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V.I.T.A.L. National Resources for Transitional Age Youth

Domestic Violence Housing Support LGBTQIA+ Substance Use and Mental Health Suicide Prevention Resources



National Domestic Violence Hotline

GET HELP NOW:  1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse.

Contacts to The Hotline can expect highly-trained, expert advocates to offer free, confidential, and compassionate support, crisis intervention information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages.

Vision:  We envision a world where all relationships are positive, healthy, and free from violence.  

Mission Statement:  We answer the call to support and shift power back to those affected by relationship abuse.  Our work is informed


Stop The Hurt

Stop The Hurt is an educational resource for all people as they seek to develop healthy relationships with peers, partners, family, and themselves. We believe all relationships should be based on mutual respect and equality. Our hope is to create conversations around consent, healthy relationships, peaceful communication, and self-compassion. Together we can #StopTheHurt





"For more than four decades, Covenant House has helped transform and save the lives of more than a million homeless, runaway and trafficked young people. We offer housing and support services to young people in need – currently reaching 74,000 youth every year."


Corporation for Supportive Housing
About the Organization (From Webpage)- It was a revolutionary idea: give the men and women on our streets a home and surround them with the care they need. CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing) was founded on this idea, which would become the solution to homelessness for people most in need.

CSH is the national leader in supportive housing, focusing it on person-centered growth, recovery and success that contributes to the health and wellbeing of the entire community.
General Webpage:  Lots of information here!  Resources: Advocacy, Education, Resources, and Support







The Trevor Project


Get Help Now! 
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.


Our Vision:  PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Our Mission:  Our mission is to build on a foundation of loving families united with LGBTQ people and allies who support one another, and to educate ourselves and our communities to speak up as advocates until all hearts and minds respect, value and affirm LGBTQ people.


Trans Lifeline
USA- 1-877-565-8860 / Canada- 1-877-330-6366

Trans Lifeline is run by and for trans people.  Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.

Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support phone service run by trans people for our trans and questioning peers. We believe that some of the best support that trans people can receive is from trans community members with shared lived experience.

Call us if you need someone trans to talk to, even if you’re not in crisis or if you’re not sure you’re trans.




Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
1-800-662-HELP (4357)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.







SAMSHA - Find Treatment
SAMHSA's Mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

SAMHSA's Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance use/addiction and/or mental health problems.





Aces (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Connection
"ACEs Connection is a social network that recognizes the impact of a wide variety of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in shaping adult behavior and health, and that promotes trauma-informed and resilience-building practices and policies in all families, organizations, systems and communities. We support communities to accelerate the science of adverse childhood experiences to solve our most intractable problems. We believe that we can create a resilient world where people thrive."


Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is devoted to developing a brighter future for millions of children at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes.

Our work focuses on strengthening families, building stronger communities and ensuring access to opportunity, because children need all three to succeed. We advance research and solutions to overcome the barriers to success, help communities demonstrate what works and influence decision makers to invest in strategies based on solid evidence."



Center for the Study of Social Policy 
Who We Are:  CSSP is a national, non-profit policy organization that connects community action, public system reform, and policy change to create a fair and just society in which all children and families thrive. We have offices in Washington, DC, New York, and Los Angeles, as well as partners in 30 states around the country.

Our Mission:  We work to achieve a racially, economically, and socially just society in which all children and families thrive. To do this, we translate ideas into action, promote public policies grounded in equity, support strong and inclusive communities, and advocate with and for all children and families marginalized by public policies and institutional practices.

Our Vision:  We believe all children and families should have what they need to thrive. To realize this vision, CSSP works to ensure that communities are inclusive and offer support to families living there; that public systems provide the resources and opportunities sought and needed by families; and that public policies create more equitable opportunities and outcomes for all children, youth, and families.


Child Welfare League of America (CWLA):
"CWLA is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies that since 1920 has worked to serve children and families who are vulnerable. Our expertise, leadership and innovation on policies, programs, and practices help improve the lives of millions of children across the country. Our impact is felt worldwide."


U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
The mission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans, by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services.


Call 1-877-231-7843 

Yout.gov was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), which is composed of representatives from 21 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth. The IWGYP promotes the goal of positive, healthy outcomes for youth in four significant ways:
  • Create and Support youth.gov.
    This federal website provides interactive tools and other resources to help youth-serving organizations and community partnerships plan, implement, and participate in effective programs for youth. For more information about the IWGYP or this website, please call 1-877-231-7843
  • Create and Support YE4C: 
    The Youth Engaged 4 Change (YE4C) website is the home of the IWGYP’s online youth engagement efforts. YE4C helps young people between the ages of 16 and 24 engage in change on personal, community, and national levels.
  • Identify and Disseminate Promising and Effective Strategies.
    IWGYP identifies strategies, tools, and resources accessible through youth.gov that will help promote effective community-based efforts addressing youth risk and protective factors. The Program Directory, a searchable database on youth.gov, provides visitors with information about such efforts. Communities can determine whether replicating these strategies will meet their needs.
  • Promote Enhanced Collaboration
    IWGYP identifies and engages key government, private, and nonprofit organizations that can play a role in improving the coordination and effectiveness of programs serving and appealing to youth. Entities include faith-based and other organizations, community coalitions and partnerships, businesses, volunteers, and other key constituencies. These partnerships and collaborations provide mechanisms to obtain feedback on how federal initiatives are translated at the local level; keep organizations informed about federal funding opportunities; and provide the IWGYP with communication mechanisms to reach regional, state, and local programs.