Mental Health Resources for Teens and Young Adults

  • If you or someone you know is struggling, let a trusted adult know. If the first adult doesn't help, keep trying until you get the help you need. With help, it gets better.

    You are not alone! If you are experiencing a crisis or need to talk to someone, reach out to your Student Support Team (school counselor, social worker, or psychologist).

    Hotlines

    • The Trevor Project: Call 866-488-7386 or Text 678-678
      The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQIA+ young people.
    • Trans Lifeline 877-565-8860
      Provides trans peer support for our community that’s been divested from police since day one. Trans Lifeline is run by and for trans people.
    • Alexandria City 24-Hour Emergency Mental Health Services: 703-746-3401

    Apps

    • "A Friend Asks" is a free smartphone app that provides information, tools, and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Available for Android or iPhone.
    • "My Life My Voice" is a mood journaling app that offers an interactive and simple solution for tracking your thoughts, feelings, and moods. Available for Android or iPhone.

    Sites and Blogs

    • Virtual Coach (Kognito) to learn about warning signs of youth psychological distress and what to do when there's a concern. Use enrollment key "novapeer".
    • Your Life Your Voice – Call, text, chat or email to talk to someone on your terms. Check out their bulletin board and tips section for advice and to hear from young people like you.

    In Alexandria

    In addition to the counselors and social workers at your school, you can visit the Teen Wellness Center at Alexandria City High School – King Street Campus to speak with the counselor there. More resources can be found on the City of Alexandria Department of Community & Human Services webpage.

    For Parents and Caregivers

    Are you parenting a child from birth to 18 years old? Fairfax County and the City of Alexandria are partnering to respond to your needs by providing a support line just for you to answer any parenting questions you may have. Talk to a live person ready to help you now! Call 703-324-7720 or text "SUPPORT" or "PARENTING" 30644. Support is available in English and Spanish.