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Anxiety & Stress

  • Resources for Those Impacted By Recent Injustices
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    Resources for Those Impacted By Recent Injustices

    Helpful Mental Health Resources for those impacted by injustice & trauma.

    If you or someone you know is feeling anxious, upset, lonely, stressed, having suicidal ideations, and/or at risk of suicide, and need support, you are not alone. We must keep talking and we must provide support to ourselves, friends, family, and community. For help, there are several resources available:

    Helpful Resources

    Embrace LA
    Empowering communities through citywide conversations about race and racism to challenge & change inequities.

    Advancement Project California
    Advancement Project California is a multi-racial, multi-generational racial justice organization with expertise in research, advocacy, and policy.

    RESULTS
    RESULTS is a movement of passionate, committed everyday people working influence political decisions to create lasting change. Resources include anti-racism reading lists, creating equitable spaces guide & more.

    WDAC
    The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations has endeavored to inform, support, train, and mobilize people of all ages to transform prejudice into acceptance, inequity into justice, and hostility into peace.

    ADL Anti-Bias Resources for Educators and the Community
    Includes tools such as: classroom tips & strategies (ways students can get involved in activism), Anti-Bias education & social-emotional learning and respectful conversation.

    Movement for Black Lives is an ecosystem of individuals and organizations creating a shared vision and policy agenda to win rights, recognition, and resources for Black people. Week of action in defense of Black lives.

    Books to Help You Explain Racism & Protest to Your Kids

    How To Talk to Your Kids About Racism

    26 Ways to Support the Movement Outside of Protest

    Hotlines

    CA Peer Run Warm Line:  1-855-845-7415. Mondays to Fridays: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Didi Hirsch) 24/7: 1.800.273.TALK (8255), Veterans: press 1 or text 838255. Para español, oprima el numero 2.

    Disaster Distress Helpline: 800.985.5990

    Crisis Text Line: (24/7) Text LA to 741741

    The Trevor Project for LGBTQ+ Youth
    (24/7) Call 1.866.488.7386, text START to 678678 or Trevor Chat.

    Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Helpline
    Call 1.800.854.7771

    Los Angeles County Community Resources Information Line and to Report Hate Crimes: 2-1-1

    Emotional Well Being

    CDC: Taking Care of Your Emotional Health

    SAMHSA: Coping with Grief After Community Violence

    The Safe Place, a Minority Mental Health App geared towards the Black Community. Free on Apple & Android devices.

    Elevate is an inspirational living and self-care mobile application to help promote positive mental health. Free on Android & Apple devices.

    Black Mental Health Alliance provides culturally competent programs that promote the health & well being of Black and other communities of color, including referrals to culturally competent clinicians for mental health treatment.

    Black Girls Smile promotes positive mental health for young African American girls, including resources and referrals to culturally sensitive mental health professionals.

    The Loveland FoundationOur resources and initiatives are collaborative and they prioritize opportunity, access (therapy fund), validation, and healing for communities of color.

    Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.

    Therapy for Black Men is a directory to help men of color in their search for a therapist.

    18 Black Mental Health Therapists to Follow on Instagram for Self Care

    Youth Specific Online Resources: GritX, mindfulness apps, Nod (social connection), grounding techniques

    More resources on race, racism & mental health (including organizations, books/films, articles and online support) from PsychHub.

  • I get a panic attack every time I see my ex-boyfriend/abuser.
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    I get a panic attack every time I see my ex-boyfriend/abuser.

    Female, 14 years old, PA

    Question/Issue:

    Is it normal to be terrified every time I see my ex-boyfriend/abuser? Because every time I see him in public, I have a panic attack.

    Teen Line Wrote: 

    Thank you for contacting Teen Line. I am so glad that you reached out to us. It must be so hard to have to see your ex-boyfriend/abuser sometimes then experience these panic attacks. I want you to know that it is completely normal for you to be having these reactions. It is perfectly normal to be scared and terrified around this person when abuse is associated with him. It must have been really tough and scary to have to see him and have to revisit that time in your life.

    It sounds like you may have some PTSD from your past abusive relationship by the fear you said you are feeling. I want to give you some resources on how to cope with your fears, how to understand the, and how to maybe overcome them: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/ptsd-symptoms-self-help-treatment.htm – this is a resource that will help you understand what PTSD is and how you can help yourself cope with it. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/traumatic-stress.htm this is a resource that can give you support on how to deal with the dramatic stress when you are having a panic attack. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_loxoCVsWqzLptVD96E-DOlzWhbXT_H8 This is  Kati Morton’s YouTube channel regarding to PTSD. Kati Morton is an online therapist and a great resource that can provide you support and guide you through your fear.

    I also want to give you some information to some ways that can help you deal with your panic attacks. Mindfulness and meditation are great ways to help you feel more calm and less stressed the next time you see him. Here are some useful resources: https://www.calm.com/ is a website that will lead you through guided meditations that can help you calm down and be more intune with your sense. After a panic attack or during, this can help you release some of that panic and stress. http://mindfulnessforteens.com/ is a website that will also give you some techniques on how to be more at peace.

    Again, thank you so much for reaching out. It was so brave of you to share what’s going on. I want to encourage you to call in to Teen Line if you want to talk more about this at (800) 852-8336. You can also text “TEEN” to 839863 if you feel more comfortable communicating through text.

    I hope you find these resources helpful because you deserve support. Stay strong.

  • I’m really nervous about high school and worried about the future.
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    I’m really nervous about high school and worried about the future.

    Female, 14 years old, CA

    Question/Issue:

    I’m really nervous about high school, and I have a really big phobia of getting old, so when I think of being a freshman next year, I get REALLY nervous. What should I do ?

    Teen Line Wrote:

    Thanks so much for contacting Teen Line, that was incredibly brave of you. I’m so sorry that you’ve been struggling to sit with the idea of getting older. It’s understandable to me that entering high school would bring up these difficult yet common thoughts.

    Here is a relevant article from a website I love about coping with getting older:  https://tinybuddha.com/blog/how-to-cope-with-the-fear-of-aging/. It talks a lot about loving yourself and shifting perspectives.

    Additionally, here is a video from a mental health professional, named Kati Morton, on YouTube about coping with starting school: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHsG59dwfoQ. Here is another video from her about dealing with anxiety :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr7MjaJbh9M. I would also encourage you to talk to parents or other adults you trust about the phobia you expressed, everything you are experiencing is completely valid and deserving of help.

    Lastly, if you would liek to talk to another teen, feel free to call into the Teen Line hotline: (310) 855-4673. We’re open from 6pm-10pm PST. You can also text in by texting “TEEN” to 839863. Here as well are our message boards if you’d like to share your story: