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A New Chapter

By May 11, 2021No Comments

I am from a lot of childhood trauma from when I was young which made me grow up way too young for my age than sophomore year of high school I was raped by “nice” boyfriend and now I’m a senior that is scared to graduate which is insane because I practically an adult anyhow

 

FIND SOME HELP:

  • Sometimes as a chapter in life is closing, we reflect on things. How we got where we are and where we plan to go. Moving to a different chapter in life can be both exciting and frightening at the same time. Thank you for sharing your story with us at Teen Central.
  • Every state and county has victim service agencies. Type “victim services near me” into a Google search. This can link you to an advocate or counselor near you. Many of these services are free to you. Also, there is a National Sexual Assault Hotline that provides support 24/7 to victims of sexual assault, LGBT-inclusive. Consider contacting 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE) or you can access online counseling at www.rainn.org. If the memories of you past experiences ever becomes too overwhelming, you also can contact the Crisis Textline by texting HELLO to 741741 or calling 1-800-273-8255 for crisis support.
  • Sometimes when you are overwhelmed with emotions about something, it can be helpful to talk about it. Who do you trust to talk to? This may be a close friend, a family member, or a teacher/guidance counselor. Talking about your fears could help and sometimes just having someone listen to us can provide a sense of relief.

WHEN YOU’RE READY:

  • Writing your feelings down can be helpful. Try journaling. You can write about the past, what is currently going on, or what you hope for in the future. If you need additional ideas, CLICK HERE.
  • Because you are about to graduate, now is a perfect time to create some goals. What are your goals or dreams for the future? How will you achieve these goals? Who can help you? Creating a plan or a vision board can help you be successful in your next chapter of life. If you need some inspiration, here’s a link to free downloadable vision board ideas: 31 Free Vision Board Printables to Inspire Your Dreams (developgoodhabits.com).
  • What activities help you cope during stressful times? Check out this Mental Health Toolkit by clicking HERE. This may be calming activities such as deep breathing or yoga . It may an activity that is more active such as aerobic exercise. Or a creative activity like art or music. There are other ideas on the Teen Central website in TOOLS and LEARN if you want to look around. Find something that helps you feel better when you feel scared, overwhelmed, or stressed out.