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Resources For Teens

We know growing up in today’s society comes with increasing challenges. We know the pressure many students feel of having to stay connected 24/7. We’re here to help assure you that it’s okay to take a break, to embrace the sweet relief of JOMO, and to help today’s students think critically about their online choices before they post, tweet, snap, comment, or follow. Every action made online can (and will be) seen by your potential employers, colleges, trade schools, and will follow you for years to come.   

There are three simple things you can do RIGHT NOW to help feel better about the pressures of social or digital media.  

  • Unfollow anyone that isn’t bringing value into your life!  
  • Re-evaluate your friend's list. Take a look at who you’ve invited to see every aspect of your online presence.  
  • Give yourself permission to pause.   

Your voice matters!   To ensure we are making the biggest impact on our community, our programs are driven by students themselves.  We work in collaboration with the Munroe-Meyer Institute to observe trends and changes in students’ behaviors as a result of their online activities.  Thank you for taking the time to complete our social and digital media survey to help guide our programming!   

As always, we are here if you need us!  

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Help is close by.

Being a teen is hard!  And let’s face it, when you are in an emergency situation, dialing the phone and trying to find the right resources can be really tough.  Here at SGS, we are working toward offering up-to-date resources and phone numbers for the largest areas that you are struggling with today including:

Bullying and Cyber Bullying, Sextortion and Trafficking, Depression, Suicide, Self-harm, Sexual and Domestic Violence, Mental Health.

  1.  Do you feel Safe?
  2.  Are you in Physical Danger?
  3.  Do you have thoughts or plans that could be dangerous to yourself or others?

If you answered “Yes” to any of the three above questions, ask for HELP immediately.  If you do not have a trusted adult available, and you feel like you are in immediate danger, Dial 911.

If you feel like you are not in immediate danger, please start with the following resources.  The first number listed (Boys Town National Hotline) is the most comprehensive resource offered.  Start there.

Boys Town National Hotline, 1-800-448-3000: The Boys Town ​National Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is staffed by specially trained Boys Town counselors. It is accredited by the American Association of Suicidology (AAS).​​ Spanish-speaking counselors and translation services for more than 100 languages also are available 24 hours a day. The speech- and hearing-impaired can contact Boys Town National Hotline at hotline@boystown.org.

National Sexual Assault Hotline – Call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673):  RAINN's (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) hotline is for anyone who's experienced sexual abuse or assault. When you call their main hotline, you'll be connected with someone at a local organization in your area who can provide live support and direct you to additional resources. Connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area that offers access to a range of free services.

Crisis Text Line, Text Hello to 741741: Crisis Text Line fields messages about suicidal thoughts, abuse, sexual assault, depression, anxiety, bullying, and more. What makes it unique is that it's entirely text-based, which makes it easy for anyone who doesn't feel comfortable or safe talking on the phone to use it. You can text 741741 in the US or UK (686868 in Canada), or message Crisis Text Line on Facebook for help. You'll be matched with a volunteer counselor, who is supervised by a licensed, trained mental health professional.

YouthLine, Text teen2teen to 839863, or call 1-877-968-8491: YouthLine provides a safe space for children and adults ages 11 to 21, to talk through any issues they may be facing, including eating disorders, relationship or family concerns, bullying, sexual identity, depression, self-harm, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide.

Confidential Trafficking Resource Center Hotline, Call 1-888-373-7888, Text 23373, or Live Chat: The National Human Trafficking Hotline connects victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking with services and supports to get help and stay safe. The Trafficking Hotline also receives tips about potential situations of sex and labor trafficking and facilitates reporting that information to the appropriate authorities in certain cases. The toll-free phone and SMS text lines and live online chat functions are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Help is available in English or Spanish, or in more than 200 additional languages through an on-call interpreter. Hearing and speech-impaired individuals can contact the Trafficking Hotline by dialing 711, the free national access number that connects to Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS).

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678): As the nation's clearinghouse and comprehensive reporting center for all issues related to the prevention of and recovery from child victimization, NCMEC leads the fight against abduction, abuse, and exploitation - because every child deserves a safe childhood. Get Help Now.

Smart Gen Society wants you to know that we care. We are mindful of the importance of mental and emotional health/we recognize the importance of mental health. We are willing/dedicated to be a safe space and to provide a listening ear. Although we are not mental health professionals, we are available to direct you to helpful resources. Our hours of operation are Monday- Friday from 9 am-3 pm. Please call us at (402) 505-3993.

*At certain places on this site, links to other resources can be accessed.  These external resources are for reference purposes only.  SGS does not endorse, approve, certify, or control these external resources and SGS does not claim to be endorsed, approved, certified, or controlled by any of these referenced resources.  Reference therein to any specific program, process, or service does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by SGS.  SGS assumes no responsibility or liability for consequences resulting from the use of information from these resources.

