Health Information Links for Parents 

The following Web sites provide a wealth of information about adolescent health, including links to additional resources. If you know of other Web sites that you find particularly helpful as a parent and are willing to share, or if any of the links below do not appear to work, please contact the Maranacook School Based Health Center at 685-4923 x1019 or e-mail rebecca_reynolds@maranacook.org

 

SUBSTANCE ABUSE 

 

Helps teens, families, and friends deal with the effects of living with problem drinking of a relative or friend.

 

FACE: Resources, Training and Action on Alcohol Issues
This national non-profit organization works to create public awareness and action on alcohol issues.

 

Resources and suggestions from the Maine Office of Substance Abuse to help recognize and prevent underage drinking.

 

This site provides information about the tobacco industry, describes efforts by teens across Maine to resist tobacco, and offers tips for quitting.

 

Represents and advocates for the continuum of substance abuse services throughout Maine, including prevention, treatment, and recovery. Published by the Maine Association of Substance Abuse Programs.

 

SEXUALITY

 

This Washington, DC-based national organization champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive sexual health.

 

This is a great site to learn about reproductive health and sexuality. There is a ‘frequently asked questions’ section and links to useful information such as HIV, dating and other sexually transmitted diseases.

 

This educational resource, published by the American Social Health Association, answers your questions about teen sexual health and sexually transmitted infections. 

 

This site includes a link just for parents and provides information about teen sexuality and teen pregnancy.

 

This site includes information, resources and support for parents, friends and families of lesbian and gay youth. 

 

DATE RAPE / VIOLENCE

 

This onprofit organization is dedicated to serving the special needs of women, children, and men who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse. Site includes a toll-free, confidential hotline, details about their services, general information about abuse, and helpful links to other resources. 

 

The Web site of the Sexual Assault and Crisis Support Center provides a toll-free hotline and lots of information and resources on the subject.

 

NUTRITION / EATING DISORDERS

 

This site, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has information about the U.S. dietary guidelines with interactive ways to track your nutrition and activity.

 

This is a clearinghouse for up-to-date information about eating disorders, including treatment and advocacy.

 

ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH

 

Assists parents and families in understanding developmental, behavioral, emotional, and mental disorders affecting children and adolescents.

 

Sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, this site has a link for youth and encourages people to identify, discuss, and seek help for mental health problems; and create a more accepting environment for all people to do so.

 

The NRS’s mission is to keep America’s runaways and high-risk youth safe and off the streets. This site provides information and help for parents, teens and agencies.

 

INTERNET & MEDIA SAFETY

 

This site reviews movies and provides parenting tips on managing media viewing.

 

Internet safety tips by age.

 

Frequently asked questions about online child sexual exploitation, answered by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

 

Netsmartz Workshop is an interactive, eductional resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America for children, teens, parents, educators, and law enforecement that uses 3-D activities to teach kids how to be safer on the Internet. This site is used in computer classes at the high school.

 

GENERAL ADOLESCENT HEALTH

 

This site’s “Teen Health Kit for Parents” includes links to numerous health related topics; e.g. teen depression warning signs, tips for keeping your teen safe, and fast facts for parents.

 

Offers information about health topics and improves access to local community resources and support.

 

Addresses issues of girls in rural settings by helping communities identify specific needs of girls and young women in their areas, and organize appropriate programs to improve the environment in which these girls grow to maturity.

 

Learn about many health topics and living with different diseases and conditions. Basic safety tips on various topics are covered including biking, tanning, travel and water.