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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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