We will get through this together.

Help is available through a variety of resources.

If it's an emergency or you need to seek help immediately please call 911. Otherwise, contact an organization listed below:

Crisis Text Line, Text Hello to 741741: Crisis Text Line fields messages about suicidal thoughts, abuse, sexual assault, depression, anxiety, bullying, and more. What makes it unique is that it's entirely text-based, which makes it easy for anyone who doesn't feel comfortable or safe talking on the phone to use it. You can text 741741 in the US or UK (686868 in Canada), or message Crisis Text Line on Facebook for help. You'll be matched with a volunteer counselor, who is supervised by a licensed, trained mental health professional.

YouthLine, Text teen2teen to 839863, or call 1-877-968-8491: YouthLine provides a safe space for children and adults ages 11 to 21, to talk through any issues they may be facing, including eating disorders, relationship or family concerns, bullying, sexual identity, depression, self-harm, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide.

IMAlive Crisis Chatline is a worldwide 24/7, anonymous chatline to help anyone in crisis via instant messaging.

The Trevor Project, Call 1-866-488-7386, Text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200 or Live Chat: The Trevor Project is a nationwide organization that provides a 24-hour phone hotline, as well as limited-hour webchat and text options, for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. The TrevorLifeline can be reached 24/7. TrevorChat is available 7 days a week from 3 PM to 10 PM ET. TrevorText is available M-F from 3 PM to 10 PM ET.

Trans Lifeline, 1-877-565-8860: The Trans Lifeline is a nonprofit organization that is created by and for the transgender community, providing crisis intervention hotlines, staffed by transgender individuals, available in the United States and Canada.

LGBT National Hotline, 1-888-843-4564, LGBT National Youth Talkline, 1-800246-7746, LGBT Senior Hotline 1-888-234-7243: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) National Help Center provides vital peer-support, community connections, and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of LGBT volunteers, they operate three national hotlines, the LGBT National Hotline, the LGBT National Youth Talkline, and the LGBT National Senior Hotline as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that help both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-422-4453: For issues related to child abuse, Childhelp connects you with a professional counselor to help in a crisis, and provide information on how to get help. They offer phone support in 170 languages.

National Domestic Violence Hotline, Call 1-800-799-7233, Text LOVEIS to 1-866-331-474 or Live Chat: Anyone who is experiencing domestic violence and/or abuse, plus anyone concerned about a friend, family member, or loved one can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They offer support in more than 200 languages and offer a confidential, secure online chat.

National Deaf Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-855-812-1001 (VP) 1-800- 787-3224 (TTY): The National Deaf Domestic Violence Hotline is a spinoff from the NDVH specifically for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.

National Sexual Assault Hotline – Call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673):  RAINN's (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) hotline is for anyone who's experienced sexual abuse or assault. When you call their main hotline, you'll be connected with someone at a local organization in your area who can provide live support and direct you to additional resources. Connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area that offers access to a range of free services.

Confidential Trafficking Resource Center Hotline, Call 1-888-373-7888, Text 23373, or Live Chat: The National Human Trafficking Hotline connects victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking with services and supports to get help and stay safe. The Trafficking Hotline also receives tips about potential situations of sex and labor trafficking and facilitates reporting that information to the appropriate authorities in certain cases. The toll-free phone and SMS text lines and live online chat functions are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Help is available in English or Spanish, or in more than 200 additional languages through an on-call interpreter. Hearing and speech-impaired individuals can contact the Trafficking Hotline by dialing 711, the free national access number that connects to Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS).

Veterans Crisis Line, 1-800-273-8255: The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. The caring, qualified responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances.

National Runaway Safeline, Call 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or Live Chat: The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) is here to listen whether you are thinking of running away or already have. Our services are confidential and nonjudgmental.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678): As the nation's clearinghouse and comprehensive reporting center for all issues related to the prevention of and recovery from child victimization, NCMEC leads the fight against abduction, abuse, and exploitation - because every child deserves a safe childhood. Get Help Now.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline,1-800-662-HELP (4357): SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

National Eating Disorders Center Helpline, Call 1-800-931-2237 Monday-Thursday 11 am-9 pm ET Friday 11 am-5 pm ET, Text 1-800-931-2237 Pilot hours Monday- Thursday 3 pm-6 pm ET or Live Chat Monday-Thursday 9 am to 9 pm ET, Friday 9 am-5 pm ET: The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures, and access to quality care.

Warmline Directory (By State): A warmline is a telephone service (aka a call line) for people who are looking for someone to discuss their daily struggles. Warmlines are staffed with peers who have lived experience of mental health struggles themselves and who are open to sharing their stories of challenging situations, recovery, and perseverance. Moreover, they listen to callers share their own struggles. Anyone can call a warmline (for free) to talk about their day, learn more about mental health resources in the area, and/or receive peer support as they themselves serve as a caregiver for a family member going through a mental health crisis. 

