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Crisis Lines

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NSP lifeline

   National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
   1-800-TALK (273-8255)
   Español: 1-888-628-9454
   TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (779-4889)
   Call or chat

Help Lines

Hours of service are limited

  • Teen Line 1-800-TLC-TEEN (852-8336)
    A teen-to-teen confidential helpline open from 6-10 pm every night
    Text "teen" to 839863
  • NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) 1-800-950-NAMI (950-6264)
    Helpline Information, referrals and support available from M-F, 7 am to 3 pm (West coast time) If you are in crisis, text “NAMI” to 741741
  • National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Helpline 1-800-831-2237
    Available M-Th 6am-6pm, F 6am-2pm (West coast time)
    If you are in crisis, text “NEDA” to 741741

Online Sites and Support Communities

Your Life Your Voice It’s okay to ask for help. This is a 24/7 support community for teens. Don’t feel like talking? Check out the:

  • Bulletin Board - real advice for real situations
  • Tips – how to deal with challenging situations – here’s a few:

Self Injury
Your Safety Your Plan
99 Coping Skills
Abusive Relationships
Seeing a Counselor

  • Mood Journal Mobile App – download this animated app, track your moods, journal, get tips, and access free professional counseling

To Write Love on Her Arm
At the TWLOHA blog, you will find stories of hope and help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

SIOS - Self-Injury Outreach and Support
Information and resources about self-injury to those who self-injure. Here you will find guide for those who self injurecoping and recovery tools.

Trevor Project Support Center
This is an online international peer-to-peer community for LGBTQ young people and their friends.

Ditch The Label. Your World. Prejudice Free.
Anti-bullying support hub. Ask a question -- or search popular categories: appearance, buddies, cyberbullying, disability, gender, lol, masculinity, mental health, parents, racism, real stores, relationships, religion, sexuality.

You Matter Blog
Never Never Give Up. A safe space for youth to discuss and share stories about mental health and wellness, created and administered by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Tumblr community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems. An open, safe space to express yourself moderated by the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). Share poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages.

Bring Change to Mind
Ending stigma surrounding mental illness for young people. Learn the facts about different types of mental illness and share stories about your experience.

Go Ask Alice!
Q&A for young people. Answers questions about alcohol & other drugs, emotional health, nutrition & physical activity, general health, relationships, and sexual & reproductive health. If you've thought about a health question, it's likely on Go Ask Alice! If you don't find the Health Answer you're looking for, then ask Alice!
Sex education for the real world. Advice for teens and emerging adults on bodies, gender, sexual identity, relationships, sex & sexuality, sexual health, pregnancy & parenting, abuse, sexual politics, in your own words. Ask for help via messageboards, live chat, or text to 206-866-2279

Online Teen Legal Guide to Sex, Pregnancy, and Parenting
Let the National Center for Youth Law help you find answers to legal questions for teens, including teens in foster care and legal, social and health services near you.

Having A Bad Day?
An interactive self-care guide - this online tool talks you through self-care on bad days. It's designed to take as much of the weight off of you as possible, so each decision is very easy and doesn't require much judgment.

Therapy Resources

Advice on Therapy
This is an article from Mental Health America on how therapy can help you, common types of therapy, what to expect, and getting the most of therapy.

Understanding Psychotherapy And How It Works
Check out this online information from the American Psychological Association and learn the ins and outs of therapy, what it is, how to get started, different types, and assessing how effective it is.

Seeing a Therapist (for Teens)
Here you can find online advice for teens about seeing therapists from health care professionals at

Stress & Coping Center (for Teens)
Explore this site for advice on coping with mental health conditions from health care professionals at
This is an online interactive site about therapy -- how it works and how to make it work for you — in plain English.

Medication Resources

Foster Youth Mental Health Bill of Rights: Questions to Ask About Medications
Your rights about taking mental health medication, questions to ask, how to prepare for your visit to your doctor, and scripts for talking to your doctor, pharmacist, social worker, probation officer, public health nurse, attorney and judge.

Advice on Mental Health Medications
This is an article from Mental Health America on types of medications, making decisions about medications, getting the most out of taking medications, dealing with side effects, and what to do if you thinking of stopping your medications.

Crisis Planning Resources

Navigating Crisis
This is a simple two-page brochure that gives helpful real world advice when you or someone else is in crisis.

Personal Crisis Plan (Advance Directive)
This is a detailed form you can fill out as an “Advance Directive” to people who will care for you in the event of a crisis. It gives you a place to let people know what you are like when you are feeling well, what the signs are when you are having trouble, and who you do and don’t want to help care for you.It also includes a place to record your basic medical information. You may want to have a trusted adult help you fill it out.

Foster Youth Wellness Website

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Foster Youth Wellness Home
Physical Wellness
Emotional Wellness
Intellectual Wellness
Spiritual Wellness
Social Wellness
Environmental Wellness
Occupational Wellness
Financial Wellness

Printable Documents

Know Your Rights!

If you have questions about your rights or need help with other issues while you are in foster care, please contact The Office of the Foster Care Ombudsperson.

Foster Care Ombudsperson
1-877-846-1602 (toll-free helpline)

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