Below is a list of places you can call when you need help. Don’t ever forget – you don’t have to go through it alone, there is someone out there who wants to help you.
Madison Area Services
2-1-1 is a free call you can make to get information on many types of programs that can help you, including for emergencies, with physical and mental health issues, transportation, food, and shelter.
Wisconsin Victim Resource Center
The Wisconsin Victim Resource Center helps victims of crimes get the help they need. If you are a victims of a crime you can call (800) 446-6564.
If you are deaf and are the victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, call (866) 970-7932.
Girls and Boys Town National Hotline
This hotline is for abused, abandoned, neglected, handicapped, or otherwise troubled children, teens and their family members.
National Crime Victim Helpline
Stalking Resource Center
8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. EST weekdays
This helpline will provide referrals to local services anywhere in the country.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
This hotline is for victimes of domestic violence – violence that occurs in your home or with a family member. They offer crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
National Runaway Switchboard
Counselors provide information and support for teenagers who are thinking of running away, who have a friend who has run away and is looking for help, or who have run away and are ready to go home. This service will send messages home, provide conference call services for calling home, and provide free rides home for runaway teens.
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Calls are anonymously connected to the nearest community rape crisis center. Services include crisis counseling, information about medical issues, recovery, emergency services, and other community resources. Online hotline available at https://ohl.rainn.org/online.rainn.org.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline
Calls are anonymously routed to the nearest crisis center for crisis intervention, information and mental health referrals. Services are available to anyone who is considering suicide, or family members and friends concerned about a loved one.
National Teen Dating Hotline
Online Chat: 4pm – 2am CST
Counselors provide information, safety planning, and support to those involved in or think they may be involved in dating abuse relationships.
Online help from law enforcement officers and volunteers. The Web site features information on cybercrime, safety, and security for children and teens. Services include an online self-help resource for responding to and reporting cyberstalking, cyberbullying, and cyberabuse.
Summer has just begun, but if you’ve already been to the movies, and the pool, and the mall, what else is there to do? You would be surprised at how many fun things there are to do around Madison in the summer, and they don’t involve a lot of money! For example (click on the underlined words to be directed to their websites):
- Geocaching – Never heard of it? According to the “official” website, geocaching is “a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game.” All you have to have is a GPS-enabled device, create a free account to get coordinates of the caches (or “treasures”) in your area, and set out on your hunt. To find out more information, check out the Geocaching website.
- Wingra Park – This park is a great place to hang out and have some fun! There are basketball courts and soccer nets, food and snacks are sold, you can rent canoes or paddle boats to take out on the water, and it’s not far off the bike path! To find out more check out their website.
- Museums – Most people have heard of the Madison Children’s Museum, but did you know there are many other museums in Madison? Why not check out the Geology Museum, Veteran’s Museum, Historical Museum, Chazen Museum of Art, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, UW-Zoological Museum, or the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection (which is currently moving and re-opening in 2012, but they have a great web site and collection of fabrics).
- Madison Public Library – The library isn’t just for checking out books! The Madison Public Library has a lot of great activities for girls in middle and high school, including getting free advanced copies of books by joining the Teen’s Choice Awards, and participating in projects such as making blankets for animals at the Humane Society, and making goodie bags for verteran’s. Check out the website section specifically set up for activities for teens!
Have you found a “secret” fun thing to do around Madison this summer? If so, tell us about it by leaving a comment above!