Every teen goes through mental and physical battles, whether they happen at school, at home, in a friend group, with a family, or elsewhere. It’s important to be able to seek assistance and to know of resources to use if you or a friend or family member is struggling. It is always okay to ask for help! Here are some local and national hotlines and informational websites.
Crisis Call Center
The Crisis Call Center provides separate 24/7 hotlines for suicide prevention, child abuse reporting, elder abuse reporting, substance abuse, and other resources.
National 24/7 Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE
Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County
Resource for children, teens, and adults about depression and suicide – see website for statistics, health information, local resources and focus groups, programs for school and grief, events, and an emergency suicide hotline.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth in the U.S. The organization provides community spaces, workshops, trainings, resources, text and chat resources, and a 24/7 hotline.
The Kristin Brooks Hope Center provides a 24/7 suicide hotline, as well as special programs for youth, college students, Spanish speakers, veterans, and those coming out of depression.
Mental Health and Depression
National Mental Health Association Hotline (24/7): 800-273-TALK (8255)
Resource for teens and parents struggling with behavior problems, mental health, or substance abuse problems. See website for programs and services, drug testing, and DUI classes.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
The DBSA offers education about mood disorders like depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety, as well as national events, information about treatment and personal wellness, access to peer support groups for teens and adults, and advice about helping friends and family affected by depression.
Families for Depression Awareness
Families for Depression Awareness is an organization that helps families recognize, treat, and prevent depression and bipolar disorder and prevent suicide.
National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline
Call this hotline for judgment-free support from trained staff, referrals for long-term support near you, laws about sexual assault in your area, and information about health facilities and other ways to get help
Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Center (SAVA)
Fort Collins: 970-472-4204
24-Hour Rape Crisis Hotline: 970-472-4200
SAVA is a local center committed to advocating for victims of sexual assault, providing crisis intervention, counseling, and other support for victims, and educating children, teens, and adults in Northern Colorado about sexual assault and sexual harassment.
Love is Respect
1-866-331-9474 or text LOVEIS to 22522
Love is Respect is a resource promoting healthy relationships for teens and adults. Call or visit the website for information about giving and receiving consent, planning for safety, self-care, ending abusive relationships, and helping others in abusive relationships.
Matthews House Fort Collins
The Matthews House is a community center in Fort Collins that provides help for teens 16-21 who are transitioning into adulthood without adequate adult support. Many of these teens have been part of the juvenile justice system or have lived in foster care. The Matthews House also provides assistance for families struggling with parenting, money management, job readiness, and healthy relationships.
The Hub is an agency of Larimer County that provides child protection screening, child and family assessments for at-risk youth, detention screening, early intervention for unhealthy family environments, and individual or family counseling. The Hub has an office in Larimer County and is on call 24/7, providing free services for families.
Fort Collins Child Protection Services
Fort Collins Child Protective Services is made up of community members who review referrals about cases of child abuse in Larimer County. The team serves children who are subject to abuse and neglect, abandoned, whose parents have been arrested or cannot pay for medical care, or who are otherwise in need of emergency care. This office handles foster care or other temporary situations.
Child Advocacy Center
The Child Advocacy Center is committed to educating the community about child abuse and how to report cases of abuse, providing emotional and physical support for abused children and other family members, and helping families find the right resources after child abuse happens.
ChildSafe is Northern Colorado’s only comprehensive outpatient treatment program for child and adult victims of childhood abuse, primarily sexual abuse, and their non-offending family members. This organization does not turn away individuals based on financial means, and provides services in Child Sexual Abuse Treatment, Therapy for Adults Molested as Children, parenting classes, and other treatments and resources.
Salud Clinic provides medical care, dental services, and behavioral healthcare to individuals and families regardless of insurance, citizenship, or ability to pay for medical care. The Clinic is open to anyone, but primarily serves low-income, medically underserved population and migrant and seasonal farmworker populations. Fort Collins services include pregnancy care, family planning, physicians and pediatricians, immunizations, nutrition help, x-rays, bilingual care, and more.
