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Live Outside the San Francisco Bay Area?
This site, www.pamf.org/teen, has information on a wide variety of health concerns. Many of the web pages also include links to additional information on other web sites. If you are looking for information on a specific topic, try the Search box at the top of the page.
If you live outside the San Francisco Bay Area, here are some suggestions to help you find local resources in your city or county.
Crisis or Hotline Numbers
The "Need Help Fast" page on this web site lists many toll-free, 24-hour numbers and web sites. Many of these provide information and referrals to help you find local agencies.
Most U.S. telephone books have a special section in the front called "government pages." These pages are often blue in color, to help distinguish them from the yellow and white page sections. To find health-oriented resources, look in the county section of these blue pages.
Most counties have a Department of Health and Human Services. Sometimes it is called just Health Department. Sometimes there is a Mental Health department that is listed separately. Most counties have a main telephone number that you can call to find out which is the correct agency to help you with your concern. Some cities also have health departments.
Many local libraries keep lists of community agencies that provide various services. If your library does not have such a list, they can help you search for appropriate agencies on the internet.
You can use an internet search engine to find local government departments and services. Many government home pages have site searches to further help you. For example, if you live in Dallas County, a fast way to find Dallas County's home page is to type "Dallas County" into the search engine. Be sure to include the quote marks in your search string.
If you want to find the Health Department in Dallas County, try searching for "Dallas County" "Health Department."