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Crisis / Suicide
If you are in crisis, feeling out of control or suicidal, do one (or more) of these things, right now:
  • Tell someone you trust: a family member, friend, or other support person.
  • Tell your health care professional: your primary care doctor, psychiatrist, or therapist.
  • Go to a hospital if you can't reach any of your supporters, or if these feelings continue.
  • Call the National Hopeline, 1-800-442-4673 (USA only) to be connected to a crisis hotline near you.
Do not hesitate to call. Your life is extremely valuable, and people care about you.
Please reach out for help. Never act on your thoughts of suicide. Never.

You don't have to feel this way. There is help. Don't lose hope.

Support Hotlines: Free to Call*
Suicide Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE 08457 90 90 90
Rape, Abuse and Incest Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE 020 8683 3300
Anonymous Weapons at School Tip Hotline 1-800-SPEAKUP  
Aids Hotline 1-800-342-2437 (English)
1-800-344-7432 (Spanish)
0800 137 437
Drug Abuse Hotline 1-800-662-4357 0800 776600
Runaway Hotline 1-800-621-4000 0808 800 70 70
Hotline for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 020 7230 4029
Youth Crisis Hotline 1-800-448-4663 0800 1111
Poison Control Hotline 1-800-222-1222  

* Calls are toll-free except for UK numbers starting with 08457 or 020. However, mobile phone operators may charge for toll-free calls, but in the UK the Childline (0800 1111) is free even from a mobile phone and will not appear on your bill.

Age of Consent
What does the age of consent mean?
The age of consent is the age at which the law says a young person can agree to have sex. Before someone reaches the age of consent, they are not allowed to have sex with anyone, whatever age their partner may be. The law says that to have sex, both partners must be over the age of consent.

» View Age of Consent by State and Country

Peer Listener Handbook
» Basic Communication Skills
» Checklist for Peer Listeners
» Making Contact
» Roadblocks to Effective Communication
» Listening Skills
» Aspects of Listening
» Listening Can Be Learned
» Four Types of Questions
» Model for Working with Feelings
» Problem Solving
» Helping People with Decision Making
» Things to Remember

Stories Written by Members
Rape Survivors:
» Rape
» Why Did I Hate The Baby I Always Had Wanted at Fifteen?
» Jan. 08
» Years Have Passed, But The Pain Remains
» Raped and had a Baby at 15...
» A very short account of me.
» Friendships can hurt.
» year anniversary, rape. *graphic*
» When I was 12 I was raped
» Twelve and Pregnant
» Rape on New Year's Eve
» Rape Baby.
» Party Night Gone Wrong
» Abuse, in more ways than one
» My rapist ex.
» raped in father's bed
» Rape
» My personal hell
» Why Didn't I Fight?
» When you life hits rock bottom, you think there is no way back.
» Abuse and Rape
» Raped by the person I trusted most...
» Family,Rape,And Teen Pregnancy
» And thats why...
» Life Ain't No Crystal Stair
» Truth Hurts
» A Child's Nightmare Come True

Self Harm & Suicide:
» My cutting story
» Cutting & Me
» My subtle suicide
» Cutting to Eating Disorders
» The emotional impact of family with drug addicts
» Where Can I Go?
» Am I Dead?
» Depression
» A lifetime In a year
» Why You Shouldn't Enjoy Cutting
» My depression, and suicide attempts
» A cutters regrets
» Alyx
» Everyone wants something to be wrong with me
» My Misery
» Cutting Through the Pain (my story)
» My escape
» My Story.
» The exacto knife
» Cutting
» With a Little Help From My Friends
» not the only one I'm hurting
» Ever falling...ever hurting...ever holding on another night
» Why do people cut?
» My Lesson From Cutting
» My Suicidal Story
» Guns and roses I have hope for bipolar
» Cutting isn't the answer.
» Cutting and looking at why i do it in a differnt way
» My Story - Cutting and Suicide
» Not-Living
» Cutting - The story of my life
» Blood as relief?
» Cut of the Day
» Cutting - can you stop?
» The Story of an Online Porn Star,
» The Story of Me
» Lost - Story of myself
» Dealing with Anorexia, My Story.
» Cutting
» I too Am A Cutter
» Getting over self-harm
» Not " Normal " Anymore
» Psychological Addiction: Not Yet Beaten, But Not Yet Lost
» I Am a Trichster
» From Depression To Loving Life - Not Impossible
» The Ongoing Battle With Myself

» In Our Time Of Mourning, Where Can We Find Comfort?
» My Uncle died then life fell apart.
» Dad Died, I Love You And Miss You
» The worst it can get...
» Love forever
» A Deadly Disaster
» I never got to say goodbye.
» Death Hurts
» I kind of died with him.
» My dad died, and I just couldnt go on..
» Bye Mom..I will miss you.
» Ending Happiness, Start of Depression
» In Times of Sadness, Look Around You
» When Jimmy died
» The Crappiest Life
» How I lost my Father
» Always Say Goodbye, If You Get The Chance
» Constant battle since the death of my father
» Dear Uncle: No More Suffering
» My nephew is gone and I feel I want to go on too
» The Power Of

