Health Resources

Child & Family Web Guide

The Child & Family WebGuide is a ground-breaking and much needed way to give the public direct access to the best Internet information about children. Created by faculty in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University, in collaboration with academic librarians at Tufts' Tisch Library, the WebGuide will identify, review, and rate web sites providing information about children.

Child & Family Web Guide


Search Institute® is a leading global innovator in discovering what children and adolescents need to succeed in their families, schools, and communities. Drawing on extensive research, Search Institute brings hopeful solutions to pressing challenges in the lives of young people and their communities.  Learn more about "Developmental Assets."

Coping Skills

Positive Coping Skills means being able to deal with problems and troubles encountered in life. Effective coping skills can help you ease the emotional stress you feel when dealing with life’s difficulties. Learning and practicing basic coping skills greatly contributes to maintaining a healthy attitude, and an understanding of life’s ups and downs. Here are some informative websites about different stressors and practical solutions to combat stress.

Stress Management

Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the ever increasing demands of high school life. Unfortunately, stress is an expected part of our daily lives today. Dealing with it so that YOU control it rather than it controlling you is an important and positive force in controlling your life. Here are some resources to help discover tips and techniques for stress management:

How Can You Manage Your Stress
Managing School Stress

Challenge Success

Making educated decisions on everything from scheduling, to homework and mental health, whether you are an educator, parent or student does not need to be done alone. Challenge Success applies Stanford University-based research to work with schools and families to improve student health and engagement with learning. The organization believes the definition of success is different for every child. Through its hands-on workshops, conferences and presentations, Challenge Success provides practical, research-based tools to help kids. Challenge Success helps educators create a healthier school culture by working with them to improve school policies and classroom practices; helps parents raise well-balanced kids by offering advice on things like homework, extracurricular activities and mental health; and helps students reduce stress and pressure while increasing their engagement in school.

Challenge Success

Reducing Test Anxiety

Generally, we all experince some level of nervousness or tension before tests or other important events in our lives. A little nervousness can actually help motivate us; however, too much of it can become a problem - especially if it interferes with our ability to prepare for and perform on exams. Here are some helpful sites to learn more about test anxiety:  

Identity and Culture

Identity and Culture help shape who we are and what we value. We are influenced by many factors that help us develop into who we are, and shape the values we live by. Cultural, gender, religious, and sexual identity make up who we are and how others view us as an individual.  

The video above and the resources below give brief descriptions on physical, cognitive, social and moral development of an adolescent that help to form teenage identity.  

Internet Safety

Bullying and Hazing

From pre-k to college, bullying, including cyberbullying and hazing have a negative affect on people that can last a lifetime. The following websites and video sources above will give you information about the differences between bullying and hazing, the affects of bullying and hazing, as well as tips to prevent bullying or hazing at your school or community. Check out all the resources below.

Body Image and Media

Girls and boys are affected by the media's unrealistic standards of perfection. The media influence can have a negative effect on how teens view themselves. These websites are helpful in navigating the pressures teens face in relation to the media.

Eating Disorders

Our Video Story from the National Eating Disorder Association

Check out this website created for students to learn more about mental health issues including eating disorders. There is a page that has video clips of people telling their own stories of eating disorders and recovery. There is also a link to a terrific, award-winning comprehensive website on eating disorders including recovery support online.

Augsburg College is a wonderful resource to learn about Eating Disorders, please click on the hyperlink to find out more.

Augsburg College has  a great site with self help links for 41 topics including Eating Disorders and Alcohol and Other Drugs.

Alcohol and Drugs

Explore the websites created for students to learn more about mental health issues including alcohol and drugs. Also included is a page that has video clips of people telling their own stories of alcohol and drug abuse and recovery.This includes facts on tap with information including how to handle situations where others are drinking and you are not and also how to cut down on your drinking.  There is also a test that reveals whether or not you have a problem with alcohol.

Other resources:

Teens Health:  Drugs and Alcohol

Learn more about Mariah's Challenge:  Fighting Teen Drinking:


Suicide Prevention


Suicide Prevention Resource Center provides information on the scope of suicide as a public health problem including prevention, surviving loss and national organizations.


Suicide Prevention Basics

Safe Spaces

Saint Ignatius Counseling Department works hard in creating a safe space for ALL students. 

Learn more about Safe Spaces.

