I talk honestly and openly about my experiences with mental illness, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome through the lens of feminism, fat acceptance and process theology. I also do recipe and book reviews. My mission is to spread the message that hope is always real for a better life, despite living in a world that is often very harsh.

Teen Resources

Teen Line
a confidential hotline for teenagers which operates every evening from 6:00pm to 10:00pm PST
call at 800-TLC-TEEN (852-8336), 
text us by texting “TEEN” to 839863 Teen Line also offers message boards, resources and information. The Teen Line volunteers who answer the calls, emails and texts are Southern California teenagers who have received specialized training. Their job is to listen to your feelings and help you to clarify your concerns, define the options available to you, and help you make positive decisions.
*There are also some information & resources for parents 

Online Crisis Center - HopeLine 
an online crisis center for teens and young adults with 100% of its professionally supervised volunteers trained in crisis intervention. Provides crisis intervention and empowers them to take the necessary next steps to address their situation. 

Call: 1-866-488-7386
Text: 1-202-304-1200
the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13–24.

Call: 1-800-448-3000
If you are having thoughts of harming yourself, are being abused, struggling with addiction, depression, etc. call to speak to a counselor. 24/7.
Text: Text VOICE to 20121 to start. Every day, 2PM to 1AM CST.
Text with a counselor for free with the following carriers: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Virgin, Cricket, Nextel, Boost, MetroPCS.

Phone: 800.656.HOPE (800.656.4673)
National Runaway Safeline - 1800runaway.org
Phone: 800.RUNAWAY (800.786.2929).    Text: 66008
Thinking of running away, problems at home, being bullied-talk to people on phone or online with crisis intervention training to discuss options and resources.    *Resources for parents too.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Phone: 800.273.TALK (800.273.8255)
*also provides resources & education for suicide prevention/mental health

Love Is Respect - 1-866-331-9474. 
Text: loveis to 22522* 
engages educates and empowers young people to prevent and end abusive relationships. Highly-trained advocates offer support, information and advocacy to young people who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships.

The National Eating Disorder Association 
Confidential Helpline 1-800-931-2237
Monday - Thursday: 9am-9pm  Friday: 9am-5pm

Child Sexual Abuse - Darkness to Light
Phone: 866.FOR.LIGHT (866.367.5444)
Text: “light” to 741741
For Children and adults needing local information or resources about child sexual abuse from a trained crisis intervention counselor

National Domestic Violence Hotline (family violence)
Phone: 800.799.SAFE (800.799.7233)
Highly-trained advocates available 24/7/365 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. 

Child Abuse - Childhelp.org
Call: 800.4.A.CHILD (800.422.4453). Text: “CHILD HELP” to 847-411
dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. The hotline is staffed with professional crisis counselors. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are confidential.


Helpful Websites:

provides support and resources for self-harm 

project created by the National Suicide Prevention Hotline; bloggers age 13-24 write about mental health and suicide prevention

engages, educates, and empowers young people to prevent and end abusive relationships

Sex ed for the real world - inclusive, comprehensive, supportive sexuality and relationships info for teens and emerging adults

Apps:

Calm - has free guided meditations and sleep stories to help you relax, sleep and feel happier. 

Calm Harm - provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. 


What’s Up - teaches ways to cope with depression, anxiety, anger, stress

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