A psychotherapist shows readers how to undo depression by replacing depressive patterns of thinking, relating, and behaving with a new and more effective set of skills.

When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens by Bev Cobain
In 1994, rock star Kurt Cobain ended his struggle with depression and chemical dependency by taking his own life. His suicide stunned millions of teens around the world who identified with the music of his band, Nirvana. Bev Cobain is Kurt's cousin, and this powerful book is her way of dealing with his death -- and reaching out to teens with lifesaving facts and advice. Bev defines and explains depression, describes the symptoms, and emphasizes that depression is treatable. Teens learn to recognize depression, understand its effects, take better care of themselves, and talk with people who care.

Grief and Loss

"I just feel numb right now." . . . When the death of a loved one occurs, the world can seem empty. There are resources to ease the pain

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CoolNurse
CoolNurse features articles and information about mental and physical health.
coolnurse.healthology.com/mental-health/focusarea.htm

Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter
Grief support groups are offered free of charge and meet at 2050 Claire Court in Glenview and other locations in the north suburban Chicagoland area. Midwest CareCenter offers a non-judgmental, confidential outlet to meet with others experiencing a similar loss.
847-467-7423
www.carecenter.org

National Hopeline Network
800-784-2433

National Youth Crisis Hotline
800-442-HOPE (800-442-4673)

PsychCentral: Grief and Loss
psychcentral.com/lib/category/grief-and-loss/

Teen Help Adolescent Resources
(800) 840-5704

Learning Disabilities

"I can't let anyone know I don't understand what's going on here. I feel so lost." ADHD or a Learning Disability can cause anxiety, depression, impulsiveness and lower self-confidence for smart kids who simply learn in a different way than others do. Find out how to be resilient and let your true intelligence shine.

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ADD Resource
Search the Web for ADHD and Learning Disability Resources
http://www.addresource.com

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD)
National nonprofit, parent-based organization which information on ADD, ordering materials, local chapters, and events.
http://www.chadd.org/

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 1997
legal information about amendments
http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/IDEA/

The International Dyslexia Association
8600 LaSalle Road
Chester Building Suite 382
Baltimore, MD 21286-2044
410-296-0232
Fax 410-321-5069
E-mail infor@interdys.org
http://www.interdys.org/

LDOnline
http://www.ldonline.org/

Learning Disabilities Association of America
4156 Library Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
412-341-1515
http://www.ldanatl.org/

National Attention Deficit Disorder Association
This nonprofit organization's web site focuses on information related to helping adults with attention deficit disorder learn to live successfully with their ADD.
http://www.add.org/

National Center for Learning Disabilities Inc.
381 Park Ave. South, Suite 1401
New York, NY 10016
212-545-7510 or 888-575-7373
Fax: 212-545-9665
http://www.ncld.org/

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
NICHCY is a national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Their special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22).
http://www.nichcy.org/

Office of Special Educaton and Rehabilitative Services
US Dept. of Education
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/index.shtml?src=mr

Smart But Stuck
Exposes the inner anxiety, trauma and shame of undiagnosed learning disabilities, and creates a pathway to resilience and success for young people and adults.
Book – Smart But Stuck: How Resilience Frees Imprisoned Intelligence From Learning Disabilities, Myrna Orenstein, Ph.D.
www.smartbutstuck.com

Tara's NLD Jumpstation
(private web page—but rather interesting)
http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/Spa/7262/

NLDline
http://www.nldline.com/

San Diego branch of the International Dyslexia Association
http://www.dyslexiasd.org/

Schwab Learning.org
http://www.schwablearning.org/index.asp

Univ. of Kansas Center for Research on Learning
http://www.ku-crl.org/

Mental Health Disorders

"What in the world could be happening here? Everything was just fine a minute ago." . . . When you're feeling "not yourself," and nothing seems to make sense, there is help available

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Borderline Personality Disorder Central
Offers support and resources, including message boards, links and real-life stories about coping with Borderline Personality Disorder.
www.bpcentral.com

Child and Adolescent BiPolar Foundation
www.bpkids.org

Erika's Lighthouse
Founded in memory of Erika Neukrantz
A beacon of hope for adolescent depression.
www.erikaslighthouse.org

