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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

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Teen Lifeline is provides a valuable services to the community through the training of teens to become peer counselors,fielding calls from teens to help them find answers to challenges they are facing and providing outreach to schools across the state. As a board member I have heard many positive stories about the impact Teen Lifeline has had on the lives of the young people touched by the organization. I am continually impressed by the work the staff and volunteers do in order to make a difference in teens lives.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Teen Lifeline serves an important role in the Arizona community. In addition to the crisis hotline, they provide community outreach services for prevention, education, and postvention.

When a teen feels like they have no other options, TL gives them someone to talk to. The organization is one of only a handful in the country that has teen peer volunteers staffing a crisis hotline. The impact of this is tremendous as it allows Arizona teens to feel like they're talking with someone who relates to them, not "just an adult" who "doesn't understand" them.

Teen Lifeline is truly a special organization, providing invaluable experience to its volunteers and, even more importantly, saving the lives of Arizona teens on a regular basis.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a proud board member of Teen Lifeline for a couple years. I was introduced to Teen Lifeline as a vendor and was given a tour by one of the teens. The professionalism and knowledge of the teenager giving the tour was so impressive and it was shocking to hear the statistics of teenagers that have considered suicide. Teen Lifeline’s peer counselors and staff genuinely care about the teens they are talking too and are committed to helping them get help with their problems.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a new Board Member for Teen Lifeline, I'm impressed with the organizational commitment to teen suicide prevention. The leadership team is visionary, caring, and committed to reaching more teens with the message of hope through peer to peer hotline support. The agency is lean, efficient, and transparent with their resources. The Counselors and teen leaders are empowered to make a difference! As a public high school principal, I'm thrilled these resources are available to our young people!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Teen Lifeline is an inspiring life changing organization that strives to touch as many teens as possible. The staff and the trained Peer Counselors are among the most caring and compassionate people who give endlessly. Teen Lifeline provides resources to teens who feel like they have nothing or no one. Teen Lifeline spreads awareness and offers assistance to those in need, and to those who may need in the future. Knowing there is an organization like Teen Lifeline makes me feel hopeful for all who feel alone and are in crisis.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Teen Lifeline serves an important role in the Phoenix community and beyond. Through the work of experienced employees and well-trained teen counselors, they provide support to teens in crisis. The teen years can be challenging and parents can't always help. Peer-to-peer counseling has proven to be very effective. The goal of Teen Lifeline is to be a resource for every teen that needs help. Their outreach program is also a very effective way of increasing awareness of this valuable resource. Great work is being done by this organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Teen LIfeline is an eye-opening, life-saving organization that helps teenagers through difficult times. It serves as a helpful reminder that life will get better and that all problems can be worked through. The staff and personal put 110% into helping others. This is truly a wonderful group and something all teenagers should know about. Life dishes many unfair road blocks, and it's important to know that you are not alone and that problems can be solved. Teen Lifeline shares choices and options with those who are struggling. More than anything, Teen Lifeline lends an ear to listen and talk through the issues.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The peer to peer concept, where teens talk to teens, makes Teen Lifeline a unique and outstanding organization tackling the painful issue of teenage suicide.
Offering an opportunity to talk, a moment where someone listens who may have the right distance to the problems a caller feels he cannot stand anymore, can be decisive for a decision about life and death.
The teens engaged in Teen Lifeline are highly committed to the mission and deliver outstanding support to their unknown peers on the other line of the phone.

Communities cannot tolerate the issue of teenage suicide inside their boundaries. Supporting the mission of Teen Lifeline appears to be a no brainer for community leaders in private and public sector.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first learned about Teen Lifeline through a customer who was involved as an Advisory Board member and invited me to attend the organization's Crystal Ball event. While I was not able to attend, I took the opportunity to research Teen Lifeline and ultimately wanted to learn more. After taking a tour of the facility and meeting some of the passionate employees and teen volunteers, I ultimately decided that Teen Lifeline was a group I wanted to get involved with. It is an organization that tackles an extremely tough issue (teen suicide) that has plagued the state of Arizona at an alarming rate. By educating and empowering teens to make sound decisions, Teen Lifeline is truly saving the lives of Arizona's teens. In addition, the organization runs extremely lean and I feel that the infrastructure allows Board Members to be actively involved and influential in how the organization operates.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was a board member from 2001 to 2007. Teen Lifeline is unique in that it provides the teen volunteers with life-changing skills that they can share with their peers that call in for help. Teen Lifeline touches kids and their families at the deepest level. The organization reaches people with no regard for economic status, lifestyle choices or race. What an awesome organization!