The issues teens face in today's world are vast. There are so many choices and decisions to make. We realize that life can be difficult and challenging but it can also be absolutely wonderful and rewarding. This page is just for Teens and is filled with information and links to help you face life's challenges. You are not alone. "More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin."
DANA Services for Teens: DANA Services provides the following aid to teens in our area.
24-hour Crisis Line
Teen Support Group
For help, support, or if you have questions, concerns, or need to talk... Ideas & Comments Welcome
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who'll decide where to go.----Dr. Seuss"
Stress:Stress is an emotional feeling caused by the pressures of everyday living! It's unavoidable! Its normal! Everyone experiences it! Some stress helps you get things done. Too much stress can drive you crazy! Like a lot of things, you have to learn to deal with it. Click Here to create your own personal stress management plan.
Drugs & Alcohol:Many teens turn to drugs/alcohol as a reaction to stress, peer pressure, or curiosity. Drugs & alcohol are dangerous substances that can have life-altering consequences. Talk to someone if you are feeling pressured or tempted to use drugs/alcohol.
Relationships:A healthy relationship is a relationship where both partners are dedicated to each other and can effectively communicate, listen to each other, resolve conflicts, and compromise. Want to know if your relationship is healthy? to take our "Relationships Self-Test". Use this link to access a "Healthy Relationship" test and more resources. National Teen Dating Abuse Help Line: 1-866-331-9474
Date & Acquaintance Rape:Date Rape is when someone you have been dating forces you to have sex. Acquaintance Rape is when someone you know but have not been dating forces you to have sex. Any type of forced sex is illegal. It does not matter if it is someone you have been dating for a long time, if you have had sex before, if you have been drinking, or if you have been making out. Everyone has the right to say no to sex at ANY TIME! No Always Means No! If you have been raped, please seek help or counseling. Rape is not about sex...it is an act of violence and if you have been a victim you will need a support system to help you recover. RAINN-National Sexual Abuse Hot Line: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
Suicide:Suicide is a cry for help. It happens when a person thinks that their problems are so big they can't take them any more. People who experience suicidal thoughts may make threats, talk, or joke about suicide. They may also show a change in their behavior and become withdrawn or depressed. If you hear suicide talk: listen, ask questions, don't put them down, never dare them to do it, tell them NOT to do it, be a friend, tell an adult, and encourage the person to talk to an adult or a suicide prevention hotline number. National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Peer Pressure:Teens experience peer pressure every day. Peer pressure can lead someone into doing things that they don't really want to do or that they know are wrong to do. Combat peer pressure by knowing what your values are and being unwilling to compromise them. Trust your instincts and do what you know is right!
Goals:It is important for everyone to have goals. Goals give us something to work toward. For teens it is important set firm goals. Your parents and/or guidance counselors can help point you in the right direction. It is important to know what you want and go for it!
Family:Family is an important component to everyone's life. They can help motivate and steer us in the right direction. Find someone in your family that you can talk to and that can help you make good decisions.
Self-Esteem:Self-esteem is your feeling of self-worth. It can be high (feeling good) or low (feeling bad). Most of us learn self-esteem from the comments made about us as we grow up-from our parents, brothers, sisters, friends, teachers, and workmates. In order to raise low self-esteem you have to learn that you don't have to agree with the negative comments people make about us. Start thinking about yourself in positive ways, start problem solving, and start asking for help with issues that overwhelm you. Be nice to your self and set goals. Learn to feel good about yourself!
Dealing with Conflict:Teens experience a lot of conflict in their lives with school, family, and friends. People deal with conflict in different ways. Three main ways of dealing with conflict are denial, confrontation, and problem solving. Denial and confrontation usually make the situation worse. Problem-solving is really the only way to solve conflict. To do this, you have to stay calm and reasonable and find a compromise that satisfies everyone involved in the conflict.
Internet Safety:The internet can be fun but it can also be dangerous. Some people use the Internet to harass or bully other people, spread inappropriate material, send out span or viruses, and steal financial information. There are also sexual predators on the Internet. A sexual predator is an adult who looks for young people that they can sexually abuse. They can find you in chat rooms, on websites, or through emails and messaging. Help protect yourself by keeping personal information a secret, only talking with people you know, and go with your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable, report it immediately. You can report online or by phone to: Internet Tip Hotline: 1-800-843-5678
Abuse:Teen Abuse is just as serious and dangerous as Adult Domestic Violence. Teen abuse can be physical, verbal, mental, or emotional.