has brought up some very intense issues and it would be remiss of us not to bring them up here. If you have questions about
the issues raised, or are experiencing these issues yourself, hopefully we can lead you to information that might be of help.
have been raped, abused, have had unprotected sex, are suicidal or violent, DO NOT SUFFER IN SILENCE. Seek help IMMEDIATELY.
Speak to a parent teacher, coach, religious leader or other ADULT you feel comfortable with.
are aware of a friend or acquaintance who is dealing with these issues, offer to help. If you know someone who is suicidal,
being abused, or violent, SEEK HELP immediately. Paige helped Ellie deal with cutting, Jimmy stood up for Marco, and imagine
how things might have been different had someone stood up for Rick.
this page, you will find numbers for various help lines, numbers you can call any day, at any time for help and support. All
help lines are italicized.
Suicide Help Line 1-800-784-2433
(last four digits spell “suicide”)
Being a teenager is stressful. On top of doing
well in school, teens are expected to participate in extracurriculars, be popular, responsible, and somehow deal with relationships,
rumours, bullying and a million other things. You’re not alone; everyone was a teenager once.
Teen Advice Online
The Canadian Health Network
Degrassi.tv “Guidance Department”
General Crisis Counselling 1-800-785-8111
Crisis Line 1-800-448-4663
Youth Crisis Hotline 800-HIT-HOME
Help Phone (Canada) 1-800-668-6868
Hazel was very right. .
. if you said no (even just once) it is rape. If you have ever been forced to have sex (ANY kind), seek help. Also, know that
boys can be raped.
Sexual Assault and Rape Crisis Resource
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
RAINN Rape Support Line 1-800-656-HOPE
much as adults would like to pretend it doesn’t happen, sex does happen. For the sake of yourself and any future partner,
educate yourself. Abstinence is the only way to be 100% safe. If you want to have sex, make sure you are ready, and part of
being ready is being educated. SAFE SEX is integral to your health. Know about pregnancy, STDs, HIV/AIDs and the emotional
issues that come with having sex. If you can’t discuss condoms with your partner, you aren’t ready to have sex.
If you’ve had unprotected sex even ONCE, you could be pregnant or have any number of STDs that have no outward symptoms.
Get tested. Be safe.
National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Sexuality and U
Teen AIDS Line: 800-234-TEEN and 800-440-TEEN
National AIDS Line 1- 800-342-AIDS
National STD Hotline 800-227-8922
Pregnancy Support and Advice 1-888-4-OPTIONS
is illegal under the age of 21 in the USA, 19 in Canada, and 18 in most other places. Although some teens do drink, it is perfectly acceptable to say
no. Most teen drinking is not healthy. Binge drinking is particularly unhealthy, and has lead to a large number of DEATHS
on college campuses. IF you are going to drink, BE RESPONSIBLE.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Alcohol and Teen Drinking
is a very serious issue irregardless of the type: physical, emotional, and sexual or neglect. If you are being abused, seek
Kid’s Health: How to Handle Abuse
Domestic Abuse/ Assault 1-800-333-SAFE
Child Help USA (Abuse help line) 1-800/4-A-CHILD
Family Violence Help Line 1-800/222-2000
has bipolar disorder, which is a chemical imbalance in the brain, and something that requires medicine and therapy. There
are also a number of other mental illnesses, such as depression, that require medicinal and therapeutic help. Having a mental
illness does NOT mean you are crazy, it just means that your brain has trouble regulating hormones, synapses, connections
and the like.
Mental Help Net
National Mental Health Association
Family/ Children’s Mental Health line 1-800-654-1247
is VERY SERIOUS. Anyone who cuts needs help to deal with the mental health issues behind the self-abuse.
eating is very important to your health. Anorexia, bulimia, obesity, and other eating/ weight disorders can cause very serious
health issues and even cause death. They can affect girls AND boys.
Eating Disorders Association
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
Eating disorders help line 1-800-382-2832
is illegal in the USA and Canada (and most other nations) to treat someone differently simply based on the colour of their skin, their ethnicity, gender
or sexuality. It is simply not acceptable.
For Diversity, Against Racism
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
are raging during the teenage years, and if you’re confused about who your hormones are directed at, you’re not
alone, and you don’t have to deal with it alone.
Gay Student Center
Sexuality and U
National Teen Gay and Lesbian Hotline 1-800-347-TEEN
of school shooters tell someone before they attack. If it can happen at Degrassi, it can happen anywhere. I was
in Colorado during the Columbine shootings. Schools should be safe havens, but that
doesn’t mean they are. Understand the causes behind school shooting, particularly bullying. Treating someone poorly
because they are different is not only cruel, it could be dangerous. Almost every school shooter told someone before it happened;
if you know someone who has brought a gun to school (or is planning to) TELL SOMEONE. You might just save a life.
Center For the Prevention of School Violence
families have problems, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with it. If you are having trouble at home, don’t
suffer alone. If you are being abused, seek help immediately, preferably with your local child welfare or police department.
If you are having trouble dealing with issues such as divorce and mixed families, there are places you can find help.
Center for Young Women’s Health: Dealing with Divorce
Kid’s Health: Divorce