» What's going on?
» My Mother
» Don't follow the crowd
» Dealing with life.
» Living Life with Alopecia
» Helping Others/ Helping Myself
» My Father, the burn-out
» Despite all this, i have a great outlook on life.
» My earthshaking accident
» My story!
» The Never Ending Battle.
» I couldn't get him to stop touching me
» Lost Time
» My Story
» My Life & Weight Problems
» Broken Family
» Child in the Shadows
» Teen Motherhood Does Not Equal Death.
» Teenage drinking in the world known as Hell
» My own personal angel
» Mean Girls
» Say hello, wave goodbye.
» Broken Neck, Broken Dreams
» Dying inside.
» My Blessed(?) Life
» My Cat Moonlight
» A Sliver Of Truth
» God's Endless Love
» Then & Now.
» The Boy Who Left
» My battle with Osteomyelitis.
» Don't always expect to count on Family!
» Everyone has problems, but you can get through it.
» Being a teen mom
» My best friend
» A mother's thoughts on a missing daughter
» The battle to be happy
» Because I Kept It All In
» I've had a hard time but my siblings pulled me through.
» I don't want to change. I want my past.
» Life Is Beautiful
» Life story
» Seventh Grade
» Writer’s block
» Hope for Depression
» Taking Care of a Curse
» I sabotaged my own life.
» Self Harm & Sexual Harassment/Abuse
» Strength to survive
» How Life's Been
» Don't count your future on your past.
» I watched my little brother's life fall apart.
» I overcame my own depression
Emotional Abuse:
» Emotional & Physical Abuse Survivor
» From happy to abused to annorexic to this!
» Dealing with my mom.
» I Hate My Family
» This Girl's Life
» The story of my sister
» Mentally Molested.
» My Mother And My Sisters ...
» Even now, no-one knows the real me
» Stained for life
» It's been three years, and no response from God.
» Emotions are important

» Love actually is real, and can be found.
» My own worst enemy
» Never Again
» Sweet Sixteen No Longer
» Changes a Girl Can Make to Your Life
» A pure, pure love.
» Like a Bullet in a Gun
» Rejection: Devastation and Hope.
» Regarding Henry
» Love will win
» Lost Love
» The New Year.
» Confused, Lost, Hopeless
» Love that began with a lighthouse and ended with I love you
» The love that we shared...
» Growing up as the Ministers daughter
» Good bye. Forever?
» Numb love
» It's so easy to fall
» This isn't me
» Swept Away By Love
» Love is never Lost
» Love & Betrayal
» In Love At One Time
» Relationships Don't Have To Work
» Death at Four
» A weird way to get a girlfriend
» Getting over a breakup
» A buck for everytime I felt pain.
» The Loved Changed
» Bio of a ghost

Sexual Abuse:
» My childhood hell
» This is me...
» My story
» Rape and Sexual Abuse.....
» Family abuse in my past.
» A year or so later...
» My Best Friend Took Advantage Of Me
» Love turned into Rape, Abuse, and Hate
» Just a Little Girl
» How could you do this to me? I am your daughter
» My Letter
» I hate you and you made it that way.
» Courage in the Face of Torment
» Wealth does not save you from life
» My Struggle for Love.
» Babysitting Hell
» Nine years of abuse

Physical Abuse:
» My fight against what I think is right for my children.
» The life I once lived
» It may be hard to find, but there is hope
» My Story
» Beat and Broken
» Too Much Abuse
» The Story of a Young Girl
» Finding myself
» My story
» My TOUGH life....I've made it this far
» Corrupted Childhood

Submit Your Own Story

Amber Alert Ticker
The AMBER Plan is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies and broadcasters to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases.

Each program establishes its own AMBER Plan criteria; however, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children suggests three criteria that should be met before an Alert is activated.
  • law enforcement confirms a child has been abducted
  • law enforcement believes the circumstances surrounding the abduction indicate that the child is in danger of serious bodily harm or death
  • there is enough descriptive information about the child, abductor, and/or suspect¹s vehicle to believe an immediate broadcast alert will help
If these criteria are met, alert information must be put together for public distribution. This information can include descriptions and pictures of the missing child, the suspected abductor, a suspected vehicle, and any other information available and valuable to identifying the child and suspect.

Myths Dispelled
Drug Myths

Myth: You'll be the first to know when you're in danger.
Fact: Everyone around you will know before you realize what's happening.

Myth: You can stop using drugs anytime.
Fact: Withdrawal sickness, believing you must have the drugs, and being around people who use can make stopping nearly impossible without help.

Suicide Myths

Myth: Suicidal people are fully intent on dying.
Fact: Most suicidal people are undecided about living or dying. They gamble with death, leaving it to others to save them.

Myth: People who talk about suicide don't commit suicide.
Fact: Four out of five people who commit suicide have previously voiced their intention to do so.

