For additional local services, check out “Important Numbers” in Teen Resources.
MD Youth Crisis Hotline – 1-800-422-0009
Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help Maryland youth deal with a range of needs, from homelessness, family conflicts, emotional difficulties, and suicide. In addition, a free online chat service is available Monday through Friday, 4 to 9 pm.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
This 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Calls are routed to the nearest crisis center in a national network of more than 150 crisis centers. Lifeline’s grant is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The Trevor Lifeline (for GBLTQ Youth) – 1-866-488-7386 (1-866-4-U-TREVOR)
Providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
Rape Crisis Hotline- 301-739-8975 (Washington County, Maryland)
24-hour hotline with counselors trained to listen and offer information, offers crisis intervention, counseling and referral, victim accompaniment to hospitals, police interviews and court and other services. If you or someone you know has experienced a sexual assault outside of Maryland, you can reach the National Sexual Assault Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673). Your call is free and confidential.
National Sexual Assault Hotline – 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)
Sponsored by the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN). Online Hotline is also available (click the link).
The Emergency Contraception Website – 1-888-NOT-2-LATE (1-888-668-2528)
Operated by the Office of Population Research at Princeton University and by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals to reduce the incidence of unintended pregnancy.
National Runaway Hotline – 1-800-786-2929 (RUNAWAY)
24-hour crisis line. It’s anonymous, confidential and free.
Love is Respect: National Dating Abuse Helpline – 1-866-331-9474 (TTY 1-866-331-8453)
24-hour help for teens and young adults. Peer advocates are trained to offer support, information and advocacy to those involved in dating abuse relationships as well as concerned parents, teachers, clergy, law enforcement, and service providers.
Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect – 240-420-2222
The Washington County Child Advocacy Center operates this 24-hour hotline. The names of persons making referrals concerning maltreatment are kept in the strictest confidence.
The Family Tree – 1-800-243-7337
The Family Tree’s Parenting HelpLine offers a safe and confidential place for children. Teens can discuss tough subjects such as family problems, family violence, bullying, peer relationships, victimization, and pregnancy. The Family Tree staff and trained volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide information in a confidential setting. Simply call 1-800-243-7337 or email.
CDC-INFO - 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) or TTY 1-888-232-6348
Formerly known as the CDC National STD and AIDS Hotline, counselors at this hotline sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now respond to questions about personal health issues, not just HIV and sexually transmitted infections. Available 24 hours a day, in English and Spanish.
Maryland 2-1-1 (211 or 1-800-422-0009)
Maryland 2-1-1 provides a link to community health and human service resources statewide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in over 150 languages. Need Help? Dial 2-1-1!
National STD (STI) Hotline – 1-800-227-8922
The hotline is available Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm EST. The American Social Health Association website offers information about sexual health, healthy relationships, STIs, and more. Check out iwannaknow.org – a site developed for teens and their parents.
Alateen – 1-888-425-2666 (1-888-4AL-ANON)
Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Call the hotline from 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday to find a meeting in your area.
Alcohol/Drug Abuse – 240-313-3314
Substance abuse and mental health services for teens offered by the Washington County Health Department.
Above the Influence
Every teen’s life is filled with pressure, some of it good, some of it bad. Our goal is to help teens stand up to negative pressures, or influences. The more aware you are of the influences around you, the better prepared you will be to face them, including the pressure to use drugs, pills, and alcohol. We’re not telling you how to live your life, but we are giving you another perspective and the latest facts. You need to make your own smart decisions. We want teens to live Above the Influence.
Campaign For Our Children
The Teen Guide at Campaign for Our Children is designed to inform, test your knowledge, and help you speak with your parents or guardians about sex.
GYT – Get Yourself Tested
Responding to the fact that one in two young people will get a sexually transmitted disease (STD) by age 25—and most won’t know it—the GYT campaign is a youthful, empowering social movement to reduce the spread of STDs among young people through information; open communication with partners, health care providers, and parents; and testing and treatment as needed.
Girl’s Inc. (National)
Girls Incorporated is a nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and boldSM through a network of local organizations in the United States and Canada.
Girls Inc. of Washington County, Maryland
Our local affiliate of Girls Inc. offers after-school and summer programs for all girls. a local affiliate of a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls, regardless of girls socio-economic, ethnic or religious backgrounds.
Hooking Up and Staying Hooked
A relationship how-to guide offers plenty of candid advice for high-school guys.
It Gets Better Project
Founded by syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage with his partner Terry, the It Gets Better Project provides support for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual young people and their allies and also connects young people with help through the Trevor Project and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.
It’s Your (Sex) Life
Reliable information about decision making, how to talking openly with your partner, how to prevent unintended pregnancy, and how to stay healthy by using protection and getting tested regularly for HIV and other STIs.
I Wanna Know: Sexual health and you
I Wanna Know is designed to help you learn about your sexual health in order to make good decisions, since you will be a sexual being for a long time. Whether you’re 18 or 80, you are going to have a desire to fulfill your sexual needs. Taking precautions now will not only help you live long, you will have a healthier sex life to show for it.
Kids Health.Org – TeensHealth
Pediatrician-approved, the Nemours Center for Children’s Health Media provides a wide-range of health information for teens.
Love is Respect is a joint project between the National Dating Abuse Helpline and Break the Cycle to provide resources for teens, young adults, parents, friends and family, peer advocates, government officials, law enforcement officials and the general public on dating abuse and healthy relationships.
Information about sexual health for young women of color. Sponsored by Advocates for Youth.
National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Supports a combination of responsible values and behavior by both men and women and responsible policies in both the public and private sectors to prevent teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy among single, young adults.
Planned Parenthood’s Teen Wire Web Site
Comprehensive information for teens, parents and educators.
Informational resources and an online hotline specializing in sexual assault sponsored by the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.
Information about alcohol and your health from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Information about sexual health issues provided by teens, and for teens. Sex, Etc. is part of the Teen-to-Teen Sexuality Education Project developed by Answer (formerly the Network for Family Life Education), a national organization dedicated to providing and promoting comprehensive sexuality education to young people and the adults in their lives.
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States
Founded in 1964, SIECUS, provides education and information about sexuality and sexual and reproductive health.
Not only does smoking impact your health now, but it also affects the direction your life and health take in the future. This site is designed and run by people at the National Cancer Institute to help teens understand the decisions they make—especially the decision to quit smoking.
The goal of Stay Teen is to encourage you to enjoy your teen years and avoid the responsibilities that come with too-early pregnancy and parenting. Sponsored by the National Campaign to prevent Teen and Unintended Pregnancy.
The Cool Spot
The Cool Spot was created for kids 11-13 years old by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The NIAAA is the lead U.S. agency supporting research into the causes, prevention, and treatment of alcohol problems.
That’s Not Cool
A national public education campaign that uses digital examples of controlling, pressuring, and threatening behavior to raise awareness about and prevent teen dating abuse. Sponsored and co-created by Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund), the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, and the Advertising Council.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
Tobacco Free for Life – Washington County, MD
Get information and support to aid you in winning the battle against tobacco and connect with others trying to quit smoking or stay quit. (A Facebook page maintained by the Washington County Health Department.)
To Write Love on Her Arms
TWLOHA is an interfaith, non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and thoughts of suicide.