WCH: Adolescent Health Resource Center
Welcome to the Adolescent Health Resource Center, provided by the Women's and Children's Health Section, Children and Youth Branch. Please navigate the links below for information and resources related to adolescent health.
- Important Websites and Numbers
- For Teens
- For Parents and Primary Caregivers
- For Youth-Serving Professionals
- NC DPH Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives
- Additional Resources
- Youth Public Health Advisor Program
Check us out on Twitter @NCPublicHealth.
- October is “Let’s Talk” month. Visit Power To Decide and follow #TalkingIsPower to learn more.
- Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 6th through October 12th. Learn more about why mental health is just as important as physical health and how to fight mental health stigma by visiting the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
- October 10th is World Mental Health Day. This year, World Mental Health Day is focusing on suicide prevention. Do you have 40 seconds to take action? Learn more by visiting the World Health Organization website.
September is National Suicide Prevention month. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 17. If you or someone you know needs help:
- Visit https://www.itsok2ask.com/ to learn more about reducing the stigma of mental health disorders and preventing suicide.
- Text HOME to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line, a free, 24/7 resource to text with a trained crisis counselor. For more information visit: https://www.crisistextline.org/
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). For more information, visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
- For medical or life-threatening emergency always call 911.
April 1 through April 7 is Global Teen Health Week. Are you a teen, caregiver, educator or professional interested in learning more about how to promote teen health? See the Teen Health Week Resource Guide and the Office of Adolescent Health’s Adolescent Health: Think Act, Grow® (TAG) campaign for more information.
Be sure to sign up for the 2019 Teen Health Week Webinars brought to you by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.
Interested in some of the ways that NC Division of Public Health impacts teen health? See the links below:
- Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Help Line
- It’s OK 2 Ask: Youth Suicide Prevention
- Immunizations for Adolescents
- Injury and Violence Prevention
- Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives
- Triple P - Positive Parenting Program for Teens
- Oral Health
- Youth Tobacco Use Prevention
March is National Nutrition Month®. Teens need the right fuel to learn, grow, and develop. To learn more visit: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics EatRight.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Visit youth.gov to learn more about the impact of teen dating violence, warning signs, awareness and prevention resources, and how to get help.
Happy New Year! National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, brought to you by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is observed January 22nd to January 27th. Check out the NIH website for more resources and how you can get involved.
December recognizes National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Did you know that about 1 in every 5 North Carolina high school aged students report driving or riding in a car with a driver who had been drinking alcohol? Learn more at Youth.Gov. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 1991-2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://nccd.cdc.gov/Youthonline/App/Default.aspx. Accessed on 12/14/18.)
Want to spread more kindness? October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Visit these websites to see how you can show your support at school or in the community: Pacer National Bullying Prevention Center; StopBullying.Gov; Stomp Out Bullying.
September is Suicide Prevention Month, visit our NC DPH website, It’s OK 2 Ask to find information and resources on how to get help or help others.
Back to School, Back to Doctor! Headed back to school? Make sure your adolescent is up to date on their annual well-child visit.
Check out the latest National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Last Modified: October 18, 2019