Getting Help

If you or a friend needs help, call the toll-free Teenlink at 1-866-TEEN-LINK. You can also call to find out about counseling for teens who want to stop using marijuana and other resources in your community. Don’t worry: it’s completely private, so your parents won’t find out.

Under Washington law, if you’re 13 or older, it’s confidential when you get medical care, substance abuse services, or mental health counseling. No one else will find out, not even your parents/guardians—unless you want to tell them. Your doctor can’t talk to anyone else about it unless you say it’s ok—in writing. The only exception is if you share with the doctor that you’re in immediate danger of hurting yourself, hurting someone else, or being hurt.

More Information and Resources

You can find more information on the health effects and consequences highlighted on this website by visiting:

For health and wellness resources and support, visit:

  • The Teen Health Hub WA webpage. This page has trustworthy answers to young people’s questions on topics like mental health, relationships, and more. This resource was developed in partnership with DOH’s Youth Advisory Council to be for teens.
  • The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline for 24/7, free, and confidential support for people in distress, and prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones—call or text 988.
    • Dial 988 and press 2 for a Spanish-speaking crisis counselor.
    • Dial 988 and press 3 for specialized support for LGBTQ+ individuals through the Trevor Project.
    • Dial 988 and press 4 for a Native crisis counselor through the Native & Strong Lifeline.
  • Crisis Connections to access services if you are in physical, emotional, or financial crisis. The crisis line is open 24 hours a day. Call 1-866-427-4747.
  • The Washington Recovery Help Line for anonymous, confidential help for those using substances or experiencing a mental health challenge. The help line is open 24 hours a day. Call 1-866-789-1511.
  • The Trevor Project Lifeline for a nationwide, around-the-clock suicide prevention and crisis intervention lifeline for LGBTQ youth. Talk to someone at 1-866-488-7386—it’s free and confidential.
  • The Seattle’s LGBTQ+ Center website for wellness strategies and mental health resource guides developed by an organization dedicated to serving the LGBTQ community.
  • API Chaya for free, confidential, and culturally relevant services. Staff and trained volunteers are available to offer support, referrals, information, safety planning, and also simply to listen, on the confidential help line. Call 1-877-922-4292, M-F from 10am to 4pm to connect with a specialist.
  • The Consejo Counseling & Referral Service for mental health, substance use, and other crucial services for the Latino community in Washington State.
  • The United Indians of All Tribes Foundations for a variety of services from an organization that has been serving the urban Native community in Western Washington since 1970.