“The hardest thing to do in this world is to live in it.” “The Gift.” Buffy the Vampire Slayer, WB, 22, May, 2001.
Hi friends, how are you? We are living in an uncertain and scary time right now. I am sharing some resources that could be helpful if you are feeling sad, scared, alone, depressed, overwhelmed – whatever you are feeling, you do not have to go through it alone. These resources are geared towards teenagers but could be helpful to folks of any age.
- Resolve Crisis Resources: Call 412-864-5065 or 1-888-796-8226. This 24/7 free service is for anyone feeling overwhelmed. They have a Child and Adolescent Crisis Intervention Services team available.
- Wide Open Schools: Explore this collection of resources designed to make at home learning an ‘inspiring experience’. Find everything from how to set up a schedule to virtual field trips and, most importantly, ways to support emotional well-being.
- Disaster Distress Hotline: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. This 24/7 national hotline provides immediate crisis counseling for people experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255. This 24/7 national network of local crisis centers provides free, confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network): Call 1-800-656-4673. Access the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization by calling or using the chat feature on their website.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Call 1-800-950-6264. This helpline is open Monday-Friday from 10 am–6 pm, Eastern. or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
More Pittsburgh Health and Safety Resources for Teens
Even if you feel alone, there are a lot of places to turn. Here are just a few.