Myth: You must never say the word "suicide" to people you suspect may be suicidal.
Fact: Facing them with the word will not affect their decision one way or another. If a person is not suicidal, talking about suicide will not put the idea into his/her head. If he/she is suicidal, it gives him/her permission to talk about it.

It's still rape if...

  • She says "no," but he figures she really means "yes" and goes ahead anyway.
  • She drinks so much she can't really tell what is going on or resist, and he has intercourse with her.
  • He takes her out to dinner, then back to her apartment and forces her to have sex with him because "she owes him."
  • A couple is making out and she wants to stop, but he "can't help himself," and he forces her to have intercourse with him.

Dating Violence Myths

Myth: It can't happen to me.
Fact: More than 1 in 10 teens experience physical violence in their dating relationships.

Myth: Jealousy and possessiveness are a sign of true love.
Fact: Jealousy and possessiveness are a sign that the person sees you as a possession. It is the most common early warning sign of abuse.

Myth: Teen dating violence isn't really that serious.
Fact: Thirty percent of all women who are murdered in this country are killed by their husband or boyfriend. According to a Mass. study, that same high percentage applied to teen women, aged 15-19, as well. Also, 60% of all rapes reported to the rape crisis centers are committed by acquaintances, and the majority of victims are aged 16-24.

Myth: Men are battered by women just as often as women are battered by men.
Fact: The US Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that 95% of the reported incidents of assaults in relationships are committed by males.

Myth: Alcohol or drugs cause men to batter.
Fact: Many men who batter do not drink heavily or use drugs, and alcoholics or drug users do not beat their partners. Further, batterers who do drink and use drugs don't necessarily give up battering when they give up these habits. While some abusers do beat their partners while they are under the influence, drugs and alcohol often act as their excuse.

Myth: Victims bring on the abuse themselves. They ask for it.
Fact: Perpetrators believe they have the right to use abuse to control their partner and they see the victim as less than equal to themselves. The victim has no control over the abuser.

Myth: If a person stays in an abusive relationship, it must not really be that bad.
Fact: People stay in abusive relationships for a number of reasons: fear, economic dependence, confusion, loss of self-confidence, not recognizing that what's happening is abusive, belief that the abuser needs their help or will change.

Myth: Most batterers are bums or crazy people.
Fact: Batterers are found in all classes and types of people and all kinds of relationships: rich, poor, professional, unemployed, black, white, urban and rural, gay or straight.

Helpful Websites
» Abortion Info
» Teen Sexual Health
» Emergency Contraception
» Planned Parenthood
» United Nations Program for AIDS/HIV
» Puberty Help & Information
» Avert - Teens' Pages - Sex, Puberty, HIV/AIDS

Social Problems:
» Bullying - Myths and Misperceptions
» Adoption Info
» Dealing with Acne
» Dealing with Body Odor
» Obesity
» Children in Poverty
» Self Help Articles

Substance Abuse:
» The Science Behind Drug Abuse
» Gateway Drugs
» Drug & Alcohol Information
» Substance Abuse Treatment Centers
» Alcoholics Anonymous
» Smoking Health Risks
» Unbiased Drug Information
» Unbiased Drug Information Website List
» Teen Drug Addiction
Mental Health:
» Do you have depression?
» Identifying Depression
» Combatting Depression via Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
» ADD and ADHD Help Center
» The Trevor Project Saving Young Lives
» Borderline Personality Disorder
» National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP)
» Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
» Psychological Self-Help Resources
» American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
» National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
» Half of Us - Support for College Students
» Suicide - Understand and Help
» Overcoming shyness
» Suicide Facts & Self-Harm
» Eating Disorders
» Bipolar Kids
» National Institute of Mental Health
» Phobia Listing
» Phobia Treatment
» How to stop cutting yourself - WikiHow-
» Depression and Anxiety Solutions
» Recover Your Life - Self Harm Support
» Samaritans
» Suicidal Awareness Voices of Education
» Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program
» Suicide Help
» Self-Harm
» Self Harm Awareness

Health Information:
» All About Mononucleosis
» Medical Health Information
» Cool Nurse
» How to do CPR
» Cystic Fibrosis
» Cerebral Palsy
» Something Fishy: Eating Disorder Awareness and Support
» Teen Health Boards
» Teen Health - General Tips & Advice
» DASH Magazine - Drugs, Alcohol, Sex, and Health
» Personal hygiene
» Allergy Information
» Cancer Information
» What's Mono?
» US, UK, Canada, Aussie, and SA National Helplines
» National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
» UK Free Sexual Health Clinics
» Teen Issues/Teen Health
» Anemia

Violence & Abuse:
» Teen Dating Violence
» Youth Violence Prevention
» Child Abuse Information Services
» Love Is Respect Dating Violence Helpline
» Database of Registered Sex Offenders
» Help & Information about Rape
» Gang Violence Prevention
» Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
» National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC)
» Battered Men's Helpline
» This is a war: Emotional Abuse

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