It takes a lot to raise a healthy child. As they grow and explore the world around them, social and peer relationships can get more complicated. Their sense of self confidence may need more boosting. They may need advice on how to channel the natural curiosity and adventurousness of adolescence in a healthy direction, rather than caving in to negative peer pressure and experimenting with substances like nicotine/tobacco, drugs and alcohol or participating in unhealthy relationships.
Teaching our children about healthy behaviors and relationships is a continual process that requires open and honest conversations. They also need trusted resources that they can explore on their own to find answers. Below are some suggestions:
Students Against Destructive Decisions is a national non-profit dedicated to the safety and wellness of all students. Using 40 years of expertise to facilitate educational and engaging programming, SADD operates through school and community chapters (like student clubs) dedicated to advocating healthy decision-making. SADD was founded on the simple philosophy that young people, empowered to help each other, are the most effective force in prevention.
Teen Mental Health
Web MD's information on Anxiety in Teens helps identify it, explains how much is too much, and suggests solutions.
The Mayo Clinic's Teen Depression website explains what it looks like and how to get help.
Teen Talk is a peer-based group for youth 12-18 that are seeking social emotional support. This is a Spanish speaking program.
Drug and Alcohol Resources
Hope One is a mobile recovery access vehicle that offers critical support for persons struggling with addition, with the goals of preventing drug overdoses and deaths
One Love is on a mission to educate young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships, empowering them to identify and avoid abuse and learn how to love better. Through our powerful films, workshops, and peer-to-peer discussions, One Love offers a framework that helps students spread our message online and in their communities.