EverydayHealth.com
A searchable website that features information on mental and physical disorders, plus healthy living recommendations for cooking, exercising and stress relief.
www.everydayhealth.com

Family Services of Winnetka-Northfield, Illinois
www.familyservicewn.org

Family Services Center for Glenview, Kenilworth, Northbrook, and Wilmette, Illinois
familyservicecenter.com

Family Services of Glencoe, Illinois
www.familyserviceofglencoe.org

Haven Youth Services
Located in Winnetka, Illinois, Haven Youth Services provides crisis and intervention support to teenagers. Supporting our children and their families 24 hours a day: 847-446-5606
havenforyouth.org

Illinois Dept. of Human Services
www.dhs.state.il.us

Josselyn Center
Located in Northfield, Illinois, the Josselyn Center provides mental health and related services to adults and adolescents.
www.josselyn.org

Mental Health America of Illinois
Resources for education including depression and suicide prevention
www.mhai.org

Metropolitan Family Services
847-328-2404
www.metrofamily.org

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
A not-for-profit organization of families, friends, patients and professionals dedicated to the treatment of persons with neurobiological disorders.
www.nami.org

NAMI Cook County North Suburban Chapter
Offers local support, education, resources and referrals.
www.namiccns.org

National Institute of Mental Health
Informational pages on anxiety, depression, OCD, schizophrenia and other disorders.
www.nimh.nih.gov

National Mental Health America
FAQs about mental illnesses, suicide prevention hotline, find a mental health care professional by zip code, other resources and links.
www.nmha.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-TALK (273-8255)

National Youth Crisis Hotline
(800) 442-HOPE (442-4673)

Obsessive Compulsive Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
www.ocfchicago.org

Samaritan Institute
Located in Naperville and Winnetka, Illinois, the Samaritan Institute has centers in 35 states and in Japan. Samaritan staff counselors have expertise in theology and are attuned to spiritual issues.
www.samaritaninstitute.org

Teen Help Adolescent Resources
(800) 840-5704

There's No Such Thing As Crazy
Created for teens and young adults by Fred Miller, MD, Ph.D as a companion to his film and DVD series "There's No Such Thing As Crazy"
www.nosuchthingascrazy.com/living_awesome.html

Trilogy
Trilogy is a private, not-for-profit community behavioral health agency whose mission is to serve people with serious mental illnesses. Trilogy has provided services in the Rogers Park and Evanston communities since 1971.
24-hour hotline assistance: 800-322-8400
www.trilogyinc.org

What a Difference A Friend Makes
This site is here for people living with mental illness—and their friends. You'll find tools to help in the recovery process, and you can also learn about the different kinds of mental illnesses, read real-life stories about support and recovery, and interact with the video to see how friends can make all the difference.
www.whatadifference.samhsa.gov/

Articles

Chicago Tribune
"School Gives Boys the Key to Becoming Real Men."

May 27, 2007
Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men, Chicago
All-boys public college-prep high school for young men of trauma and poverty, achieving socially and academically.

Chicago Tribune
"Stressed-Out Pupils Get Lessons in Coping."

December 22, 2006
Von Humboldt Elementary School classroom lessons in SEL.

American School Board Journal
"The Search for True Grit," by Susan Black

April, 2007
Cooperation and self-control as top social skills which are critically important for success.

Secrets

"If I tell anyone about what I see around me or what goes on in my head, they won't believe me or they'll think I'm crazy." . . . Saying it out loud to a person you can trust is healthy and helps us to find answers

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Mental Health America
Mental Health America has a promotion campaign to connect all of us in our fight for health and survival and to dispel stigma.
www.nmha.org

National Youth Crisis Hotline
800-442-HOPE (800-442-4673)

OpenMindsOpenDoors
OpenMindsOpenDoors is a Pennsylvania initiative aimed at ending discrimination against people with mental illnesses.
www.openmindsopendoors.com/

Say It Out Loud: Mental Health in Illinois
Dedicated to promoting mental health, talking about what is hurting us, and decreasing the stigma associated with mental disorders.
www.sayitoutloud.mentalhealthillinois.org

