Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

RUTGERS' WEBSITE PROVIDES Mental and Behavioral Health Resources for Teens

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

RUTGERS' WEBSITE PROVIDES Mental and Behavioral Health Resources for Teens

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When teens have troubling thoughts or are prompted by a peers concerning behavior or news story to educate themselves on mental health, they often turn to internet search engine links- many hosted by unreliable sources.

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 (tlc4t~ eens.org), a resource website for children, which includes organizations, hotlines and relevant articles that have been vetted by TLC. Many also are listed on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

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," said Maureen Brogan, TLC statewide coordinator. …

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