Teen Mental Health Resources

Young people are more stressed out than everand it’s easy to see why! Nearly half say they aren't doing enough to manage stress. Check out these resources for tips on practicing self-care, dealing with the stress of digital learning, channeling your energy into action, and supporting your mental health and the health of those around you.

Manage stress and help your friends, too.

Youth Mental Health Guide: A first-of-its-kind mental health guide created for students and by students during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Seize the Awkward: Having a conversation about mental health might be uncomfortable, but it can make all the difference. Check out these conversation guides and tips that can help you help friends that are having a difficult time

Washington Listens: Talk to someone about stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1-833-681-0211

Press Pause: Press Pause encourages use of simple mindfulness techniques–like breathing exercises, meditation, perspective checks, music, and movement–to deal with stresses and challenges that can make young adults feel overwhelmed or hopeless.

Take a moment for self-care.

Beach Waves Meditation

Calm Guided Meditation

Yoga at your Desk

Sound Bath

Relaxing Sounds for Studying

Live Jellyfish Cam

Practice Gratitude Worksheet

Have a lot of feelings about the state of the world? Channel them into action.

Do Something: As the largest not-for-profit exclusively for young people and social change, DoSomething’s millions of members represent every US area code and 131 countries.

Youth Activism Project: Today, the world has the largest youth generation ever seen in history. Young people face the brunt of the world’s problems today—and will continue to wrestle with them in the future when our current world leaders are long gone. Our non-profit organization promotes youth-organized campaigns in the US and abroad that diagnose problems and propose solutions to their local decision makers and officials (like school board members), community elders, and elected officials.

Youth Celebrate Diversity: YCD supports students and teachers organizing locally, educating themselves and their peers, and taking action for inclusion and social justice.

The Harry Potter Alliance: The HP Alliance turns fans into heroes. We use the power of story and popular culture to make activism accessible and sustainable. Through experiential training and real life campaigns, we develop compassionate, skillful leaders who learn to approach our world’s problems with joy, creativity, and commitment to equity.

Start a BPL Teen Club: Have a group of friends obsessed with art, writing, activism, or something else? Want to take charge and turn this interest into a community? Share it with us (and get volunteer hours if you help lead it).

Ask for help when you need it.

Teen Link: A helpline for teens, by teens. Get peer-to-peer support (call/text/chat) 4 days a week from 6pm - 10pm. 1-866-833-6546

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line: 24/7 support at your fingertips, text DS to 741741

The Trevor Project LGBTQ Hotline: 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Hotline: 24/7 at 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Directory of Additional Helpline Resources from NAMI

Dive into a book.

Check out these uplifting reads for when you need a dose of hope. This list was compiled with the help of BurlingTEEN Book Club members and B-EHS Librarian Mrs. Anderson.