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Below is a collection of links to web sites especially for teens on a variety of health topics.

These links are presented as informational resources only and do not imply endorsement of any individual, organization, product, or philosophy.

Click on your topic of interest:

General Adolescent Health
Mental Health
Substance Abuse
Sex and Sexuality
Girls
Boys
Eating Disorders
Special Needs
Adoption

General Adolescent Health Resources

Adolescence Directory Online: Indiana University's Adolescence Directory Online is a collection of links and information on a variety of issues facing adolescents, such as conflict and violence, mental health issues, and health and health risks. The guide is designed to be of use to educators, counselors, parents, researchers, health practitioners, and teens.

KidsHealth: KidsHealth offers a wealth of consumer information on pediatric and adolescent health. There are separate, content-appropriate site areas for parents, kids, and teens.

Go Ask Alice!: Columbia University's Health Question and Answer Internet Service. The mission of Go Ask Alice! is to increase access to, and use of, health information by providing factual, in-depth, straight-forward, and nonjudgmental information to assist readers' decision-making about their physical, sexual, emotional, and spiritual health.

TeenHealthFX: TeenHealthFX is designed to help teens get factual health and medical information in a fun and informative way. This web site includes chats, links, and questions and answers on a wide variety of health and wellness topics.


Mental Health

Center for Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange Network : The Center for Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN) offers information on programs and services, consumer mental health information publications, resources for professionals, services locator, information on funding, a special kids section, and more.

National Institute for Mental Health: The National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) web site offers information for consumers and practitioners. The site offers educational materials around mental health issues, funding information, information for researchers, and more.

National Mental Health Awareness Campaign: The National Mental Health Awareness Campaign web site offers information and resources about mental health and mental illness.

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) offers educational materials about suicide.


Substance Abuse Resources

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention: The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is a division of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). CSAP offers alcohol and drug facts, information about model programs for prevention (including evaluation, implementation, and funding), information for professionals, families, and teens, and links to other information resources.

Freevibe: Freevibe offers straight talk about drug use and abuse. This web site has information, chats, games, Freevibe radio, and more.

STEPonline: STEPonline offers information about drugs and alcohol, chat rooms, personal stories written by teens, an advice column, and more.


Sex and Sexuality

Advocates for Youth: Advocates for Youth is dedicated to policies and programs that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. The web site offers advocacy and program information, news, publications, lesson plans, facts and figures, and information for parents and teens.

ELIGHT: ELIGHT is a web site offering gay youth from all over the world a safe place to come together, share stories, and find support.

iwannaknow.org: iwannaknow.org offers sexuality and STD information especially for teens from the American Social Health Association.

OutProud: OutProud is the website of the National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth. The site offers a diverse collection of resources for youth and educators, including a searchable national resource database for GLBT youth, a chat forum, a school resources library, and more.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons and their families and friends through support, education, and advocacy. This web site offers support resources, educational resources, publications, advocacy information, local chapter information, and more.

Positive.org: Positive.org is the web site of the Coalition for Positive Sexuality (CPS) is a grassroots, not-for-profit, activist organization offering candid, positive sex education materials for teens.

Sex,ETC.: The Sex,ETC. web site offers information about sexual health by teen for teens.

teenwire: teenwire offers a wealth of information and news about teen sexuality, sexual health, and relationships.

Youth Guardian Services: Youth Guardian Services is a youth-run non-profit organization that provides Internet support services to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, and straight supportive youth. The site offers a variety of youth e-mail lists grouped by age and topic to offer support and encourage mobilization.

YouthResource: YouthResource, a web site created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people 13 to 24 years old, offers support, community, resources, and peer-to-peer education about issues of concern to GLBTQ young people.


Girls

Girlpower: The Girlpower web site is a public education campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The site offers separate areas for adults, for girls, and for research and news about girls.

Girls Incorporated: Girls Incorporated is a national nonprofit youth organization that offers research-based educational programs on a variety of topics pertinent to American girls, particularly young women from high-risk areas. This web site offers resources, links, fact sheets, publications, and more, and offers separate site areas for girls and for adults.

Teen Voices Magazine: Teen Voices is a girl-positive magazine written by teens for teens.

Center for Young Women's Health: The Center for Young Women's Health web site offers a wide variety of health publications written for teens on adolescent growth and development, reproductive and sexual health, nutrition, eating disorders, and more. The site also includes information for parents and clinicians.

Young Women's Health: Young Women's Health is a collection of links from the Oregon Health and Science University. This web site also includes reviews of books especially for girls and emergency crisis resources.

GirlsHealth.gov: GirlsHealth.gov is a web site developed by the Office on Women's Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It offers a variety of health-related information for girls 12-16, information for parents and caregivers, and information for girls with disabilities and/or chronic illness.

GirlsAllowed!: GirlsAllowed! is a web site developed by the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence. The aim of the site is to provide girls with information and tools for developing and maintaining healthy relationships with friends, partners, and others. It offers daily activities for girls as well as daily activities for parents and for educators and group leaders that are designed to help foster dialogue between parents/adults and girls.


Boys

AdolescentHealth.com: AdolescentHealth.com offers health information sheets written especially for young men on topics like nutrition, acne, athlete's foot, sexual health, stress and depression, and more.

Testicular Cancer Resource Center: The Testicular Cancer Resource Center is a non-profit resource center overseen by a baoard of specialists in the field. The site contains information on diagnosis, treatment, testicular self-exam (TSE) and more.


Eating Disorders

AdiosBarbie.com: "AdiosBarbie.com is a one-stop body shop, where women and men of all cultures and sizes can learn about their bodies; feel proud and comfortable in their natural shapes, sizes, and colors; speak out against impossible beauty standards; and share their experiences. It serves as a place for social commentary on body issues, redefining what the body really means and encouraging people to think of themselves first when re-imagining their perceptions of beauty and power."

Something Fishy: Something Fishy is a comprehensive eating disorder resource with a wealth of information and support resources.

National Eating Disorders Association: The National Eating Disorders Association is the largest eating disorders prevention and advocacy organization in the world. This web site offers eating disorder information, treatment referrals, advocacy information, and more.


Special Needs and Adoption

Bandaids and Blackboards: Bandaids and Blackboards is a web site offering information and resources on topics relating to children with chronic illness and special health care needs in school. There are separate site areas for kids, teens, and adults (parents, health professionals, and educators).

Family Village: Family Village is a "global community of disability-related resources." This web site includes informational resources on specific diagnoses, communication connections, adaptive products and technology,adaptive recreational activities, education, worship, health issues, disability-related media and literature, and more.

LD OnLine: LD OnLine offers a wealth of information and resources for parents, educators, and other professionals on a wide variety of issues related to learning disabilities.

LDTeens: LDTeens is a web site by teen for teens about learning to thrive with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

National Center for Learning Disabilities: The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) strives to increase opportunities for all individuals with learning disabilities to achieve their potential. This web site offers information for people with learning disabilities, professionals, news, research, action information, and more.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities: The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) offers comprehensive information on the entire spectrum of issues involved in living with, caring for, and educatong a child or youth with disabilities.


Adoption

Child Welfare Information Gateway Adoption Information Clearinghouse: The Child Welfare Information Gateway Adoption Information Clearinghouse builds upon the resources formerly provided by the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse (NAIC), offering a wealth of adoption information for professionals, adoptees, birth relatives, and parents.