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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Counseling, Hot Lines & Crisis Intervention, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Mission: Teen Lifeline was established in 1986 to impact the devastating problem of teen suicide through a free, confidential, peer supported hotline and life skills development that empowers Arizona's youth to reach their full potential. The core of Teen Lifeline is its Peer Counseling Hotline which provides troubled youth throughout Arizona the opportunity to access immediate help from a Peer Counselor 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Teen Lifeline is the only Peer Counseling Hotline in Arizona and one of only 32 nation-wide. Each year, Teen Lifeline receives more than 12,000 calls for help from youth ranging in age from 8 to 22. Calls are answered by Peer Counselors who receive a minimum of 72 hours of training and are supervised at all times by a master's level behavioral health clinician. The training and staff support allow these volunteers to confidently help other teens resolve problems ranging from school problems and relationship issues to suicide, dating violence, and being a victim of abuse. By providing a free, confidential service, which is available to address any issues that a teen may be facing, Teen Lifeline helps prevent unresolved problems from leading a youth to consider suicide as an option. In October 2003, Teen Lifeline received Crisis Intervention Program Certification through the American Association of Suicidology and was the first peer counseling hotline to receive such certification. One of the core values of AAS is that every citizen has the basic right to necessary assistance in life threatening or other crises. This value reflects the basic philosophy that an active intervention must be done in life threatening situations. AAS certification assures the community that the services provided by Teen Lifeline adheres to current, nationally recognized best practices standards of care, training and a commitment to quality improvement.

Results: In 2013, Teens Lifeline received 12,757 hotline calls, an increase of 10.3% from 2012. This demonstrates that peer counseling continues to be a critical tool for troubled youth in Arizona. Our Community Education program reached over 36,000 people, providing awareness, education and prevention within the community focusing on various teen issues such as teen suicide, depression and grief. We provided services in 147 schools, 31 community and youth based organizations, 6 corporate business, and 9 conferences. Teen Lifeline has trained 73 new teen volunteers bringing our total to 106 active ten volunteers. All Teen Lifeline Peer Counselors complete the Life Skills Development Program before they can answer any calls.

Target demographics: Youth in Arizona.

Geographic areas served: State of Arizona.

Programs: The peer-to-peer hotline is a 24-hour hotline where teens can call to talk to teens and they can help each other make healthy decisions. Our Life Skills Development program trains the teens to answer the hotline, as well as teaches them skills such as communication, listening and problem-solving (along with other skills) that they will use throughout their lives. Our Community Outreach and Education program teaches teens how to deal with suicide and depression, grief and loss, stress and coping, and bullying. We also have presentations for adults on what to do if you believe a teen is suicidal. Most presentations are free of charge.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organization & incredible team! Such a great cause.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Teen Lifeline has been there for me, as an educator/prevention specialist who works with youth leaders and with youth at high risk for self-harm. I have worked with Teen lifeline for over 20 years in the Phoenix/Maricopa County area. They have responded to requests to help me train peer leaders in suicide prevention and intervention at two districts in the Maricopa County area. They have also assisted me and the schools, for which I have coordinated crisis response, when we have had the terrible experience of having student(s) complete suicide. Teen Lifeline has willingly worked with the administrators of schools to help them to create a recovery plan in the aftermath of completed suicide. They have also been willing to transport their peer leaders to present with me at depression and suicide prevention professional development training sessions and conferences. They have always responded positively to my requests for brochures and cards to hand out to staff and students and to set up a display table at conferences that I am coordinating. The directors, staff and peer leaders of Teen Lifeline are always professional and personal in their response to my needs and requests. I am thrilled that a former student that I worked with will be a BS social work intern at Teen Lifeline this school year and know that she will learn to "pay it forward".

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a great resource for our tweens, teens, and families today! It is a wonderful tool to be able to offer the community that I work in.
It is always beneficial to have information for parents, to help teens work through pressing issues, help create some needed coping skills, and know there is always someone for them to turn to.
I am looking forward to working with them again this school year.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Teen Lifeline Inc. volunteer program is phenomenal! The training, support, organization is an excellent life skill for high school aged teens. Adolescence is a tough time, and often adults forget that each hour teens are faced with choices, decisions, and conflict. Teen Lifeline not only provides support for those teens in need of support, but an opportunity for teens to volunteer and get real life experiences and life enhancing skills. I recommend this agency to any teen that is interested in volunteering for an agency that trains teens to be confident, informed, positive role models in a safe and supportive community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Teen Lifeline has powerfully impacted my school and students for over 5 years! Through the educational expertise of Alicia Celis, I have learned to be a more effective listener and first responder for a student in crisis. Teen Lifeline has presented the Teen Depression/Suicide 50-minute curricula and each time 2-3 students come forward with serious emotional concerns that otherwise may have gone unresolved. For example, a 9th Grade student broke down in tears and confessed that she had been using an unprescribed substance to self medicate because she was in an abusive relationship. She received the supportive counseling that she needed and later stated that "the Teen Lifeline presentation saved my life." That particular student went on to become a Teen Lifeline Hotline Volunteer and is currently studying psychology at Arizona State University. I am impressed and very thankful for the Teen Lifeline Organization and the positive impact it has on our school community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Teen Lifeline is such a fantastic program. Not only does it help teens who call in, there are parent and community resources as well. Peers who work the phone lines learn invaluable skills that translate outside of the Teen Lifeline environment, encouraging communication that is effective and meaningful.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Teen Life Line (TLL), since its inception in 1986. Over the past 28 years TLL has been a leader in suicide prevention. Having both a "Warm" line and a "Hot" line manned by youth and young adults and supervised by Master's Level counselors requires extensive and high quality training. The training provided to the peer counselors is ongoing and addresses the most critical elements of intervention. It meets and exceeds the Standards of Care for accreditation with the American Association of Suicidology. As a propfessional counselor with 40 years experience in the helping profession, I have referred countless teens to TLL for support as well as those interested in becoming a peer counselor. The longevity of the staff and peer counselors working at TLL is a tribute to the passion, professionalism, and dedication to helping youth survive and thrive. Teens throughout the entire state of Arizona have been helped by this excellent organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Michelle Moorhead, Executive Director of Teen Lifeline in Phoenix is an expert in the non-profit arena. Her ability to transcend knowledge regarding non-profit management has helped to develop and fine-tune many individuals into effective leaders.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Very professional organization. Excellent volunteer program. Involved and engaged board of directors. Excellent staff. Very quality service.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Teen LIfeline's mission is to provide a safe, confidential and crucial crisis service where teens help teens make healthy decisions, and they do exactly this. Though a relatively small organization, they have an incredibly big heart, and they have dedicated themselves to serving the state of Arizona for the past 26 years, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. In current times of economic difficulties, as resources are being cut left and right, the services they provide are more important than ever before. Suicide is a public health issue for Arizona and Teen Lifeline is a key player in statewide prevention efforts. I have personally worked closely with several key staff members at this organization, and know them to be personally committed, consummate professionals. They give their time to be involved and to lend expertise not only on the issue, but also to help build capacity of our statewide coalition. When funding was drastically cut at the statewide level, this organization stepped in to fill the void and to partner with hospitals to ensure individuals who were in need of crisis services would not fall through the cracks. They work closely with law enforcement, schools, and systems, providing training and support. They are an invaluable resource and voice for youth.