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Teen Support - During COVID-19

Updated: Apr 13, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic and societal changes that has come with a national crisis has sparked a lot of challenging emotions for teens: anxiety, worry, fear, and depression. With the school closures, lack of sports, no extracurricular activities, and not being able to see friends, teens are experiencing social isolation. A myriad of emotions and frustrations comes with these abnormal, now daily, life routines.

We would like to invite any teens looking for support to join Family Advocates’ weekly zoom “Teen Support Group.” These groups are intended to support other teens who have experienced/are experiencing sexual violence, domestic abuse (directly or in-home) or child abuse. It is important to note: **You can remain anonymous during zoom meetings by not using the camera feature on your device.


Mondays at Noon - Meeting ID: 835 635 379 | Password: 923801

Wednesdays at 11:00AM - Meeting ID: 626 468 183 | Password: 868087

While being at home, some teens hear more than they let on and all of that chaos is bound to have long-term consequences for our teens’ mental health. Family Advocates has compiled resources for teens that can help you during this time:


Any teen who is experiencing secondary abuse just by being in a home with domestic violence can reach out to Family Advocates for help or just to listen. Teens who have experienced direct abuse (sexual assault, child abuse), please call our hotline for help and resources.

Family Advocates

24 hour free and confidential hotline: (800) 924-2624

Teen Support Group via SnapChat: Call/text Kendra at (608) 330-2591

Youth Advocate: Matt at (608) 778-3528

Food/Meal – The schools are offering meals for students; however, if you need food for your home, please reach out to us as we can prepare a food box for evening meals for students: (608) 348-5995.

**Advocate phone lines are answered Mon-Friday 8AM-4PM; Please call our 800 number for after-hours assistance.

MENTAL HEALTH or Other Concerns:

Being in a shelter-at-home situation can bring on and/or heighten mental health concerns such as anxiety or depression. If you are not feeling like yourself, please reach out:

Grant and Iowa County Crisis Line: (800) 362-5717

Lafayette County Crisis Line: (800) 552-6642

National Resources: Text line: Text “TEEN” to 839863

Teen Talk App – On Teen Talk, teens can talk about anything from anxiety, depression, relationships, family issues, school… whatever may be causing you stress. Download Teen Talk to vent get support from a trained teen!


Several teens may be having issues receiving reproductive health due to their clinics being closed or not seeing anyone that is not an emergency situation. Neighborhood Health Partners is currently open. There are locations in Platteville (608.348.9766), Monroe (608.328.9500), and Dodgeville (608.930.7720).

Birthing Miracles - Teen Birthing/Pregnancy Counselor - Joey Larson, Midwife, BAICD Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor | | (608) 723-9819

FREE TUTORING: UW-Platteville is pairing their future educators with K-12 students who may need extra help with homework, want to participate in extended learning activities or, for our younger students, maybe even enjoy an interactive read-aloud!

This tutoring is free of charge, supervised by university personnel, and will run beginning the week of April 6th to May 8th. All tutoring would happen through Zoom, which can be accessed through a browser with internet access. Once your information has been entered in our system, Kayla Murphy from our Recruitment and Retention Office, will contact you to provide pairings and connection instructions. If you are interested, click the link below to register:

Additional Resources:

-- In-person support groups for teens. There are video chat options for all groups:

-- Teen Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, self-harm, suicide support group:

-- Domestic violence and emotional abuse friends support group:

-- Teens support group for mental health/depression/anxiety: -

-- Mental health support and friendly chat: -

-- Anxiety and depression support and advice group:

-- Teen mom support group:

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