www.youngwomenshealth.org: Carefully researched health information for teenage girls and young women
www.youngmenshealthsite.org: Carefully researched health information for teenage boys and young men
www.stayteen.org: The goal of Stay Teen is to encourage you to enjoy your teen years and avoid the responsibilities that come with too-early pregnancy and parenting. The more you know about issues like sex, relationships, abstinence, and birth control, the better prepared you’ll be to make informed choices for your future.
www.teenhelp.com: developed for parents of teens as well as teens going through common adolescent development issues
www.bedsider.org: online birth control support network aimed at allowing you to take an active role in your reproductive health
www.thetrevorproject.org: providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth
www.crisistextline.org: free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor
www.kidshealth.org: safe, private place for teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life
www.dosomething.org: One of the largest orgs for young people & social change in the world
www.goaskalice.com: a website where a team of health experts answer a wide variety of questions
www.ahwg.net: has links to many useful sites.
Clue period tracker: Keep track of your monthly cycle by entering data about your period, pain, mood, fluid, sexual activity and personal notes.
Teen Hotlines: lists hotlines, help lines, and web sites organized by subject
Stop, Breathe, and Think: Free web and mobile app for youth, with meditations for mindfulness and compassion
MindShift: Free mobile app for teens developed by AnxietyBC, with mindfulness and other coping skills for anxiety
Smiling Mind: Free mobile mindfulness app for young people, from Australia
Headspace: “Meditation made simple.” This app has a free introductory period, after which it requires a paid subscription to continue to use.
Youth Crisis Hotline:
Alameda County Public Health Clearinghouse:
(888) 604-INFO (4636) can provide referral information for +1300 agencies/services, Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m..
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Info/Support: PFLAG
Drug/Alcohol Help: Thunder Road:
(510) 653-5040 www.altabatessummit.org/thunderroad
A memo to our teen patients
We have enjoyed being your doctors and nurse practitioners so far and would like to continue to provide your healthcare. You may feel that our office has too many young children for you to feel comfortable. Remember, young children get sick more often and have checkups more often than you do. We have many teen patients, but like you, they usually just don’t need to see us very much.
Now that you are older, we would like you to become more responsible for your healthcare. At your visits, we would prefer that you, not your parent, answer our questions regarding your health. We also expect you to know what medicines you are taking, how to take them, and the reason you are taking them. If you don’t know these things, please ask us. If your parent or guardian sends you in to see us, make sure you understand why they made the appointment.
We at Kiwi Pediatrics also believe in preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Some of these diseases can leave a permanent impact on one's overall health and some can show no symptoms. As part of our routine preventative healthcare screenings we will test for chlamydia and gonorrhea on all patients that are 15 years of age and older. It is advisable to check with your insurance carrier regarding coverage of these services.
Authorization To Treat: We need permission from your parent/guardian to treat you for medical problems. If you come by yourself for an appointment, please bring a note giving us this authorization to treat you. There is an exception to this requirement when your problem is related to sexual issues, mental health, drugs or alcohol. These are called “sensitive services” and can be treated without parental consent. “Sensitive Services” are confidential except in instances where there is an immediate threat to your life. Unfortunately, sometimes billing can be a problem in keeping things confidential. If billing is a problem, we can refer you to clinics that won’t bill your parents or their insurance. We can also help you sign up for “sensitive services” through Medi-Cal.
Common Teen Concerns: In addition to the usual health concerns, we can help you with your concerns about acne, diet, puberty, menstrual problems, wheezing with exercise, chest pains, headaches, stomach problems and sleep problems. We can prescribe contraception (birth control) and emergency contraception (pills to be taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse). We can test you for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. We also help with stress-related problems, stopping smoking, depression and issues of sexuality (Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Trangender).