Being a teen can be stressful and even tough. Tons of things can impact your life: school, after-school activities, part-time jobs, aftermath of the pandemic, deciding your future plans, or everyday drama. No matter what it is, big or small, stress or feeling anxious can trigger or exacerbate existing mental health issues or crises.
To help you take care of yourself, especially if you feel like the stress in your life is just way too much, we’ve gathered booklists and resources. If you need something for your specific situation, please Contact Us. Your requests are confidential.
If you are struggling or if you know someone who is having a rough time, and you need immediate help, call or text 988, or chat 988lifeline.org, opens a new window.
- Feeling Stressed?: Books to help you deal with the stress of daily life.
- Stress Relievers: Activities you might enjoy that may help release stress and tension.
- Rainbow Resources: If you are LBGTQIA+ or questioning, these books can support your journey.
- Navigating Mental Health Challenges: If you or someone you care about are experiencing a mental health issue or crisis, one of the books on this list may be helpful.
- Volunteers of America Western Washington: Free, confidential emotional support and crisis intervention in English, Spanish, and other languages, 24/7 to individuals in crisis or considering suicide. | Chat | Call: 988, TTY Users: Dial 711 then 988 (or use your preferred relay service)
- I’m Hurting Crisis Chat: A 24/7 chat line to speak with a mental health counselor.
- Teen Link: Help for teens by teens. Receive support from trained teen volunteers who listen to your concerns and talk with you about whatever is on your mind. No issue is too big or too small. Calls and chats are confidential and anonymous. Find helpful resources. | Crisis line 866-TEENLINK (833-6546)
- TXT 4 HELP: Counselors available 24/7 to provide support via text and offer additional suggestions for immediate help regardless of where you are. | Text “safe” and your current address, city, state to 4HELP (44357). Within seconds, you will receive a message with the closest Safe Place site and phone number to the local youth agency. For immediate help, reply with “2chat” to text interactively with a trained counselor.
- LGBT National Help Center: Offers many services including a crisis hotline and free and confidential peer support for youth. | LGBT Youth Talkline: 800-246-7743; Crisis Hotline: 888-843-4564
- We R Native: Serving American Indian and Alaskan Native communities as part of the Washington Indian Behavioral Health HUB with resources and support for Native Youth. | Call 866-491-1683 or Text NATIVE to 97779
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) offers resources to survivors of sexual assault of all ages in English and Spanish including live chat in English and Spanish. | Hotline 800-656- HOPE (4673)
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