National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741
The Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 mental health support via text message
Your Life, Your Voice
Text VOICE to 20121
The Boys Town National Hotline is a toll free number available to kids, teens and young adults at any time. Please contact us if you’re depressed, contemplating suicide, being physically or sexually abused, on the run, addicted, threatened by gang violence, fighting with a friend or parent, or if you are faced with an overwhelming challenge. Call, text, chat, or email all available via the website.
The Trevor Project
Call (866) 488-7386
Text ‘Start’ to 678 678
Visit https://www.thetrevorproject.org/ for Chat
The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning, etc.) young people
Call (877) 565-8860
Trans Lifeline provides trans peer support for our community that’s been divested from police since day one. We’re run by and for trans people.
Love is Respect
Text “LOVEIS” to 22522
Visit www.loveisrespect.org for Chat
Love is Respect is the national resource to disrupt and prevent unhealthy relationships and intimate partner violence by empowering young people through inclusive and equitable education, support, and resources.
A project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Love is Respect offers 24/7 information, support, and advocacy to young people between the ages of 13 and 26 who have questions or concerns about their romantic relationships. We also provide support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, and other service providers through the same free and confidential services via phone, text, and live chat.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
Call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
Visit https://rainn.org/ for Chat
RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and leading authority on sexual violence. We are a dynamic organization of experts in victim services, public education, public policy, consulting services, and technology. Our team works together to provide best-in-class services for survivors, inform and educate the nation about sexual violence, and improve the public policy and criminal justice response to sexual violence.
National Eating Disorder Association
Call (800) 931-2237
Monday—Thursday 11am—9pm ET
Friday 11am—5pm ET
Text (800) 931-2237
Monday—Thursday 3pm—6pm ET
Friday 1pm—5pm ET
Crisis Text Line
Text “NEDA” to 741741
If you are in a crisis and need help immediately, text the crisis line to be connected with a trained volunteer. Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support via text message to individuals who are struggling with mental health, including eating disorders, and are experiencing crisis situations.
Visit https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/ for chat
Monday—Thursday 9am—9pm ET
Friday 9am—5pm ET
NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care
National Runaway Safeline
Call 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)
Visit https://www.1800runaway.org/ for Chat
NRS provides free services to youth in crisis aged 12 to 21. We hear from young people who are at home and simply need somewhere to turn for advice, and also we connect with youth who have runaway or were kicked out of their home and are now couch surfing, living in their car or staying in shelters or on the street.
211 is the most comprehensive source of information about local resources and services in the country. Most calls, web chats, and text messages are from people looking for help meeting basic needs like housing, food, transportation, and health care.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Find resources for youth, including information on managing your mental health in college and making friends.
Go Ask Alice!
Geared at young adults, this question and answer website contains a large database of questions about a variety of concerns surrounding emotional health.
This website provides information on specific mental health disorders, as well as resources to help teens make safe plans when feeling suicidal, and helpful tips on how to relax.
Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine promotes positive youth development, illness prevention, achievement of individual potential and a sense of physical, mental, and social well-being.
A non-profit health organization that believes that everyone facing mental and emotional health challenges deserves to have access to free, unbiased information without being pressured by special interests or corporate sponsors.
Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
The Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth (BAGLY)
A youth-led, adult-supported organization committed to social justice, and creating, sustaining and advocating for programs, policies and services for the LGBTQ+ youth community.
A global online community for gender-expansive teens, their families and support professionals to connect, collaborate and find resources.
GLAD LGBT Youth Resource List
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.
Kelty Mental Health Resource Center
Reference sheets are provided that list top websites, books, videos, toolkits and support for mental health disorders
The leading nonprofit that empowers college students to speak openly about mental health, Active Minds aims to educate others and encourage help-seeking.
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. This website provides resources on finding GSA Chapters, and tools on how to establish or reestablish a GSA.
This website offers resources specifically for teens to prevent bullying in their schools and communities and provides resources for those being bullied.
Teens Against Bullying
Created by and for teens, this website is a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, take action, be heard, and own an important social cause
Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth works alongside thousands of young people here in the U.S. and around the globe as they fight for sexual health, rights, and justice.
They work to disrupt inequality, dismantle racism, and accelerate change in key areas including criminal justice, health care, education, climate, and the economy.
“The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.”
-Hannah-Jones, N., In Elliott, M., Hughes, J., Silverstein, J., New York Times Company., & Smithsonian Institution. (2019). The 1619 project: New York Times magazine, August 18, 2019.
Your friendly neighborhood YA and Reference Librarian Caroline is here to help!
Feel free to contact Caroline to help find sources for papers, projects and more!
We are looking for teens going into grades 7-12 who want to connect with other people their age and help the library with their input and volunteer work (yes, even virtual volunteer work).
The Teen Advisory Board returns every other Wednesday at 4 pm.