Smart But Stuck
Exposes the inner anxiety, trauma and shame of undiagnosed learning disabilities, and creates a pathway to resilience and success for young people and adults.
Book – Smart But Stuck: How Resilience Frees Imprisoned Intelligence From Learning Disabilities, Myrna Orenstein, Ph.D.
www.smartbutstuck.com

Teen Help Adolescent Resources
(800) 840-5704

There's No Such Thing As Crazy
Created for teens and young adults by Fred Miller, MD, Ph.D as a companion to his film and DVD series "There's No Such Thing As Crazy"
www.nosuchthingascrazy.com/living_awesome.html

What a Difference A Friend Makes
This site is here for people living with mental illness—and their friends. You'll find tools to help in the recovery process, and you can also learn about the different kinds of mental illnesses, read real-life stories about support and recovery, and interact with the video to see how friends can make all the difference.
www.whatadifference.samhsa.gov/

Sexuality

"I am so in love, I can't think." . . . Love is wonderful, but thinking and making wise decisions means health and safety for you and the one you love

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AIDS Hotline
(800) FOR-AIDS

AIDS Info: Treatment, Prevention and Research
(800) HIV-0440

American Social Health Association: Sexually Transmitted Disease Hotline
(800) 227-8922

America Social Health: STD Hotline
(800) 227-8922

CDC AIDS Information
(800) 232-4636

LINKS-North Shore Youth Health Service
1779 Maple St., Northfield, IL 60093
847-441-6191
Medical services for young men and women, ages 13 through 22, include gynecological exams, contraception, pap tests, STI (sexually transmitted infections) testing and treatment, diagnosis and treatment of other infections and emergency contraceptive pills (ECP or "morning after" pill). Links is a confidential clinic and full privacy is respected. No one is denied services because of inability to pay.
www.linksyouth.org

National AIDS Hotline
(800) 342-AIDS

Planned Parenthood Hotline
(800) 230-PLAN (230-7526)

Su Familia - The National Alliance for Hispanic Health
www.hispanichealth.org

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

"Am I the only one?" . . . You are not alone, even though it seems that way. You do not need to endure harassment or teasing. There are people who want to help

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"Being Gay is Okay"
Gay Youth Support from the UK.
www.bgiok.org.uk

Gay & Lesbian National Hotline
1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564)

Gay & Transgender Hate Crime Hotline
Do Not Tolerate Hate
1-800-616-HATE

Gender Issues
Great links and info for gender issues and more.
http://songweaver.com/gender/index.shtml

GLAAD: Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
Stresses media issues; includes a thorough directory of media addresses and numbers.
www.glaad.org

The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Alliance)
The Alliance's mission is to promote safety, support and healthy development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, in Illinois schools and communities, through advocacy, education, youth organizing and research.
www.illinoissafeschools.org

LINKS-Pride Youth Program
Offers youth that identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning their sexual orientation (GLBTQ) a safe and confidential space to learn more about themselves and to receive the support they need.
1025 N. Smith Road, Palatine, IL (Countryside Church) and 1779 Maple St., Northfield, IL 60093
847-441-6191
www.linksyouth.org

The Matthew Shepard Foundation
Embracing diversity
www.matthewshepard.org

OutProud- The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth
www.outproud.org

National LGBTQ Talk line/Support line
Trained peer supporters that are also youth.
1-800-246-PRIDE

Queer Bodies.Org
An intersex youth initiative of Bodies Like Ours
www.queerbodies.org

The Trevor Help Line
Specializing in gay and lesbian youth suicide prevention
1-800-850-8078

Youth Resource - Support and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (GLBTQ) Youth
www.youthresource.com

Books on gender and gender issues:

The Androgyne: Reconciliation of Male and Female by Emelre Zola

Conundrum by Jan Morris

The Doom Patrol by Grant Morrison and Rachel Pollock

Dragonsword by Gael Baudino

The Invisibles by Grant Morrison

Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin

The Sandman by Neil Gaiman

Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg

Vested Interests: Cross-Dressing and Cultural Anxiety by Marjorie Garber

Social and Emotional Learning

"It's hard to know how I feel, to make choices and keep all my friends." . . . Learn how to express your emotions in healthy ways, make positive decisions and build supportive friendships

