Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Website Provides Mental & Behavioral Health Resources for Teens

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Website Provides Mental & Behavioral Health Resources for Teens

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To help combat misinformation, the Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth (TLC), New Jersey's primary youth suicide prevention program at Rutgers' University Behavioral Health Care, has launched TLC4Teens (tlc4teens.org), a resource website for children, which includes organizations, hotlines and relevant articles that have been vetted by TLC. Funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, TLC4Teens links to state and national resources for issues such as grief, suicide prevention, mental health, depression, substance abuse, dating, bullying, anxiety, self-care, underage drinking, sexuality and gender identity.

A parent section includes resources on how to understand and handle a child's grief or emotional or behavioral crises.

"The site was designed to give children easy access to the information they seek online with minimal clicks," says Maureen Brogan, TLC statewide coordinator. "It also features a video by Olympic Gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, who reminds her fellow teens that seeking help is not a weakness and that they should use the site as a 'resource to connect to in difficult times.'"

Brogan encourages children as young as elementary school who are using mobile devices to bookmark the site. …

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