Response Responds

Response Center’s blog for teens

Response Responds is your place for in-depth information and advice on the issues most important to you, from sex to mental health to relationships to gender identity. We’ll also update you on the latest Response Center news and events.

Queer Teens Connect: LGBTQ+ Teen Support Group

JCFS is formulating a support group, Queer Teens Connect, for teens between 15-17 years-old who identify as LGBTQ+. The purpose of this group is to provide a safe and constructive space to explore the issues confronting teens in the context of healthy peer relationships.

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JCFS Empowers Teens to Make Healthy Life Choices

Given the variety of changes and uncertainties facing a normal teenager, anxious feelings or worries are common. However, for some teenagers, anxiety becomes a chronic state of mind and can interfere with their daily life. Therapists at JCFS’s Response Center for Teens provide a safe, comfortable environment where teens can express their feelings and learn to manage their emotions.

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How to Support Someone with an Eating Disorder During the Holidays

Oh, the holidays. They can be filled with joy and excitement … or stress and frustration … or all of those things at once. For people with eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating, this time of year can be particularly upsetting. Constant exposure to lots of food and lots of people can raise great fears and challenges.

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Giving Tuesday

Please consider supporting us with your donation, time or other resources on this Giving Tuesday and beyond.

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Thinking about Coming Out? Here’s Some Advice

October 11th is National Coming Out Day, a time to celebrate anyone who announces their LGBTQ identity. Coming out takes courage, pride, and self-esteem. For some, it is a joyful experience, filled with support and acceptance from family and friends. For others, it can be scary or even risky.

If you’re thinking about coming out as LGBTQ, here are some things that may help make it a safe and positive experience...

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Teen Transgender Film Sheds Light on LGBTQ Movement

A grandmother shared with Jewish parents, families and community members that she and her family are grappling with questions about whether or not their grandchild may someday identify as transgender; her 11-year-old granddaughter has connected with traditional masculine traits and behaviors since age four.

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1 in 10: Learning to Recognize Signs of Teen Dating Violence

By Betsy Lazerow, JCARES Outreach Coordinator

Your 13 year-old may appear to be completely absorbed in math club, sports and preparing for his or her Bar/Bat Mitzvah – but 89% of 13 to 18 year-olds say they’re in or have had a dating relationship, according to a Children Now/Kaiser Permanente poll.

US government statistics reveal that 1 in 10 Illinois teens was a victim of physical abuse by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year, so it’s not too early to have a conversation about healthy relationships. The first people most teens will turn to when they are being abused are their friends – but JCFS wants you to know what parents and community members can do to help prevent teen dating violence and abuse.

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