Help Guide for Teen Issues


Find information and advice here about the many issues facing teens today: physical health, fitness and body issues, eating disorders, mental health and depression, sexual health and orientation, relationships, drugs, pregnancy, abortion, STDs, HIV, suicide, and various kinds of abuse.

Internet Links
Advocates for Youth
This organization supports efforts that help young people make informed, responsible choices about their reproductive and sexual health. The site offers accurate and complete sexual health information, ways to educate yourself and take responsibility for protection from dangerous behavior, stay healthy and get involved in efforts to provide responsible sexual education everywhere.
Lots of good information about sex, relationships, birth control, safe sex, STDs, HIV/AIDS, puberty, and gay/lesbian issues.
FAQs about Sex
Questions about sex asked mainly by young people.
Go Ask Alice!
The Health Education Program at Columbia University answers your questions on teen health issues: general health, fitness and nutrition, eating disorders, alcohol, nicotine and drug usage, sexuality, pregnancy, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS and sexual issues for both men and women.
I Wanna Know
The place to go for information about safe and responsible sex and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Also includes information about preventing the spread of disease that can occur through body piercings and tatoos.
IPL Teen Space: Health and Sexuality
The Internet Public Library has information for you on eating disorders, sexuality, illness, abuse and more.
NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse
Learn about how drugs affect the brain and your behavior, why you should avoid them, and get answers to any other questions you may have from the director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
A web page about sex for teens by teens. Teens share their experiences and solutions through feature stories, polls and message boards.
Information about what AIDS is and how to avoid it, as well as stories and advice for teens by teens, and Q&A sections make this an important site. The Foreign AIDS pages provide information in Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Chinese and other languages.
Teen Help
Teen Help is a website for all teens, parents, and professionals. They include information on parenting teenagers, troubled teens, teen issues, treatment programs, and other related topics.
A site created for teens looking for honest, accurate, information and advice about health, relationships and growing up. This is a safe, private place to get information 24/7 that you need to understand the things you (and your friends) may be going through, and to make educated decisions about your life. Also available in Spanish.
Advice, definitions, chat, games and quizzes - and more! - are available at this Planned Parenthood-sponsored site. Honest and comprehensive information about all aspects of sexuality, including gay, lesbian and bisexual issues; teen pregnancy and STDs; and body, sex and romance Q&As, are presented. Free, private registration is required to access much of the site. Also available in Spanish.
Articles & Databases
A freely available resource of full-text health information for consumers, including such areas as: AIDS/HIV; child health; gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender health; men's & women's health issues; general nutrition; obesity and weight control; physical fitness and exercise; sexuality; pregnancy; sexually transmitted diseases, as well as other common disease topic areas. Available in English and Spanish.
A searchable collection of pre-selected Web sites reviewed by librarians, educators, subject-area specialists, and editors.
Print Resources
Adolescent Drugs and Alcohol Abuse
Babbit, Nikki
How to spot substance abuse, stop it and get help for yourself, your friends and your family.
Cutting and Self-Mutilation: When Teens Injure Themselves
Winkler, Kathleen
Explains what cutting is and explores why teens might deliberately injure themselves, stressing that cutting is a curable condition and offering readers suggestions about where to find help or how to help others.
Drugs 101: An Overview For Teens
Margaret O. Hyde
Includes discussions of various types of drugs, physical effects, addiction and prevention, as well as the legalization debate.
My Kind of Sad: What It's Like to Be Young and Depressed
Kate Scowen
Advice and information from a youth counselor on the different types of depression and treatment options. Includes referrals to websites and hotlines, as well as quotes from teens who have suffered from depression.
Staying Safe : A Teen's Guide To Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Miranda Hunter
Learn about STDs and safe sex practices.
The History of Drugs: Club Drugs
ed. Katherine Swarts
Get the facts on club drugs, and read up on other drugs in this series, titled The History of Drugs.
Your Pregnancy and Newborn Journey : A Guide for Pregnant Teens
Jeanne Warren Lindsay
Offers practical medical and nutritional advice for pregnant teens, as well as a section for teen fathers.
More Information
24-hour New York City Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-621-HOPE (bilingual). Get advice and information about places to go, including safe havens and shelters.
Crime Victims Hotline: (212) 577-7777; NYC Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 621-HOPE; (800) 810-7444 TDD; September 11th Support Hotline: (866) 689-HELP Rape & Sexual Assault Hotline: (212) 227-3000
CDC National STD & AIDS Hotline: English: 1-800-227-8922; TYY: 1-800-243-7889; Spanish: 1-800-344-7432. Provides anonymous, confidential information on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and how to prevent them. Also, provides referrals to clinical and other services.
212-941-9090. The Door offers young people ages 12-21 FREE comprehensive educational, health, nutritional and counseling programs, legal services for young people in need of civil legal representation, as well as arts & recreation, all under one roof.
(800)246-4646 - In English and Spanish, 24/7. The NYC Department of Youth Services' Youthline provides information on housing, shelters, health care, employment, and legal and criminal justice issues to youth and their parents and teachers. Youthline does not provide counseling, but its staff can make referrals. Youthline's FYI-Line also gives up-to-date listings of cultural, educational and athletic events; all you have to do is ask to hear it.