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K-12 Resources

Sexual Health

SIECUS: Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States
SIECUS is an organization that educates and provides information about sexuality and sexual health. Visit their website for information on sexual health topics and policy updates.

Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth is an organization that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Visit this webpage for sexual health topics and issues that affect young people. The website also contains resources on sexual education and a parents’ sex education center.

American Sexual Health Association (ASHA)
ASHA is an organization dedicated to educating individuals, families, and communities about sexual health topics. Visit their website for more information about STDs/STIs.


Mental Health

American Psychological Association (APA)
The website contains information on psychology topics. It also contains a practice directory (under Psychology Help Center) for referrals to psychological services.

Mental Health America
Mental Health America (formerly the National Mental Health Association) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the general public about mental health and mental illness. The website provides resources regarding mental health and illness, support groups, and treatment centers while the hotline provides 24/7 access to mental health professionals.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI is a grassroots mental health advocacy organization dedicated to helping individuals and families affected by mental illness. Their website offers information on mental health topics, treatments, support groups, and programs.

Resources for Educators on Teen Health

For teen health resources  and statistics surrounding youth health, see our Consumer Health Guide.

NIDA: Educator Page
NIDA has a range of age-appropriate curricula and activities designed to help you in this challenging role and support your efforts in the classroom. The lessons and activities promote an understanding of drug abuse and addiction and a curiosity about neuroscience.

Heads Up Real News About Drugs and Your Body
This science-based education series provides teachers and students with innovative materials about the effects of drugs and drug abuse on the brain and body. New teen articles, classroom lessons, and student worksheets are created and distributed every school year through Scholastic’s in-school magazines as well as Heads Up teacher and student websites.

NIDA: Drug Abuse and Addiction Easy to Read Drug Facts
An easy-to-read website that talks about drug abuse, addiction, and treatment created by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

NIAAA: Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner's Guide
“Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide” is designed to help health care professionals quickly identify youth at risk for alcohol-related problems. NIAAA developed the Guide and Pocket Guide in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, a team of underage drinking researchers and clinical specialists, and practicing health care professionals.

Office of Adolescent Health
Locate information on reproductive health, mental health, substance abuse, physical health and nutrition and healthy relationships.

Kids/Teens Health Parent Page
Locate useful information for parents on kids/teens health issues by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media.

KidsHealth in the Classroom
KidsHealth in the Classroom offers educators free health-related lesson plans for all grades and subject areas. Each Teacher's Guide includes discussion questions, activities, and reproducible handouts and quizzes – all aligned to national health education standards.

Choose My Plate Lessons for Teens (USDA)
Use the 10 Tips Nutrition Series to locate lesson plans by age group including teens.

CDC Adolsecent and School Health
CDC promotes the health and well-being of children and adolescents to enable them to become healthy and productive adults. Locate information on alcohol and other drugs, sexual risk behavior, and more.

Distraction.gov
Distraction.gov was created to raise awareness about the dangers of texting or talking on a cell phone while driving. This may be useful for use with new teen drivers.

NIH-NICHHD: Media Smart Youth: Eat, Think & Be Active!
Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active! is an interactive after-school education program for young people ages 11 to 13. It is designed to help teach them about the complex media world around them, and how it can affect their health--especially in the areas of nutrition and physical activity.

NIH: We Can Campaign!
A national education program to help prevent overweight and obesity among youth ages 8 to 13, provides resources and community-based programs for parents, caregivers, and youth that focus on behaviors to encourage healthy eating, increase physical activity, and reduce sedentary time. The program was developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and is conducted in collaboration with the NICHD, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the National Cancer Institute, and several national private sector organizations.