Help for youth in crisis: Safekids.com provides a directory of resources

Sat, Aug 13, 2011

Problem Solvers and Solutions

Do you know a young person who is in crisis, perhaps someone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts, dating abuse, domestic violence, or bullying?  Or are you that person?  Do you need help, but are not sure where to look?    Then check out this directory of resources which Larry Magid, creator of  Safekids.com, has compiled.  As the website notes, the directory is not “for general information but urgent services and helplines for kids, parents, caregivers and others who are concerned about a young person who may be in danger.”  The directory provides links for help with the following:

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Mental health support (including bullying and cyberbullying)
  • Dating abuse and domestic violence
  • Drug and alcohol issues
  • LGBT and questioning youth
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual exploitation (offline or online), abuse or missing teens/kids

The directory provides a quick overview of each resource, a telephone number, and a link to the website.  If you know of another useful link, you can provide that information for possible future inclusion on the Safekids.com website.

Our Editorial: This is a really useful resource for anyone dealing with youth in crisis or for young people themselves.  Having all these links under “one roof” will not only put people in touch with professionals who are trained to help young people, but will also allow that connection to be made very quickly.  Who knows, that might just save a life.  Thanks, Larry, for having taken the time to research and compile this information. 

 

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