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Teen Lifeline Inc

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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 22,000 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 2016, Teen Lifeline renewed their Crisis Intervention Program Certification through the American Association of Suicidology. In 2003, we were 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 adhere to current, nationally recognized best practices standards of care, training and a commitment to quality improvement.

Results: In 2017, Teens Lifeline received more than 20,000 calls and 1,200 texts through the crisis hotline, an increase of 13% from 2016. This demonstrates that peer counseling continues to be a critical tool for troubled youth in Arizona. Our Community Education program reached nearly 115,000 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 148 schools, 18 community and youth-based organizations, 3 corporate business, and 9 conferences. Teen Lifeline trained 69 new teen volunteers bringing our total to 98 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 workshops for adults on what to do if you believe a teen is suicidal. Most workshops are free of charge.

Community Stories

122 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Teen lifeline is a wonderful resource and all of the staff is incredibly helpful and insightful.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I'm continually amazed by the passion for helping teens in crisis that is demonstrated by the volunteers and staff at Teen Lifeline. I've personally provided the phone number to several teens and parents, and know they will be in good hands when they call.

I'm grateful such a service to help teens exists in our community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I cannot thank or praise the crew at Teen Lifeline enough for the countless hours they have invested in our students and the countless more we have them booked for! Hands down an AMAZING RESOURCE!!!!!!!! Thank you guys! A very extra special thank you to Stephanie and Morgan for all they have done and continue to do! RMHS loves you!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a donor and former volunteer with this organization. Volunteering here as a teen led me down the path of psychology and mental health work. I valued each bit of time I spent at TLL. The supervisors were fantastic role models, being a peer counselor was incredibly empowering and life-changing. Teen Lifeline will always hold a special place in my heart because it truly changed my life. The people who run with organization are so committed to the cause and put their passion into their work with teens on outreach, volunteers, and the callers. They protocols are best practices based on sound evidence. They are a model for many other organizations. They're wonderful and deserve all the best!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization, run by amazing people, doing great work in the community. We need more organizations like Teen Lifeline.

Corey M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Teen lifeline offers an array of helpful tools for teens that were not very prevelant when I was going to school. They are revolutionizing the way help is being offered! Would recommend this option to anyone that was willing to use it!

Stacy B.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Teen Lifeline is amazing! They truly save lives. Each year that I have attended their Connections of Hope event, I am more and more impressed with the way they are changing lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of being involved with Teen Lifeline as board members since the late 1990s. Each year, I am more and more impressed with the amazing things this organization can accomplish with a small but mighty staff working on a non-profit budget.

However, most striking is seeing first hand the truly life-changing impact they have on the teens on both ends of the phone - those seeking help and the teens who volunteer their time and talents to become peer counselors.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing charity not only because they save young lives, but the way they do it they grow young lives too. Very cost effective and they manage growth as social media has them expand their role beyond AZ. This is one of our top tier charities.

Donor

Rating: 5

This non profit is doing amazing things and saving young teens and expanding across the country! Keep up the great work and inspiring others!

Donor

Rating: 5

they're a true nonprofit bettering our community. i am very happy to donate to such a great cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

Just one visit to this well run non-profit is all it took to be very impressed and I've been back a few more times. To listen to the teen volunteers is so inspiring. High school students who convey a wisdom and compassion that is extremely humbling. I simply love all this organization is about and accomplishes!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Teen Lifeline for 2 years and during that time, I have seen how dedicated the staff, volunteers, donors and Board are to the mission. The organization continues to grow with metrics that directly impact teen suicide prevention. It's a pleasure to be part of a well-run non profit that has such tremendous support and the opportunity to widen our reach with the goal of saving lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a current Board Member and former school administrator, I am thankful for this organization's commitment to excellence and passion to help our young people all across the state!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a middle school principal, I have been very appreciative of the resources and support provided by Teen Lifeline. My school district partnered with Teen Lifeline by providing contact information to all our middle and high school students on the back of student ID's. By doing so, all of our students have access to Teen Lifeline resources and support at all times. It's impossible to know how many lives have been saved, but it's comforting to know our kids have the additional support and expertise available 24 hours a day.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a lifesaving organization! Absolutely amazing nonprofit.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experiences with teen life line have been nothing short of inspiring. They are an amazing group of people from the volunteers to the full time employees. AZ is better for having them located here.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do great work for the community and their preventative team is life changing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Teen Lifeline helped me through a very tough time in life. I don't know where I would be without all of the kind and caring staff and volunteers.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a great organization with an amazing mission! This is the kind of organization were the impact is felt throughout the community and it's incredible to see how much they do to help our local teens. Keep rocking TL!