The following categories each contain resources (links, phone numbers and/or books) pertaining to that subject.
"Is love supposed to hurt?". . . If someone in your life is hurting you emotionally or physically, don't be afraid
"I'm at the end of my rope." . . . If you're feeling stressed or pressured, don't despair
"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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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
"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.
"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
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
"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.
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
"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
"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
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
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
"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
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