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Self-Help Resources for Adolescents

There are times when students might feel overwhelmed by issues within their home, school, identity, and other domains of life. Research has shown that stress can affect an individual’s mental health, thus impacting their relationships, academic and work performance, health, and so many more life aspects[1]. The good news is that you can learn more about what causes stress and ways to reduce its impact. These resources are intended to help students during difficult transitions in adolescence.

 

Preventing and coping with stress:

Smart choices about our health and well-being keep us healthy and keep stress from creeping up on us. In addition, these resources are great ways to cope with stress.

 

Mental Health:

 

Identities:

  • First-Generation College Student: Research has shown that students who would be the first in their family to attend college can experience more stress than those who have family members who have already attended a postsecondary institution.[3] These resources provide some great tools and tips: http://firstgeneration.ufsa.ufl.edu/ and http://www.imfirst.org/#.
  • LGBTQ+: This website gives resources and testimonies for those interested in learning more about their identity or someone else’s close to them. The LGBTQ+ help line listed below is also an option to discuss with someone. http://www.itgetsbetter.org/

 

During High School:

 

Beyond High School:

 

To talk one-on-one:

You can call or text these numbers not only in crisis, but also when dealing with any troubling emotions, as well. The websites listed also give information on how to seek help.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • LGBTQ+ line: Youth Line- (1-800-268-9688) or visit http://www.youthline.ca/ for a chatroom and text messaging information; also, The Trevor Project- (1-866-488-7386) or visit http://www.thetrevorproject.org/ for a chatroom and text messaging information
  • Sexual Assault and/or Dating Violence: These resources can be helpful for individuals struggling with relationship violence or a sexual assault. There is contact information on these websites for more help. http://www.loveisrespect.org/ or https://www.rainn.org/

For more help, speak with a trusted adult or school counselor.

 

[1] Shankar, N. L., & Park, C. L. (2016). Effects of stress on students’ physical and mental health and academic success. International Journal of School & Educational Psychology, 4(1), 5-9.

[2] Salmon, P. (2001). Effects of physical exercise on anxiety, depression, and sensitivity to stress: A unifying theory. Clinical Psychology Review, 21(1), 33-61.

[3] Morazes, J. L. (2016). Educational background, high school stress, and academic success. Children and Youth Services Review, 69, 201-209. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.08.008

[4] Häfner, A., Stock, A., & Oberst, V. (2015). Decreasing students’ stress through time management training: An intervention study. European Journal of Psychology of Education, 30(1), 81-94.

 

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