Where to go when you need someone to talk to

Being a teen already has its challenges. But being a teen trying to live your best life in a global pandemic is next level.

This time may have you feeling anxious, worried, and stressed about both the present AND the future. It might be really helpful to have someone to talk to, but you might not be sure where to go. There may be things you aren’t ready to share with your friends or family. Or you may not want to worry them even more with everything else that’s going on in the world.

That is A-OK. Thankfully there are a bunch of folks out there who specialize in chatting with teens who may have some heavy things on their mind and want to talk it through with someone else.

Here are some great resources we recommend:

OnYourMind is a safe and anonymous place for teens & youth to talk, find support, and explore resources. Reaching out can feel overwhelming and scary, especially to a stranger. You can talk about anything that’s on your mind, including relationships, school, depression, stress, suicide, friends, parents, cutting, identity, and health. We don’t share your information outside of the chat.

Teen Line
If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you! Call, Text, or Email us. Check out “Ask TEEN LINE,” find resources in the Youth Yellow Pages, or join conversations with other teens on message boards.

The Crisis Text Line
The Crisis Text Line is the only 24/7, nationwide crisis-intervention text-message hotline. The Crisis Text Line can be reached by texting HOME to 741-741.

California Warmline
1-855-845-7415 available 24/7
A non-emergency resource for anyone seeking emotional support

If you feel like hurting yourself, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).

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