Below is a short list of useful websites for information related to adolescent health. At St. Louis Children's Hospital, the staff at the Family Resource Center can also provide written information on many subjects.
The SPOT (Supporting Positive Opportunities with Teens) is a free, one-stop drop in center that helps teens and young adults ages 13-24 years access social, medical, and prevention resources in a confidential setting. It is located in the Central West End and is a collaborative effort between the St. Louis Children's Hospital Adolescent Center and Project ARK (AIDS/HIV Resources and Knowledge). There is a lot of info on the website including services offered, location & directions, and an extensive resource list.
The NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association) website has a lot of useful information about what eating disorders are, treatment options, and forums for support. Especially useful on this site is the “Parents Toolkit” which includes information about navigating insurance coverage when trying to find treatment for a child with an eating disorder.
TransParent is a national organization that provides support, information and resources to help parents confidently navigate their gender independent child’s personal journey of self-discovery to authentic living.
The National Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse provide information and services related to substance abuse and addiction. They also offer free assessments for adolescents.
Community Advocacy and Resources
The Children’s Advocacy Project website links to a variety of resources including food and nutrition, insurance, pregnancy resources and teen-specific needs. You can also print out a variety of parent handouts.