Throughout the years, us TeenTalkers have worked together to provide information and support to teens struggling with different issues. One of the things we wanted was to create something you can pick up and take with you to read on your own or to give to someone you know who might be going through some hard times. Each of these guides were created by teens, for teens. If you like what you see, you can order any of these for free from us.
What are these booklets about?
TeenTalk volunteers have created a few strategies you might find helpful during hard times. Each volunteer at TeenTalk has their own unique story and their own personal experiences and struggles, which is what makes TeenTalk such a great resource. We are teens between the ages of 15 and 19, and we know what it’s like to face some of the same struggles. Some may have struggled with something similar to you. You are not alone and we at TeenTalk are here for you. What you will find in these "booklets" are coping strategies our TeenTalk volunteers found or have used to work through tough moments. Please note that we are teens/peers and not professionals. We have gathered ideas we think are helpful and not every suggestion will fit you and that is OK. Use and do what is right for you!
Content warning: These "booklets" are intended for support and to provide suggestions around coping with difficult situations. These include references to difficult subjects such as self-injury and dating violence. If this might put you at risk of experiencing trauma, flashbacks, or any other reaction you may have to emotionally stressful subjects, consider a safety plan. Do not read these "booklets" if the subject matter puts you at risk of being triggered, or make sure to read it when you feel you are in a good place mentally and emotionally. If you do read it and find yourself having a difficult time with emotions, memories, etc. or are feeling triggered by any of these "booklets," look toward a good friend, family member, counselor, or the Crisis Line (1.800.626.8137) to discuss it with or try finding a good outlet like a sport, book, art, or other favorite pastime. Remember to take care of yourself as well as others!