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Other people you can seek help from would be a school nurse, teacher, counselor, trusted adult, parents
What do I say?
“I don’t know what to do…”
“Can we talk?”
“I’m struggling with…”
Speak up for yourself, find someone to talk to, know what your needs are, and know how to communicate
Teen Hotline & Support
Area Substance Abuse Council: 319-390-4611 or www.asac.us
Mobile Crisis Outreach: on site crisis intervention 1-855-800-1239 24 hours a day 7 days a week
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 24/7
Planned Parenthood: text “PPINFO” to 774636 to get answers about birth control, emergency contraception, sexually transmitted infections, and abortion
Yourlifeiowa.org: call 24/7 at 1-855-581-8111 or text at 1-855-895-8398 from 6pm-10pm
Teen Line: 1-800-TLC-TEEN from 8pm-12am or text “TEEN” to 839863 8pm-11pm. If you need help figuring anything out or if you just need someone to listen.
Alcohol is a depressant. 90% of Americans with a substance abuse problem started smoking, drinking, or using other drugs before the age of 18.
The active chemical in marijuana is THC. THC is one of several chemicals found in the marijuana plant. THC is not medicine and is illegal in the State of Iowa.
Having anxiety can be normal when dealing with stress and serves as an alert in order that we pay attention. Anxiety Disorders are when you experience excessive anxiety or fear. Anxiety disorders are treatable.
Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or loss of interest in activities that you once enjoyed. If you have depression you can have physical and emotional problems that can interfere with school and other activities.
It is important for teens to take care of themselves. You work hard and you deserve a break. If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed make sure you are keeping up with sleep, nutrition, and exercise.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 15-34.
Sexual Health & Pregnancy
Teens that are sexually healthy either practice abstinence or safer sex. Abstinence is not engaging in any sexual activity and it the only 100% effective way to prevent sexually transmitted infections.
During your adolescents, you begin to learn how to form safe and healthy relationships. You are also trying to figure out who you are as a person and your relationships that you have in your life play in big role in figuring this out.
Physical, emotional, verbal, cultural, and sexual are all types of violence. Bullying and the intent to harm are violent behaviors. Violence can come from anyone whether they are an adult or teen as well as familiar and unfamiliar people.
Do you identify or are you questioning your gender identity and gender expression? Are you thinking about coming out to your friends and family? This is a very personal process and it is a very intimate and vulnerable time when sharing with others.
Other people you can seek help from would be a school nurse, teacher, counselor, trusted adult, parents.