This week on 60 Minutes, Sharyn Alfonsi reported on the the harmful effects that social media can have on Teens Across the United States If you or someone you know needs help, the following resources are available:
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988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is an American suicide prevention network available to anyone in a suicidal crisis or in emotional distress. More than 200 crisis centers provide a 24/7 service via a free hotline.
Call 988 or 800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis text line
The Crisis Text Line serves people across the United States facing any type of crisis and provides free, 24/7 emotional support and information via text. A live, trained specialist will receive and respond to the text, all from a secure online platform.
Text HOME to 741741
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and support to lesbian, gay, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth under the age of 25. Users can speak to a crisis counselor 24/7 from anywhere in the United States, and all connections are free and confidential.
Call 866-488-7386 or text START to 678-678
Boys Town National Helpline
Boys Town helps all children (including girls) and families, regardless of a person’s background, race or religion. The Boys Town National Helpline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is staffed by specially trained counsellors. Parents, teens, and families can find help for a range of issues, including abuse, anger, depression, school problems, bullying, caring for a child in crisis, and treatment of complex health problems.
Spanish speaking counselors and translation services for over 100 languages are also available 24 hours a day. Deaf and hard of hearing can connect through the email address: email@example.com
Call 800-448-3000 or text VOICE to 20121
Samaritans 24 Hour Crisis Hotline
Confidential 24/7 helpline for the NYC-Metropolitan area that provides non-religious emotional support for those feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or in crisis.
National Eating Disorders Helpline
Support, resources and treatment options for you or a loved one struggling with an eating disorder. Helpline volunteers are trained to help you find the support and information you need.
Monday – Thursday 11am – 9pm ET
Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET
Monday – Thursday 3pm – 6pm ET
Friday 1 to 5 p.m. ET
If you are in crisis and need help immediately, text NEDA on 741741
Teen Line provides support, resources and hope to young people through a hotline staffed by professionally trained teen counselors and outreach programs that de-stigmatize and normalize mental health.
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. PST
Text TEEN to 839863
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. PST
H2 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR SUPPORT
IMAlive is a live online network that uses instant messaging to respond to people in crisis, giving them a safe place to go during times of crisis and intense emotional pain. All of its volunteers are trained and certified in crisis intervention.
notOK App® is a free digital panic button to help you immediately by SMS, phone call or GPS location when you have trouble reaching you. The app notifies your trusted contacts that they have been selected as a support group. So when the time is right and you need to contact him, all you have to do is open the app and press the big red notOK® button.
Active Minds is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting mental health, especially among young adults, through dialogue and peer interaction.
StopBullying.gov provides resources for youth and adults about bullying. It includes information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
Warning signs of youth suicide
American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and National Center for the Prevention of Youth Suicide (NCpys) Youth Suicide Warning Signs
My life is worth living
My Life Worth Living is the first animated series to address teen suicide prevention. Some of the topics covered include fear of being rejected for being LGBTQ+, living with depression, addiction, and fear of disappointing your parents.
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
SPTS is dedicated to increasing awareness, saving lives, and reducing the stigma of suicide through specialized training programs and resources that equip teens, parents, and education leaders with the skills needed to help young people build lives of resilience.
Log Off is a movement dedicated to rethinking social media by young people for young people. The organization is dedicated to reducing the impact of social media on mental health, while teaching teens and their parents how to navigate the vast cogs of life on social media. They use an array of mediums, such as a website, podcast, blog, and the Character Ed program to further investigate how social media affects their teenage users around the world.
Tech(nically) Politics is a teen-led movement collecting stories from young people about social media and the impact on teen mental health in order to advance legislation to regulate social media.