Teen Sexual Health
Colorado Youth Matter
Colorado Youth Matter is committed to educating all Colorado teens about sexual health and identity, as well as youth rights. This includes education about sexual development, contraception, abortion, LGBTQI issues, safe relationships, and resources for all teens regardless of socioeconomic status, gender, sexuality, race, or family background.
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
Planned Parenthood provides abortion services, birth control, general healthcare, HIV testing, men’s healthcare, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing and services, STD testing and treatment, and women’s healthcare for teens and adults in northern Colorado. This location offers walk-in help and Spanish translation services.
GLBT National Help Center
This help center provides phone and email support for LGBTQI youth, speaking about coming-out issues, relationship concerns, parent issues, school problems, HIV/AIDS anxiety, and safe sex.
This hotline is staffed by volunteers who are all trans identified and educated in the range of difficulties transgender people experience. Operators are generally available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
AIDS Info is a national website and hotline providing information about antiretroviral treatment, maternal-child transmission, management of HIV complications, care for disaster displaced HIV-infected patients, pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis, laboratory testing guidelines, and HIV/AIDS prevention.
Hepatitis C Helpline: 1-877-435-7443
Project Inform is focused on drug development, biomedical prevention, education, and healthcare access pertaining to HIV and AIDS. They also conduct research and provide support about Hepatitis C.
Northern Colorado AIDS Project
Northern Colorado AIDS Project provides counseling, education opportunities, affordable care, and case management to those affected by HIV and AIDS in Larimer and surrounding counties.
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Al-Anon Family Groups and Alateen
Alateen is a resource for teens who have been affected by friends or family members with drinking problems. Alateen offers focus groups, advice on coping, and connections among teens dealing with similar problems.
The National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center (NASAIC)
The NASAIC offers support for anyone struggling with addiction to alcohol and drugs, or for anyone with a friend or family member battling substance abuse. The center also offers specialized programs by profession, religion, gender, and other specialized needs.
Team Fort Collins
Team Fort Collins is a local organization that offers education to parents, students, and local businesses about safe drinking, underage drinking, alcohol and drug abuse, and local resources for those struggling with substance abuse.
DrugRehab.com provides support for those dealing with addiction, and in an effort to raise awareness about substance abuse and addiction, the organization has created a guide that they feel every parent should have in order to educate themselves, as well as their children about this issue.
This organization is here to help addicts find an inpatient drug rehab. “Are you or a loved one struggling with prescription painkillers, alcohol or street drugs like heroin? Call our drug abuse hotline to be be connected with on of our rehabs or detox centers and start your new life today.”
La Luna Center
Fort Collins: 970-282-8282, Boulder: 720-470-0010
La Luna Center provides support groups, information, and therapy for women who have struggled with disordered eating.
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
NEDA offers help and support, as well as education, about eating disorders. Visit the website for a special link to a teen page, Proud2BMe, where teens can talk to each other and find fun, interactive information about eating disorders.
Homelessness and Runaways
Boys Town works to reunite children with their families, find foster care for children in need, provide a safe haven for abused or neglected children, and give help to children in dangerous homes. This organization is committed to building healthy families and healthy children.
National Runaway Safeline
This hotline is available for children and teens thinking about running away from home or who have friends or family members contemplating running away. The hotline is also open to any children, teens, parents, teachers, or other people who have questions about runaways or child homelessness.
Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
At this hotline, students can safely and confidentially report suspected threats pertaining to school shootings or other types of school violence.
Teen Parenting and Teen Pregnancy
Baby Safe Haven
Safe Haven Infant Protection Laws enable a person to give up an unwanted infant anonymously. As long as the baby has not been abused, the person may do so without fear of arrest or prosecution.
American Pregnancy Association
This organization offers a 24/7 hotline with answers about getting pregnant, signs of pregnancy, teen pregnancy, maternal and neonatal care, pregnancy complications, and all other pregnancy wellness issues.
Fort Collins Alpha Center
The Alpha Center is a non-profit health clinic in Fort Collins that offers medical care to those in need of pregnancy testing, options education, STI screening, and sexual health education.