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Resources for Teens

| Burlington County Library

Teen life is more than worrying about when the newest video game comes out, or knowing how to do the most popular dance on social media. Teens face many difficult decisions, and hard-to-navigate experiences regularly. If you or someone you know is going through a tough time, here are some resources, and ways we can help you.

National Crisis Resources

Crisis Text Line
Text: 741741
Hours 24/7

Send a text from anywhere in the United States, at any time and a live, trained crisis counselor receives the test and will respond via our secure online platform. Crises can range from an emotionally difficult situation to eating disorders and self harm. All communication is confidential.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call: 1-800-273-8255

Hours: 24/7

Toll-free 24-hour call line goes to the nearest crisis center in the network for crisis counseling and mental health referrals.

Chat: imalive.org

First online network with 100% of its volunteers that are trained and certified in crisis intervention.  Uses instant messaging to respond to people in crisis.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Call: 1-800-799-7233

Hours: 24/7

Employs highly trained, expert advocates that offer free, confidential, support, crisis intervention information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages. Provides essential tools and support to survivors of domestic violence.

National Sexual Assault Hotline
Call: 1-800-656-4673
Hours: 24/7

Connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area. This service is safe and confidential. When you call you will be able to talk through anything, get connected with local resources, and have support when finding a local health facility that is trained to care for survivors of sexual assault.

New Jersey Crisis Resources

New Jersey Youth Helpline
Call/Text: 1-888-222-2228
Hours: 24/7

Designed to listen, help and guide youth in addressing challenges, calls are anonymous and confidential except in life-threatening situations.

Domestic Violence Hotline
Call: 1-800-572-SAFE available

The mission of the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence is to lead collaborative community and systemic responses to domestic violence by providing public awareness, training, advocacy, policy development, technical assistance and supportive services.

New Jersey Mental Health Cares
Call: 866-202-HELP
Hours:  8am - 8pm

Mental health information and referral service provides live support 8am to 8pm and online database of New Jersey's public mental health services.

NJ Connect for Recovery
Call: 1-855-652-3737

Free, confidential, non-judgmental call line supports those experiencing distress related to their own opiate use or that of a friend or family member. Sponsored by Mental Health Association of New Jersey.

AIDS/HIV/STD Hotline - New Jersey

Call: 1-800-624-2377

Free referrals, general information, counseling, testing locations, treatment info available 24 hrs.

Online Resources

The Trevor Project
The world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. They provide LGBTQ youth with 24/7 crisis counseling via phone, text, and chat.

That’s Not Cool: Decreasing Teen Dating Violence Online
A website that aims to raise awareness and bring educational and organizing tools to communities to address dating violence, unhealthy relationships, and digital abuse with their program's interactive website, tools, and resources  that support young people as they learn to recognize, avoid, and prevent dating violence in their lives.

Check out any weird health issue you were scared to ask about here!

National Eating Disorders Association
National Eating Disorders Association supports families and individuals affected by eating disorders. Their site shows the warning signs and symptoms to look out for, as well as providing support for any and all folks who are struggling with eating disorders.

Library Resources

A wide variety of information is also available to borrow from these non-fiction collections.

  • Abuse (Family) - 362.76 & 362.78
  • Abusive Relationships - 362.8282 & 362.88
  • Acne / Skin Care - 616.53 & 646.726
  • AIDS/HIV - 616.9792
  • Alcohol / Alcoholism - 362.292
  • Birth Control - 363.9609 & 613.94
  • Body Facts / Puberty - 621.661
  • Body Image - 306.4613 & 616.852
  • Date Rape - 362.883
  • Depression - 616.852, 616.8527, 616.85844
  • Divorce - 306.89
  • Drugs - 362.292 & 362.2918
  • Eating Disorders - 616.8526, 61685262, 616.85263
  • Exercise, Nutrition & Health - 613 through 613.9
  • Grief / Death - 158
  • Health / Hygiene - 613.04243 & 613.7043
  • LGBTQ - 306.766 & 613951
  • Politics - 320 through 329
  • Pregnancy - 306.856, 306.8743, 618.2027
  • Relationships & Dating - 305.235, 306.70835, 636.77
  • Religion - 200 through 299
  • Self-Esteem - 305.235
  • Sex - 613.951
  • STDs / STIs - 615.951
  • Suicide - 362.2, 362.28, 362.283
Audience: Teens