Handling Hard Times

The day-to-day life of a teenager can be stressful and emotional. But turning to tobacco isn’t the solution—it will only add to your problems. You can handle stress without using tobacco.

Squash Stress

Different things can make teens feel stressed out. Maybe it’s classes, activities, social situations, or not knowing your plans after high school or college. Maybe your job takes time away from school and sports. Or it’s pressure from parents, teachers, and coaches to do well. Using tobacco isn’t the answer. It can make things worse. See how stress can trigger an urge to smoke, and learn ways to reduce stress without using tobacco.

Beat Bad Moods

Many teens experience intense emotions and frequent ups and downs as a normal part of growing up. There are reasons why this may be happening—physical changes, trying to create a unique identity, becoming more independent from your parents, or taking on more responsibilities. Learn how you can deal with bad moods in healthy ways.

Teens who are exposed to nicotine are at higher risk for mood disorders, like depression.

Getting Help

If you’re feeling depressed or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or dying, talk to your doctor or a medical professional. With help, teens can overcome these difficult times and lead happy and healthy lives. Get the facts on depression.

24/7 Crisis Help

If you need help now, call a 24-hour crisis center at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) for free, private help, or dial 911.

Sometimes people who are feeling depressed think about hurting themselves or dying. If you or someone you know is having these feelings, get help now.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)—a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—runs both crisis centers. For more information visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.

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