Now I know that in my last post I gave some tips on how to handle rough situations, but what if you feel like that isn’t enough. Well, that’s the case…

Now I know that in my last post I gave some tips on how to handle rough situations, but what if you feel like that isn’t enough. Well, that’s the case for many teenagers and because it is so common there are resources available pretty much everywhere. If you feel that you might need outside assistance because you don’t have a grip on the situation, the best thing to do is to just talk to someone.

My number one recommendation if you want help is talking to someone you’re comfortable with enough to share your problems. For example, you can talk to your parents if you feel you can talk openly about your feeling and problems, but if you’re anything like me and probably most teenagers that might be an awkward, uncomfortable situation for reasons that I’m not even clear on why. For those who can talk comfortably with their parents that’s awesome and I think it might be the most helpful because old people know what they’re talking about most of the time. Anyway, other people you might be more comfortable talking to are your friends because they’re closer to your age and they could be going through the same thing so they can provide great support for you. Now, what if you’re looking for a more professional, neutral, and confidential person to talk to, well for that you could talk to a counselor or therapist. Helpful resources like counseling or therapy are available everywhere sometimes free of charge just waiting to help you. Unfortunately, it’s not easy for some people to ask for help, but when you look at it there is no real downside in asking for help. If you feel like you need someone to talk to or help finding resources in your area feel free to call the National Runaway Switchboard available 24/7 at 1800-RUNAWAY.

-Ruben