Resources

Websites

LGBTQ Support and Education

 

Mental Health

Substance Use and Abuse Awareness

 

Social Justice and Advocacy

 

Videos

Podcasts

Articles

Books

Adolescent Development

  • The Teenage Brain by Frances E. Jensen, MD

  • You and Your Adolescent by Laurence Steinberg

  • How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims

  • Age of Opportunity by Laurence Steinberg

  • Fire Child Water Child by Stephen Scott Cowan

  • The Curse of the Good Girl by Rachel Simmons

  • Enough As She Is by Rachel Simmons

  • Boys and Sex by Peggy Orenstein

  • Girls and Sex by Peggy Orenstein

 

Depression, Anxiety and Substance Use

  • Adolescent Depression by Francis Mark Mondimore and Patrick Kelly

  • Is Your Teen Stressed or Depressed? by Drs. Arch Hart and Catherine Hart Weber

  • Crazy Stressed by Michael J. Bradley

  • Outgrowing Addiction by Stanton Peele and Zach Rhoads

  • Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety by John Duffy

 

LGBTQ+

  • "Mom, I'm Gay" by Susan Cottrell (covers faith and spirituality too)

  • Radically Included by Susan Cottrell (covers faith and spirituality too)

  • This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids by Dannielle Owens-Reid & Kristin Russo

  • The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs PhD

  • God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines (covers faith and spirituality too)

  • Oddly Normal by John Schwartz

  • Always My Child by Kevin Jennings

  • The ABC's of LGBT+ by Ashley Mardell

  • UnClobber by Colby Martin (covers faith and spirituality too)

  • SoulNotSkin by Jen SluMac

Self Care

  • The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

  • The Magic by Rhonda Byrne

  • Mantras in Motion by Erin Stutland

  • The Clarity Cleanse by Habib Sadeghi

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

  • Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Spirituality

  • Super Attractor by Gabrielle Bernstein

  • The Universe has your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein

  • The Calling by Rha Goddess

  • Raising Hell by Julie Ferwerda

Parenting

  • Brave Parenting by Krissy Pozatek

  • The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman

  • The Parallel Process by Krissy Pozatek

  • Not By Chance by Tim Thayne

  • Differently Wired by Debbie Reber
     

The Trevor Helpline:

1-866-4UTREVOR/1-866-488-7386

VISIT THE TREVOR PROJECT WEBSITE

*Suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth

Trans Lifeline

US: (877) 565-8860

VISIT THE TRANS LIFELINE WEBSITE

* Suicide prevention helpline for trans youth, staffed by trans people.

 

National Runaway Switchboard:

1-800-RUNAWAY/1-800-786-2929

VISIT THE NATIONAL RUNAWAY SWTICHBOARD WEBSITE

*Crisis intervention and referrals. National communication system for runaway and homeless youth.

RAINN - Rape Abuse & Incest National Network:

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

VISIT THE RAINN WEBSITE

* National sexual assault hotline

GLBT National Youth Talkline:

1-800-246-7743

VISIT THE GLBT NATIONAL YOUTH TALKLINE WEBSITE

*Talk to peers directly

National Domestic Violence Hotline:

1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

VISIT THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE WEBSITE

National Child Abuse Hotline:

1-800-4-A-CHILD/1-800-422-4453)

VISIT THE NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE WEBSITE

Sexually Transmitted Disease & AIDS/HIV Information Hotline:

1-800-CDC-INFO/1-800-232-4636

National Youth Crisis Hotline:

1-800-442-HOPE (4673)

*Provides counseling and referrals to local drug treatment centers, shelters, and counseling services.

 

 

 

 

Fantastic resources in Chicago's Northern Suburbs

National Hotlines

Local Resources

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Please feel free to share your favorite websites and books here!

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