Telephone Resources

telephone dial
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-TALK (8255)

  • National Hopeline Network:  1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433

  • Nineline 24 hour hotline:  1-800-999-9999

  • Teen Education and Crisis Hotline: 1-800-367-7287

  • CA Youth Crisis Line:  1-800-843-5200

  • Stanford University LPCH Department of Psychiatry:     650-723-7704

  • Adolescent Counseling Services:   650-424-0852

  • Children's Health Council:  650-326-5530  

  • Confidential Cole St Youth Clinic SF:  415-386-386-9398

  • Santa Clara County Mental Health Call Center:  800-704-0900

  • Living with Kids Help LIne (Talk Line):  415-441-5437

  • Suicide Prevention & Crisis Line

    • SF:  415.781.0500

    • Spanish:  415.989.5212 (8-12PM)

    • Marin:  415-499-1100

    • San Mateo:  415-92-6655

    • Santa Clara:  800-278-4204

  • San Mateo Psychiatric Services:  650-573-2662

  • Drug Line:  415-362-3400

  • Haight Ashbury Free Clinic:  415-487-5632

  • ALA Teen (Alcohol Help):  415-626-5634

  • National Runaway Hotline:  800-621-4000

  • SF Women Against Rape:  415-647-7273

  • Felton Institute:  415-474-7310

  • Huckleberry House Crisis Line:  415-621-2929

  • TAPP (Teen & Adolescent Parenting Project):  415-695-8300

  • Eating Disorders:  415-221-3354

  • Adolescent Chemical Dependency (Marin):  415-451-3411

  • EMQ  Crisis Team:  408-379-9085 or 877-412-7474

  • Self-Injury Cutting 1-800-366-8288
  • Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-422-4453
  • Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
  • Anti-Gang Hotline 1-800-445-3632
  • Bill Wilson Teen Crisis Hotline 1-888-247-7717
  • Ant-Hate Ant-discrimination Hotline 408-279-0111
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Hotline 1-800-227-8922
  • America's Pregnancy Helpline 1-888-672-2296
  • Anger Management Services:  888-247-7717
  • Thunder Road Teen Treatment Center 510-656-5040
  • CA Smokers Helpline 1-800-662-8887
  • The Gay and Lesbian National Hotline 1-888-843-4564
  • Children's Health Initiative 650-573-3595
  • Legal Advocates for Children & Youth 408-293-4790
  • Bay Area Legal Aid 408-850-706674-1821
  • Cocaine Anonymous SF  415-821-6155  *  Marin:  415-674-1821
  • Marijuana Anoymous SF  415-522-7313
  • Narcotics Anonymous Northern CA Region  415-864-3155
  • Rape Crisis Center of Marin 1-800-670-7273
  • SF Women Against Rape 415-647-7273
  • City of Novato Teen Center 415-209-6210
  • Youth Employment Services   415-507-4071



...putting things in a row isn't bad either...


Covey, Sean.  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.  1998.

Book Resources from Greater Good Science Center at UCB

Listen & Winner Magazine (Drug Free Living for Teens)

Espeland, Pamela.  Life Lists for Teens:  Tips, Steps, Hints, and How-Tos for Growing Up, Getting Along, Learning, and Having Fun.  2003

Apter, Terri.  The Confident Child:  Raising Children to Believe in Themselves.  1997 

Hipp, Earl.  Fighting Invisible Tigers:  A Stress Management Guide for Teens.  2008

Fox, Annie.  Too Stressed to Think?  A Teen Guide to Staying Sane When Life Makes You Crazy. 2005 

Seaward, Brian.  Hot Stones and Funny Bones:  Teens Helping Teens Cope with Stress and Anger.  2002

Sachs, Brad.  The Good Enough Child: How to Have an Imperfect Family and Be Totally Satisfied. 2001 

Riera, Michael.  Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers.  2004

Riera, Michael.  Staying Connected to Your Teenager: How to Keep Them Talking to you and How to Hear What They're Really Saying.  2003 

Faber, Adelse & Mazlish, Elaine.  How to Talk so Teens Will Listen & Listen So Teens Will Talk,2005

Kastner, Laura & Wyatt, Jennifer.  Getting to Calm:  Cool-headed Strategies for Parenting Tween + Teens, 2009 

Phelan, Thomas.  Surviving Your Adolscents:  How to Manage and Let Go of Your 13-18 years olds. 1998

Beardslee, William.  Out of the Darkened Room:  When a Parent is Depressed:  Protecting the Children and Strengthening the Family.  2002 

Manassis, Katharina & Levac, Anne Marie.  Helping your teeenager beat depression:  A problem-solving approach for families.  2004

Lezine, DeQuincy and Brent, David.  Eight Stories Up:  An Adolescent Chooses Hope over Suicide. 2008

Identity & Culture

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Bullying & Hazing

Body Image & Media

Eating Disorders

Alcohol & Drugs

Suicide Prevention

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