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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) – Five Skills
 • Self awareness
 • Self management
 • Responsible decision-making
 • Social awareness
 • Relationship skills
These five skills are explained in a free online video located at
http://www.edutopia.org/video?filter0=246&filter1=

CFChildren.Org
A site to learn about SEL and how to practice SEL skills; Second Step K-8 SEL curriculum
www.cfchildren.org

Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), Dept. of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Everything you need to know about SEL, including free downloads of SEL curricula.
www.casel.org

ReadWriteThink.Org
Social and emotional learning resources.
www.readwritethink.org

Educators for Social Responsibility
Teaches youth how to resolve conflict creatively www.esrnational.org

George Lucas Educational Foundation
www.edutopia.org is the website for the George Lucas Educational Foundation, and contains tools for teachers, students and parents to implement social and emotional learning skills.
www.edutopia.org

National Institute. of Mental Health
Informational pages on anxiety, depression, OCD, schizophrenia and other disorders.
www.nimh.nih.gov

National Mental Health Association
FAQs about mental illnesses, suicide prevention hotline, find a mental health care professional by zip code, other resources and links.
www.nmha.org

Obsessive Compulsive Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
www.ocfchicago.org

An outreach program of the Lions Club
Teaches youth the values of shared decision-making, taking responsibility and running community service learning projects.
www.lions-quest.org

Books

The Misfits by James Howe
A group of teen outcast friends build a lofty student council campaign platform on the promise: no more name-calling.

Rewind by Sleator, W., 1999
Think before you act, listen, ask. Do you ever wish you could go back and rewind your own life? What would you do differently?

Schools Where Everyone Belongs by Stan Davis
Adults and teens can gain a deeper understanding of bullying and learn strategies to deal with it.

When Zachary Beaver Came To Town by Holt, K., 1999
Respecting the differences in others; people from other backgrounds can still be friends; don't judge a book by its cover.

Warriors Don't Cry by Beals, M., 1994
Desegregation of Little Rock schools; self-regulation and remaining calm.

Movies

Freedom Writers on DVD with Hillary Swank
Teens create supportive friendships to survive and thrive in life and in school.
The Freedom Writers Diary

Pay It Forward on DVD with Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt
A young man finds a new life for himself by making a life-changing difference in the lives of three people.

Substance Abuse

"If I drink or smoke or take pills, it makes my pain go away for a while." But temporary relief isn't enough, and drugs can kill. Find healthy ways to be "in real time" and feel good in your own body

choose to learn what can be of help

Al-Anon for Families of Alcoholics
(800) 344-2666

Alcohol Hotline
(800) 331-2900

Alcohol and Drug Helpline
(800) 821-4357

Alcohol Treatment Referral Hotline
(800) 252-6465

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Hotline
(800) 729-6686

Cocaine Anonymous
(800) 347-8998

Families Anonymous
(800) 736-9805

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Hopeline
(800) 622-2255

National Help Line for Substance Abuse
(800) 262-2463

National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline
(800) 662-4357

Poison Control
(800) 222-1222

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Dept.of Health and Human Services
Free downloads of educational handouts, info on mental illnesses and substance abuse to suicide prevention, HIV education, safe schools and healthy kids.
www.samhsa.gov

Teen Help Adolescent Resources
(800) 840-5704


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The Mental Health America North Shore has speakers available on various subjects, including mental health and social-emotional wellness, gang violence, depression, suicide prevention, social-emotional learning (SEL), substance abuse prevention and counseling, teen issues, neurobiological disorders such as schizophrenia, anxiety, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and other disorders, and the stigma often attached to mental health treatment. Other topics include: Abuse, Anxiety/Stress, Body Image, Bullying and Gang Violence, Cutting/Self-Harm, Depression, Grief and Loss, Learning Disabilities, Mental Health Disorders, Secrets, Sexuality, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and other concerns of teens and young adults.