Smart GEN Society wants you to know that we care. We are mindful of the importance of mental and emotional health/we recognize the importance of mental health. We are willing/dedicated to be a safe space and to provide a listening ear. Although we are not mental health professionals, we are available to direct you to helpful resources. Our hours of operation are Monday- Friday from 9 am-3 pm. Please call us at (402) 505-3993.

*At certain places on this site, links to other resources can be accessed.  These external resources are for reference purposes only.  SGS does not endorse, approve, certify, or control these external resources and SGS does not claim to be endorsed, approved, certified, or controlled by any of these referenced resources.  Reference therein to any specific program, process, or service does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by SGS.  SGS assumes no responsibility or liability for consequences resulting from the use of information from these resources.

You are not alone.

Help is available through a variety of resources.

If it's an emergency or you need to seek help immediately please call 911. Otherwise, contact an organization listed below:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255): The National Suicide Prevention Hotline fields call 24/7 for anyone with suicidal thoughts or who are in crisis. They offer help for Spanish-speakers and anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing. Options For Deaf + Hard of Hearing include using your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255. For Spanish-speakers dial 1-888-628-9454. A 24-hour  Online Chat in partnership with Contact USA is also available.

Crisis Text Line, Text Hello to 741741: Crisis Text Line fields messages about suicidal thoughts, abuse, sexual assault, depression, anxiety, bullying, and more. What makes it unique is that it's entirely text-based, which makes it easy for anyone who doesn't feel comfortable or safe talking on the phone to use it. You can text 741741 in the US or UK (686868 in Canada), or message Crisis Text Line on Facebook for help. You'll be matched with a volunteer counselor, who is supervised by a licensed, trained mental health professional.

YouthLine, Text teen2teen to 839863, or call 1-877-968-8491: YouthLine provides a safe space for children and adults ages 11 to 21, to talk through any issues they may be facing, including eating disorders, relationship or family concerns, bullying, sexual identity, depression, self-harm, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide.

IMAlive Crisis Chatline is a worldwide 24/7, anonymous chatline to help anyone in crisis via instant messaging.

Veterans Crisis Line, 1-800-273-8255: The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. The caring, qualified responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances.

Nebraska Family Helpline, 1-888-866-8660: The Nebraska Family Helpline makes it easier for families to obtain assistance by providing a single contact point 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained Helpline operators screen calls to assess immediate safety needs, identify the potential level of a behavioral health crisis, make recommendations or referrals to appropriate resources, and help callers connect to emergency resources or providers. The Helpline is supervised by licensed mental health professionals,

Your Life Iowa Hotline, Call 1-855-581-8111, Text 1-855-895-8398 or Live Chat: If you or a loved one are having suicidal thoughts, you’re not alone. That is why the Iowa Department of Public Health has created YourLifeIowa.org so Iowans can chat live, text, or call to get reliable information and find nearby help.

Boys Town National Hotline, 1-800-448-3000: The Boys Town ​National Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is staffed by specially trained Boys Town counselors. It is accredited by the American Association of Suicidology (AAS).​​ Spanish-speaking counselors and translation services for more than 100 languages also are available 24 hours a day. The speech- and hearing-impaired can contact Boys Town National Hotline at hotline@boystown.org.

13 minutes: On average, someone dies by suicide in our nation every 13 minutes. Many suicides can be prevented by people knowing the warning signs, and most importantly, knowing what to do if they recognize those signs in themselves or someone they care about. Join the 13 minutes movement . . . take some time to learn the warning signs, how to ask the question or have the conversation, and where to get help when needed. Join the 13 minutes movement to change the statistics and save lives!

Supporting Children After the Suicide of a Classmate: We know there’s no way we can make the suicide of a student less upsetting. It’s a very painful thing for kids — and the adults who love them — to experience. But we also know that there are things that you can do to help young people process their feelings and thoughts in a healthy way. Here are some pointers that we hope will be helpful in responding to this loss.

Smart GEN Society wants you to know that we care. We are mindful of the importance of mental and emotional health/we recognize the importance of mental health. We are willing/dedicated to be a safe space and to provide a listening ear. Although we are not mental health professionals, we are available to direct you to helpful resources. Our hours of operation are Monday- Friday from 9 am-3 pm. Please call us at (402) 505-3993.

*At certain places on this site, links to other resources can be accessed.  These external resources are for reference purposes only.  SGS does not endorse, approve, certify, or control these external resources and SGS does not claim to be endorsed, approved, certified, or controlled by any of these referenced resources.  Reference therein to any specific program, process, or service does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by SGS.  SGS assumes no responsibility or liability for consequences resulting from the use of information from these resources.