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Support Groups

Written by Jessica Sherman, Staff Writer. Posted in Support Groups

Supporting TeensPreface by L. J.

This is Jessica Sherman's article and it’s not a normal sort of commentary for this site. But (brace for cliché) if it convinces one person to get support for anything from depression to addiction, I will feel that it’s all worthwhile.  I get to know a lot of teens, one way or another, and I can’t help but remember some of the dreary, bleak times I myself had as a teenager.  Mature physically at twelve, but with the emotions of a younger girl, I watched other kids my age get in every sort of trouble there was.  Sometimes I needed my own kind of support, and at times I didn’t get it because I didn’t reach out.

I want everybody to have the tools with which to reach out.  The sites here will go to the link page even after this article is archived.  If you need anything, please read on. –– Lisa

Support Group Resources

There are times in life when you just need help. It’s not always easy to ask for and most of us don’t like to admit when we need it. Maybe you can’t or won’t tell your friends or family but I want every person that reads this to know someone out there knows exactly how you feel. They have dealt with what you’re dealing with. No matter what it is, you’re not alone in this world.

L.J. Smith’s books create an escape from a lot of our every day issues; but when that’s not enough I encourage everyone to visit L.J. Smith’s website and return to this page. She loves her fans and since many of her fans are young adults who often face difficult problems on their own she wanted to provide them with a one-stop go-to list of resources.

The age of the Internet has brought information and more importantly people from all walks of life all over the globe right to our fingertips. Online you can speak freely and be yourself without anyone ever knowing your name. That ability makes anonymous help just a click away. If you need help, if you want help, just reach out and take it.


Sexual Abuse & Assault

National Sexual Assault 24/7 Confidential Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

Cutting and Self Injury

 Self Injury Help Line 24/7 Confidential: 1-800-DONT CUT (366-8288)

Drugs, Alcohol & Addiction

Family and Friends of Alcoholics and Addicts

Eating Disorders

Emotional Health & Wellbeing

Family & Friends of Depressed Teens

Suicide Prevention

Crisis Hotline 24/7 Confidential: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 Confidential: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

 Teen Pregnancy

Sexual Health & Birth Control

 Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender,

Victims of Bullying, Harassment & Hate Crimes


TEENLINE Online is a website dedicated to bringing teens together to help and support each other. TEENLINE Online covers a number of the above topics in one place.

Do you have a problem that’s not mentioned? Or know of a great support group or website for teens and young adults? Drop a message to L.J. Smith here and tell her about it.



+1 # WOW!Cristina 2011-11-10 11:16
This has got to be one of the most fantastic sources I have ever seen. Thank you for taking the time to get this important information out there!
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Jennifer Collins
0 # AmazingJennifer Collins 2012-03-01 08:33
Oh wow,

I am impressed that this is even on here. I never noticed it before. Is there a clear link to it on the front page - I mean other than under the tabbed link section? I really think this should be visible on the front page, even if it's at the bottom in a box. This is a wonderful Idea to have such resources here. Kudos to you Admin & Lisa.
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Jennifer Patterson Prada
+1 # RE: Support GroupsJennifer Patterson Prada 2012-03-09 15:25
This portion of the site is by far the best part. The resources on this site are incredible. Your target audience will benifit from this. Much gratitude for opening my own eyes.
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0 # Re Support Groups - from new memberangela 2012-09-25 10:50
:-) Wow how wonderful to reach out and help teens all over the world who are faced with so much pressure in todays society. Respect to you Lisa.
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0 # RE: Support GroupsKimmy 2013-04-26 02:11
Bless you for having such a wealth of resources. I know when I was a teen there were a few times those may have been helpful. You have many lucky fans.
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