Check out the resources we gathered to help you get the high-quality, judgment free health care you deserve. Whether you want to know more about communicating with your provider or where you can find health care if you don’t have insurance, you can find the information you need in these pages!
Before reading, remember that being informed about your health and your health care means thinking critically about all media. Even if an article or website has information that you like, check the sources and the information about the person or group who created it to be sure it’s a credible and unbiased source. All of our resources are used for a reason – a specific piece of advice we feel is important or great tips that we think should be shared – but some may use language that you feel is dated or not entirely friendly. Be critical, be informed, and take what you need to get the care you deserve.
Find out about how you can ask questions, be critical, and be informed in how you access healthcare.
- Medical Records & Confidentiality – Find some helpful pointers on talking to your provider about confidentiality so that you can be comfortable at your next appointment.
- Visiting Your Doctor – This website from the United Kingdom provides some great tools to help you feel confident talking about your health.
- Health Literacy Wisconsin – This website by Wisconsin Health Literacy, Inc. is dedicated to improving communication about health.
Find out more about navigating relationships with friends, partners, parents, and most importantly, yourself.
- Break the Cycle – Learn about healthy relationships, identify unhealthy or abusive behaviors, and find help for you or a friend.
- ABCs of Healthy Relationships – This website unpacks the characteristics of healthy relationships and how to assess relationships to make sure they are healthy.
- Love is Respect – Whether you’re worried about a friend or need to talk about your own relationship Love Is Respect has great information, as well as a chat, text, or call line.
- Supporting a Friend – Supporting a friend who is in an unhealthy or abusive relationship can be really hard! This webpage has important tips that may help.
Body Image & Nutrition
Find out more about body image, nutrition, and the best ways to talk to a health care provider about these topics.
- Health at Every Size – People of all sizes and shapes can be healthy and beautiful! Visit Health at Every Size to learn more about the movement and get involved.
- Project Heal – Find up to date information about how to find help if you or a friend is looking for support while healing from an eating disorder.
- Reading Food Labels – Be informed about what food labels mean and why calories and fats can be important for our health.
- Helping a Friend – Here is a set of things you can do to support a friend if you are worried they may be struggling with an eating disorder.
Learn more about mental health and your rights so that you are prepared to speak to a provider when you’re ready.
- All About the Mind – Find information about keeping your mind healthy and coping with stress related to relationships, emotions, and other parts of your life!
- Youth Mental Health Bill of Rights – You have rights when you seek mental health care! Learn about them and be prepared for your next (or first) appointment with a health care professional.
- OK2Talk – Here’s a space to spill all about mental health. It’s run by NAMI, a national organization, and allows you to ask questions, chat, and get help if you need it.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness – Access helpful information to support struggling friends or start a conversation about mental health with a trusted adult.
Learn about groups who support and care for LGBTQ teens and get tips for accessing health care.
- LGBTQ Teen Resources – Check out the many links on this page from the CDC to learn more about LGBTQ identities and places to seek support.
- PFLAG – PFLAG is a national organization with local chapter. They provide support, education, and advocacy for LGTBQ community members and families.
- My Trans Health – Connect with qualified providers who care for young people who identify as transgender. Services on this site include medical, mental, legal, and crisis care.
Find out how you can ask questions, be critical, and be informed in how you read, watch, and use media.
- Teen Aware: Sex, Media, & You – This website has a great online boot camp in media literacy to help you learn the basics and apply them to your media.
- Media Literacy Defined – Not sure what media literacy even means? Learn about the definition, purpose, and educational approaches!
- The Media Literacy Ladder – This visual ‘media literacy ladder’ outlines concrete steps for you to be a critical consumer of media.
- Media & Digital Literacy – This webpage is made for parents, but still might provide helpful tips for using media smartly or give you things to discuss with your parent/guardian.
Learn about contraceptive options, sexually transmitted infections, and navigating healthy sexual relationships.
- I Wanna Know – Find a lot of information about sexuality, sexual health, and how you can practice healthy sexuality throughout your life.
- Sex, etc. – This website provides sex education, for teens, by teens – making the information accurate, honest, and easy to read because it’s written by teens!
- Sexual Health Information for Teens – Find information about your body, birth control options, and an easily accessible text help line to answer more specific questions you might have!
- Amaze – Take the awkward out of sex education and check out this website with tons of videos, resources, and information for you about sexual health.
Talking About Your Health
Learn how to communicate openly with your provider to be sure you always receive the best possible care.
- Talking to your doctor (or other provider) – Use this tool to help bring up topics that feel difficult to discuss with your health care provider.
- Taking charge of your appointment – This handout has tips and reminders to help you get the most from your time with your provider.
- Health transition checklist – Use this checklist to track ways you can begin taking charge of your health care over the next few years!
- Teen guide to talking to your doctor (or other provider) – This blog post from a non-profit in New Jersey has some great information about how to foster a great relationship with your provider.
Alcohol & Drugs
Find out how alcohol or drugs impact your health and how to seek support for yourself or a friend who is using.
- The Cool Spot – Find information about alcohol use, peer pressure, and your right to refuse alcohol if it’s offered.
- Binge Drinking – These CDC fact sheets provide information about the risks of binge drinking and ways to safely step in if someone is drinking a dangerous amount.
- How Much is Too Much – Learn how to identify if a person you love is drinking alcohol a concerning amount. Then find out how to access additional support systems for you and them!
- Drug Abuse & Addiction – Get the real details about why teens use drugs & alcohol, how they can impact your body, and where you or your friends can access support for addiction.