Community Resources for Teens


It’s not easy being a Teen.  Sometimes you have questions that may be difficult or embarrassing to ask. Obviously, the library is a good place to start.  We have lots of books you can read about a number of sensitive topics.  For more privacy, feel free to use the self-checkout station.

Local Resources

Allendale offers emergency shelters for boys aged 14-17, and a transitional living program for young adults aged 18-23 in the Lake County area.
24/7 Hotline: 847-245-6231

CYN Counseling Center
The Community Youth Network Counseling Center is a non-profit comprehensive community based counseling center that serves children, adolescents, and adults who are struggling with a variety of mental health issues.
Office Menu: (847) 548-6000 

Lake County Health Department
Access information and connect with various health services that include preventative care, behavioral health, environmental health, maternal and child health services, healthy living programs, animal control, and more.
Office Menu: (847) 377-8000 

NICASA Behavioral Health Services
The Northern IL Council on Alcohol & Substance Abuse is a not-for-profit behavioral health services organization that works with vulnerable and at-risk children, adults, and families in Northern Illinois.
Office Menu: (847) 546-6450

PADS Lake County
PADS Lake County is a community-based organization that Provides Advocacy, Dignity & Shelter to individuals and families experiencing a housing crisis.
Office Menu: (847) 689-4357

A Safe Place
A Safe Place provides services addressing domestic violence and human trafficking in Lake County, Illinois.
Office: (847) 249-4450 

The Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center is a place where survivors of sexual assault and abuse can heal, and to mobilize the community toward action to end sexual violence.
Direct Voicemail: (847) 244-1187
24-Hour Support Line: (847) 872-7799 

LGBTQ Resources

GSA Network 
The Gay Straight Alliance Network is an LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities.

PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. The local chapter is based out of Grayslake / Round Lake.

Other Resources

ANAD: Eating Disorder Support Groups and Services
The association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders is for anyone struggling with anorexia, bulimia, or another type of eating disorder.
Office: (630) 577-1330 

National Runaway Safeline
Serves as the national communication system for runaway and homeless youth.
24-Hour Support Line: (800) 786-2929

National Suicide Prevention
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
24-Hour Lifeline: (800) 273-8255 

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