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Teens @ SCPL Teen Help & Advice — Health

Local Links

  • Local Help & Information: Quit Smoking
    The library's Community Information Database can help you find organizations in Santa Cruz County which offer programs, help or further information about smoking cessation. Use this link to search the CID.

Library Resources

  • Find Books: Quit Smoking
    Santa Cruz Public Libraries have many informative and up-to-date books about smoking cessation. Click here to search the library catalog.

Recommended Websites

  • Al-Anon/Alateen
    Help for families and friends of alcoholics. Special features: Meeting-finder for US, Canada and Puerto Rico; 20 self-test questionnaires; also available in Spanish and French. From: Al-Anon/Alateen World Service Office.
  • girlshealth.gov
    Reliable information for girls, ages 10 to 16. Topics include: body, fitness, nutrition, drugs/alcohol/smoking, emotions, relationships and safety. From the Office on Womens' Health (Department of Health and Human Services).
  • High School Environmental Center
    Information for teens about ecology and environmental issues from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Take Charge of Your Health (Teens)
    A comprehensive but understandable guide focused on healthy eating and weight control for teens. From the Weight-control Information Network of the NIDDK.
  • TeenCentral.net
    Anonymous help-line web site for teens, by teens. Safe space where teens can discuss their issues, professionally developed and monitored by experts in teen counseling and psychology at KidsPeace.
  • TeensHealth
    Especially for teens, his excellent site offer reliable information about a wide variety of topics, including: sexual health, eating disorders, fitness, body image, piercing, tanning, tattoos, emotions, depression, cutting, grief, pregnancy, virginity, STDs, birth control, smoking, drugs, alcohol, diseases and infections, driving, safety, and rape. Special features: e-newsletter; Hot Topics; Q & A service; Spanish available. From: Nemours Foundation.
  • Teenwire.com
    Relationship and sexuality information from Planned Parenthood.

Databases

  • Health and Wellness Resource Center
    Provides health-related information from more than 700 health/medical journals and hundreds of pamphlets (many with full text), 2,200 magazines, and various reference sources.
  • MEDLINE┬« PubMed
    PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes citations and abstracts from MEDLINE, the world's largest database of clinical medical literature. The database indexes more than 4,800 biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 other countries. Citations date back to the 1950s. Some citations link out to relevant information outside of Medline, or to the full text of articles. Tutorials are available and highly recommended for inexperienced users.