Resources for Teens and Families

Resources for Teens and Families
March 23, 2020 Kim Goldman

Please keep in mind that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, some of these agencies may have limited hours and/or services.  There are plenty of options on this list, so should you come across an organization that is temporarily closed, please move onto the next one.  Additionally, if you do not find what works for you, feel free to send us an email and we will do our best to help.

Crisis Hotlines (phone, email or text)

  • 1 in 6: A national helpline for men who were sexually abused or assaulted. This free and anonymous helpline is available 24/7

Health and Wellness Support Services

  • is a USDA-sponsored website that offers credible information to help you make healthful eating choices. It serves as a gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers
  • The Go Ask Alice! site is supported by a team of Columbia University health promotion specialists, health care providers, and other health professionals, along with a staff of information and research specialists and writers. Our team members have advanced degrees in public health, health education, medicine, counseling, and a number of other relevant fields
  • Kids Health is a nonprofit children’s health system.  “Our goal is to help parents, kids, and teens take charge of their health. We aim to give families the tools and confidence to make the best health choices.”
  • Eat Right Academy represents more than 100,000 credentialed practitioners — registered dietitian nutritionists, dietetic technicians, registered, and other dietetics and nutrition professionals holding undergraduate and advanced degrees in nutrition and dietetics, and students — and is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy
  • Help Guide is a nonprofit mental health and wellness website. Our mission is to provide empowering, evidence-based information that you can use to help yourself and your loved ones
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is designed to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services
  • CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same
  • Nationwide Nutrition Hotline (800-366-1655)

Mental Health Support Services

  • The Youth Project provides FREE mental health support to teens (12 -18) who struggle with depression, suicide, anxiety, substance abuse, domestic violence, pregnancy, bullying, sexual identity, motivation, anger, and so much more.  We are active on all the junior high and high schools in Santa Clarita and offer one-one counseling, support groups, education/outreach and crisis intervention
  • The Child & Family Center is a provider of comprehensive prevention, early intervention, diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic services for children, teens, adults and families who live in the Santa Clarita Valley
  • Help Guide is a nonprofit mental health and wellness website. Our mission is to provide empowering, evidence-based information that you can use to help yourself and your loved ones
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information
  • NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives

Medical Support Services

  • Samuel Dixon Family Health Center Proudly providing primary health care and non-emergency services to the entire Santa Clarita Valley and neighboring communities
  • SCV Pregnancy Center provides free pregnancy testing and confirmations. Options, information, resources and support given. Free classes and education offered. All free and confidential
  • Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center is the only full-service, acute-care hospital in the Antelope Valley, has been delivering exceptional care to the community for nearly 65 years. It offers the region’s only trauma center, pediatric unit, NICU, inpatient mental health care, labor and delivery, Accredited Chest Pain Center/STEMI Receiving Center, Advanced Primary Stroke Center and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center
  • Henry Mayo Hospital and Trauma Center. The emergency department is open 24-7 to serve you, and a panel of physicians, both specialists and sub-specialists, are available around the clock for your most critical needs
  • LA Dept of Health Service‘s mission is to protect health, prevent disease, and promote health and well-being for everyone in Los Angeles County. With 14 Public Health Centers located throughout LA County, the Department provides free and/or low-cost services to those with no insurance or regular health care provider, including immunizations and communicable disease testing and treatment

Eating Disorders Support Services 

  • The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care
  • Mirror Mirror providing information, education, and support to the community, including people dealing with eating disorders themselves and loved ones that want to support friends or family members with eating disorders
  • UCLA Eating Disorders The program strives to simultaneously restore physical well-being by facilitating adaptive eating behaviors and enhance emotional well-being by targeting dysfunctional beliefs and self-perceptions and addressing psychosocial issues
  • Overeaters Anonymous is a community of people who support each other in order to recover from compulsive eating and food behaviors. We welcome everyone who feels they have a problem with food

Substance Abuse Support Services

  • Action Family Counselings mission is to provide the highest quality chemical dependency, behavioral modification and mental health treatment services, which are accessible and affordable to adults, adolescents, and their families in a variety of treatment settings. 24 hr helpline: 1-(800) 367-8336
  • The Way Out Recovery SCV provides high quality, effective treatment to those suffering from addictive disorders and related issues. “Our goal is to assist adolescents, adults, and their loved ones in becoming happily and usefully whole.”
  • A Light of Hope is a community of people joined in the fight against destructive actions and lifestyles we are challenged with every single day with a willingness to grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and a commitment to abstain from all alcohol, drugs and any other self-destructive actions or behaviors.
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders
  • Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem

LGBTQ+ Support Services

  • LGBT National Youth Hotline Free and confidential peer support for the LGBTQ and questioning community, ages 25 and younger. Mondays – Fridays 1 pm – 9 pm PST, and Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm PST.  800-246-7743
  • The OUTreach Center demonstrates leadership in community education and outreach on LGBT issues by advocating for an Antelope Valley that values our humanity and diversity.  661-92-PRIDE
  • L.A Opportunity Youth Collaborative This database lists programs and services for transition-age foster youth in the central Los Angeles area. The intention of this searchable resource is to centralize information about existing programs and help partners learn about the full array of services available to better serve transition-age youth
  • San Fernando Valley LGBT Community Center is serving the LGBT population in the San Fernando Valley.  Special efforts are centralized around specifically outreaching to the Latino population in order to increase awareness, understanding and acceptance while diminishing stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination. Services include: Career Development; Higher Education; Youth and Adult Workshops; HIV Examinations Referral Program; Counseling; Community Events; an Art Program; and Youth Conference.
  • The Trevor Project has trained counselors to support you 24/7. “If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386.”

Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Rape Support Services

If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.

For anonymous, confidential help, 24/7, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or  1-800-787-3224 (TTY).

If you are being abused by your partner, know there is nothing you have done or are doing to cause the abuse. It is solely the choice of the abuser to abuse. It may seem impossible to escape your abuser, change your circumstances, or find the help you need, but it is possible. However, you know your abuser best, so think carefully through your situation and circumstances and do what is the best for you.

  • Strength United  Our work supports families, prevents sexual and domestic violence, and provides healing and support for those who have survived abuse. We aim to take a traumatic event in an individual or family’s life and turn it into a point of strength. Santa Clarita Office: (661) 702-0000
  • WEAVE Crisis Intervention For Domestic Violence and Sex Trafficking/Sexual Assault.  All of WEAVE’s services can be accessed by calling the Support and Information line. WEAVE’s 24-Hour Support and Information Line offers immediate intervention and support by trained peer counselors. Help is available in over 23 languages. (916)-920-2952
  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
  • The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence mission is to lead, mobilize and raise our voices to support efforts that demand a change of conditions that lead to domestic violence such as patriarchy, privilege, racism, sexism, and classism. We are dedicated to supporting survivors and holding offenders accountable and supporting advocates
  • Women Shelters  is all about providing easy to find shelter listings for women in need. We want to make it simple and easy to use for women who need help quick. We provide listings of emergency shelters, transitional housing, family shelters, residential treatment centers, and other residential services for women
  • NODVLA: For direct victims’ services, call your local rape crisis center. Please click the link to find your local rape crisis center as designated by the County of Los Angeles as SART (Sexual Assault Response Team)
  • Peace Over Violence is a nonprofit 501c3, multicultural, community based and volunteer centered organization dedicated to building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence. To achieve this mission our agency manages five departments delivering the services of Emergency, Intervention, Prevention, Education and Advocacy
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