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Good sources for getting the help you need.

Feelin' Good | Drugs and Alcohol | Hotlines for Local Services
Sexuality, STDs and Parenthood | Spirituality | GLBT

Feelin' Good

A comprehensive online acne information center, published by the American Academy of Dermatology.
Break the Cycle
The mission of this site is to engage, educate and empower youth to build lives and communities free from dating and domestic violence.
Center for Young Women's Health
Sponsored by the Children's Hospital of Boston. Includes nutrition and fitness, sexual health, development, and emotional health. En Espanol also.
Cool Nurse
Cool Nurse was created to help today's teen and young adult achieve and maintain a high level of health, fitness and well-being.
Planned Parenthood Care/Info for Teens
Website for teens sponsored by Planned Parenthood of Northeast Florida.
FDA Health Information for Teens
FDA's official information on birth control, ephedra, tampons, tattoos, and other information.
SAFE Alternatives: Stands for “Self-Abuse Finally Ends.”
A nationally recognized treatment approach, professional network and educational resource base, which is committed to helping you and others achieve an end to self-injurious behavior including self-abuse, self-mutilations, deliberate self-harm, and para-suicidal behavior
Call: 1-800-366-8288 (DONTCUT)
Click here for more information on self-injury or self mutilation.
Stop Bullying Now!
What bullying is. What you can do about it. Take a stand, lend a hand. Created by teens for teens, sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Teen Growth
Body, emotions, health, doctor, friends, sports, danger, school, family, and sex. All about teen health.
Teens Health
Get answers and advice about food and fitness, sexual health, relationships, safety, and drugs and alcohol. This site features articles about diversity and tolerance, fears and phobias, drugs, and orthodontia-and enables users to link to additional articles about the same topic. This site is also available en español.
United States Department of Health and Human Services
The United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services.
Girls Health.Gov promotes healthy and positive behaviors in girls, giving them reliable and useful health information in a fun, easy-to-understand way. The website also provides information to parents and educators to help them teach girls about healthy living.

Drugs and Alcohol

Alateen is part of Al-Anon, which helps the friends and families of alcoholics recover or simply cope with the unique problems and stress in relationships with alcoholics. Alateen is a recovery program for young people and includes groups sponsored by Al-Anon members.
Call: 1-888-425-2666
American Council for Drug Education
The American Council for Drug Education is a substance abuse prevention and education agency that develops programs and materials based on the most current scientific research on drug use and its impact on society.
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency Youth Information
Founded in 1944 by the first woman to find sobriety through Alcoholic’s Anonymous. Try the online self test to see if you are at-risk for developing alcoholism or drug dependency.
Call: 1-800-622-2255
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Drug Information Page
Research information about the effects of drug abuse on the brain and interactive activities to help you learn more about various drugs and how they affect how your brain works.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens
The science behind drugs.
National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign
Get the facts on what alcohol and drugs do to your body.
Partnership for a Drug-Free America
Non-profit coalition of communications industry professionals to help kids and teens reject substance abuse by influencing attitudes through persuasive information.
What's Driving You?
"What's Driving You?" offers information about alcohol, DUI, drinking and driving, and ways to think about behaviors associated with drinking.

Sexuality, STDs, and Parenthood

Coalition on Positive Sexuality
"You have the right to complete and honest sex education." Provides a lot of good information about birth control and sex, in everyday language.
Girl Mom
Support, Community, and Education for young mammas.
Go Ask Alice
Question and answers on many health topics, including relationships and sexuality. From Columbia University's Health Education Program, with a searchable database.
i wanna know
Information about sexual health for teens published by the American Social Health Association.
It's Your (Sex) Life
The primary goal of the "It's Your (Sex) Life" website is to provide reliable, objective sexual health information to young adults. This website is sponsored by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
National AIDS/STD Hotline
Call: 1-800-342-2437
Scarleteen is a web site with "sex education that is for real". Site presents a nonjudgmental and unbiased attitude of tolerance and understanding for teens by providing links to helpful resources and articles on teen sexuality.
Sex, Etc.
A website by teens, for teens, sponsored by the Network for Family Life Education, Rutger's University.
SIECUS - Families are Talking (for youth)
SIECUS - Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. Designed to empower parents and caregivers to communicate with their children about sexuality-related issues.
Sexuality and relationship information from Planned Parenthood of America. En Espanol also.
Truth 4 Youth
An organization that seeks to provide an alternative to pop culture's views on teenage relationships and sexual intimacy, sponsored by the Abstinence Clearinghouse.
TeenAIDS - PeerCorps
Information about teen AIDS and HIV.


Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network (JASMYN)
JASMYN is a Jacksonville-based youth services and advocacy organization that focuses specifically on youth who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or uncertain about their sexual orientation.
Out Proud
Resources for queer and questioning youth, sponsored by the National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth. This site has a wide range of resources including frequently asked questions, coming out stories, current news, and role models.
Safe Schools Coalition
A public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youth.
Youth Resource
Support, community, resources, and peer-to-peer education about issues of concern to GLBT young people. YouthResource is a project of Advocates for Youth.


All Things Mysterious
Page for teens to learn information and ask questions about wicca, astrology, tarot as well as read reviews of the latest Llewellyn Publisher books. Get free online readings.
Anointed Youth Page
A hangout for Christian teens and young adults.
A multi-faith Internet site. Try the "Belief-O-Matic" or "What's Your Spiritual Type?" to learn more about your beliefs.
Interlude: An Internet Retreat
A meditation site that shares ideas from many spiritual traditions. Meditations, prayers, poetry, and more.
Islamic Foundation of North America Student Resources
An Islamic studies and resource center.
JPL's Religion Recommended Websites Page
Be sure to check out JPL's Philosophy and Religion page for more information and research links.
Brief history of the Rastafarian religion.
Sloppy Noodle
Christian youth ministry
Young Life - Jacksonville
A Jacksonville, Florida non-denominational Christian organization.

Hotlines for Local Services

Hubbard House
Hubbard House serves Northeast Florida's domestic violence victims and their families. Since 1976, they provide free care not only for the immediate safety needs of abuse victims and their children, but also to educate, support and promote community awareness about domestic violence and it's far reaching affects in Duval, Baker and Nassau counties.
Call: 904-354-3114 or 800-500-1119
Safe Place
The Youth Crisis Center, AKA "Safe Place", helps teens and their families across Northeast Florida. Look for the Yellow and Black "stop signs" at your local libraries, Starbucks, Wal-Marts and Home Depots. All of YCC's services are free and confidential.
Call: 904-720-0002 or 1-877-720-0007
Salvation Army of Florida
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Call: (904) 353-0971 or (904) 354-3428
Jacksonville Beaches Call: (904) 249-1323
Women's Center of Jacksonville - Rape Recovery Team
The Women's Center helps Jacksonville-area women by providing many services including sexual assault victim advocacy, counseling, support groups and more. The center also provides free HIV-testing.
Call: 904-722-3000

National Agency Hotlines

Covenant House
Everyone has basic needs. If you or a friend are coping with lack of food, clothing, housing, employment or trouble at school this is a phone call to make. Talk to someone who can help.
Call the nine line: 1-800-999-9999
Girls and Boys Town
Need someone to just listen for awhile? The Girls and Boys Town National Hotline is a 24-hour crisis, resource and referral line. This accredited hotline is staffed by counselors who can respond to your questions every day of the week, 365 days a year.
Call: 1-800-448-3000
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Provides information regarding 5000 local and nationwide shelters and server providers available for victims, friends and family who often call for life saving help. The Hotline operates 24 hours a day in over 150 languages with a TTY line available for the deaf.
Call: 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)
National Runaway Hotline
Are you thinking about running away? Maybe you are working on a school report and need statistics? This hotline is available 24 hours a day and is confidential and free. Whether you are in a crisis, have a friend who is in trouble, or want ideas for spreading the word about our services, NRH can help.
Call: 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)
National Suicide Hotline "HOPELINE"
Having thoughts about suicide? Know someone who is? Call 24/7 and speak to a certified crisis counselor.
Call: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood health centers offer a huge range of services that include birth control, gynecological care, HIV testing as well as various counseling and referral services. Call for help, advice, or to find a center here in Jacksonville.
Call: 1-800-230-7526
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network "RAINN"
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. You'll find statistics, counseling resources, prevention tips, news and more.
Call: 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)
United Way Dial 211
People living in a 10-county region of Northeast Florida can now dial 2-1-1, the new, easy to remember, three-digit telephone number for free information and referral and access to health, social and human services.