So what is available out there for teenagers today? Resources are limited by the economy and the recession as well.  However, there are some services for teens feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed or simply lost. Most of our school districts provide some school wide counseling. This on-site, individual therapy is free and convenient and is tailored directly to the age group.  A wonderful starting point for all teens, referrals can also be made to sliding scale clinics in our community for more extensive work.  Groups for teens are also often held at school sites by these same therapeutic professionals. Subjects can range from conflict resolution, anger management, bullying, eating disorders, self esteem workshops, grief and loss, dealing with divorce and social skills among many others. Mentoring Programs are also popular at some sites that partner students with one another to form a support system. Parenting classes are an excellent option for parents and guardians to learn how to communicate better and how to support healthy choices and lifestyles. We need to work hard to put in place a structure that notices when teenagers need help. We need to step up and provide resources to help these kids when they need it.

Resources

Almaden Valley Counseling Service
Sliding scale fee- based upon ability to pay
Telephone#: (408) 997-0200
6529 Crown Blvd. Suite D 
San Jose, CA 95120

Y.W.C.A. Counseling Clinic
Sliding scale fee- based upon ability to pay
Telephone#: (408) 295-4011 ext.259
375 S. Third St.
San Jose, CA 95112

Bill Wilson Center
Sliding scale fee- based upon ability to pay
Telephone#: 408-243-0200
3490 The Alameda 
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Telephone Hotlines

24-7 Teen Line Telephone#: 1-888-247-7717

Teenage Health Resource Line Telephone#: 1-888-711-8336

California Youth Crisis Hotline Telephone#: 1-800-843-5200

Suicide & Crisis Hotline Telephone#: 1-408-279-3312