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Resources for Teens

  • Teen Guide to Getting Help: This guide contains information on common issues facing teens and where to get help.
  • Crisis Text Line: Free, 24/7 confidential texting available for all teens in NYC through Crisis Text Line (CTL): TEXT “GO” TO 741-741.
  • LifeNet

Alcohol & Drugs
  • NIDA for Teens: Facts, blogs, and real life stories about teens and drugs

  • ReachOut USA
    inspiring stories of teens living with depression, eating disorders, body image, bullying, stress, conflict, drugs
    and alcohol and how they cope.

  • The Children's Advocacy Project of NYC: lists many resources and social services for teens

  • Alateen
    helps families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. Alateen is our recovery program for young people
    - NYC Alateen meetings

  • The Cool Spot
    teens' place for information on alcohol and resisting
    peer pressure

  • Project Renew, a program within the Health Department that provides substance abuse (alcohol and/or drugs) screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment services at many free and confidential STD clinics during regular clinic visit.


  • National Crime Prevention Council Cyberbullying resources for teens

  • GLBT National Youth Talkline 1-800-246-7743 or by email:

  • The Trevor Project
    The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.

  • Pacer Center Bullying awareness resources for kids and teens with disabilities and Teens Against Bullying

  • Reach Out USA
    inspiring stories of teens living with depression, eating disorders, body image, bullying, stress, conflict, drugs and alcohol and how they cope.

  • Stop Bullying Now includes webisodes, information about cyberbullying

  • That’s Not Cool Campaign - Videos, electronic call out cards, and information and resources about abuse via texting, instant messaging and online accounts

  • YouthWEB Online: unites youngsters, teens and adults from diverse backgrounds and communities in the fight against bias, bigotry and prejudice. Young people can report hate-related incidents and get assistance along with information about hate crimes, school violence, discrimination and human rights.


Dating Violence
  • National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline (1-866-331-9474 or 1-866-331-8453 [TTY]) -
    National 24-hour resource by phone or online, specifically designed for teens and young adults with real-time one-on-one support from trained Peer (Teen) Advocates.

  • Reach out to Day One, a New York City organizations devoted to the issue of teen dating violence.

  • Resource List (PDF) for Adolescent Victims of Domestic Violence and Dating Violence

  • Learn more about Teen Dating Violence, including:


See It and Stop It Campaign - This site was created by teens in Massachusetts to help other teens identify teen dating violence, help victims and abusers get help, and take action to end teen relationship violence.

The New York City Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence offers several youth-focused programs including the NYC Healthy Relationship Training Academy and the Adopt-A-School/Relationship Abuse Prevention Program.



Health Insurance

Healthy Weight


Sexual Health

Suicidal Thoughts


Teens in NYC have the right to sexual health services without getting permission from parents, girlfriends/boyfriends or anyone else. Click for the brochure.

Health Bulletin #90: How to Prevent Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections