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April 10, 2009

What's On Your Mind?

This Extra Ink was written by Betsy C.

This is a tough time of year for lots of teens--and sometimes it seems like nobody will stop offering advice on how to make it better! We've even been guilty of advice-mongering on Extra Ink from time to time. But don't you wish you could get advice from other teenagers, maybe in a supportive online forum where you can talk about all the stuff that's stressing you out?

Check out OnYourMind.net. It's an all-teen support center, with chat forums that take you a little more seriously than typical social networking sites. According to On Your Mind's homepage, "you can talk about anything that's on your mind, including relationships, school, depression, stress, suicide, friends, parents, cutting, identity, and health." On Your Mind is a project of the YFES Crisis Intervention and Suicide prevention center, but this site is just for teenagers. You know we love that at Teen Ink. Sure, it can be great to talk with understanding adults, but no one really gets what you're going through like someone who's going through the exact same thing.

If you want your worries to be taken seriously, or if you want to talk with peers who will listen, give On Your Mind a try.

And that's all the advice you'll get from me this week.

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