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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 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

116 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

Alicia at Teen Lifeline has gone above and beyond to support and educate students at our school in Mesa, Arizona. She has dedicated countless days and hours to present to our students and we continue to receive positive feedback from students, staff, and families in our community. The teen support line that Teen Lifeline provides has proved to be a valuable resource to our student population. I would highly recommend that more high schools partner with Teen Lifeline and educate their students about suicide prevention.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being in a new state, knowing nobody, being homeschooled, and living your life alone for over a year was an extremely difficult thing I had to go through. I felt completely alone, but then I found Teen Lifeline. I not only now get to help others, but I was able to help myself. When I first started, I was lonely, quiet, and scared. Teen Lifeline helped me break out of my shell and become the person I am today. Now, I'm as happy as I've ever been, surrounded by amazing people that I can call my friends. Not only that, but every single day I get to make a change. I get to be there for others and give them the help, support, and confidence that I wish I had gotten. Not a day goes by where I don't think about how lucky I am to have found such an incredible place.


1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Two years ago I had no idea what a coping skill was and that having one could save a life. Teen Lifeline is a place where I can be myself in a room full of teenagers who are just as much misfits in their worlds as I am in mine. I leave school every day feeling as if I haven't made a difference in anyone's lives. I transfer from class to class barely speaking because it seems as if my voice and opinions are not needed. After school I go to Teen Lifeline and find myself smiling and acting silly as if that is how I was acting all day. My personality has been transformed into a confident young adult since I joined the Teen Lifeline community. The welcoming atmosphere of the hotline brings out my true personality. I get to be the person I truly am. I love it here.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son was a volunteer counselor in HS and he chose to study 'behavioral health' in college. This was about 8 yrs ago. I'm proud to say his experience at teen lifeline was a positive plus in his life to help others in need❤️

2

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!

1

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

With the pressure and stress kids feel today, Teen Lifeline serves a vital role in our state and nation. The training and support they provide to their teen volunteers is outstanding and life changing. I have seen the services they provide educate parents about how to recognize critical signs, literally saving the lives of their children. Not only does Teen Lifeline help individuals who call the hot line, it also helps those who know and love teens whether they are parents, teachers, coaches or friends. I'm so grateful for Teen Lifeline!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son volunteered as a peer counselor at Teen Lifeline during his high school years. Little did I know that his service there would serve him just as well during his tenure and now into his twenties. I know that he loved going there and helping other teens each week. He also made some wonderful friends with the other counselors and staff there. I saw the difference it made in his life to connect with other teens and know he was making a difference. I believe wholeheartedly in the organization and the work that it does each day to help the young people in our community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a active volunteer for Teen Lifeline from my freshman year in High School (1994) till years after I graduated. It was such an amazing experience in my life. I started with the intentions of helping others, not realizing how much of a positive influence it would have on my own life! Learning communication and life skills I still use in my daily life over 21 years later! TLL is an amazing organiztion that has touched so many lives! I am so proud to have been a part of it!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization dedicated to a great cause. I volunteered with them from 2006-2009 and it was a fantastic exprience all together. I would highly recommend them on either end, to teens calling in or twens looking to volunteer.

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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.

1

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!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about Teen Lifeline in 2013, much later than I wish I would have because I think this organization would have done wonders for me when I was a teen and struggling with depression. It would have been nice knowing I could have called and spoken to someone my age sympathetic to what I was going through. What they do at Teen Lifeline is important: it saves lives and their presence needs to be more widespread and well-known. I made it out of my teens thankfully, but somewhere, right now, a teen is struggling and this place is there to help them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Teen lifeline is absolutely fantastic! They do great work that is crucial to the betterment of today's youth. Teen lifeline is dedicated to providing a service that no one else provides. Great people. Great work. Great organizing.

2 Tristan P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Teen Lifeline is a truly amazing and life-changing organization. I have been a Peer Counselor for more than a year and have learned more than I could ever have dreamed about working with other people, talking and listening effectively, and most of all, I have learned a lot about myself. Teen Lifeline is such a gift both to the teens who call the hotline and those who pick up the phone on the other end! It is my place to come and share the difficult things going on in my life, as well as a lifeline for teens out there who do feel alone; the hotline can be their connection to hope and many times even saves lives. I am so grateful for Teen Lifeline and the important role they play in their community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Teen Lifeline for almost a year and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. Teen Lifeline is an amazing organization that reaches out to teens who don't feel like they have anything to hold onto. It amazes me each time I see how many calls Teen Lifeline has taken, how many people it has helped. Volunteering at Teen Lifeline gave me a sense of what it means to be a person and what it means to help another. In addition to this, the environment at Teen Lifeline is a loving one full of caring, considerate people.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Teen Lifeline for 10 years. Thru all of those years, I've played a role in working on their annual major fund raising event as a paid consultant. After the first year or two, it was imperative that I take on a new role ... that of a donor. The organization was grass-roots, in the truest and stellar sense of the word. The board members were committed and worked in whatever role was needed to make the organization thrive. As the years passed, the support from the community grew and the scope of the work of Teen Lifeline was expanded to be more wide-spread, efficient, and life-changing. The chance to meet some of the young people that donate their time, to be trained and then be peer counselors, is enriching and rewarding to me.... these are our leaders of tomorrow and they are learning the attributes that will make them prosperous members of our community that know the meaning of "giving back." I've been honored to be part of the Teen Lifeline 'extended family' and will continue for as long as they will have me!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a gift during my teenage years to have learned to actively listen, to ask questions in difficult situations, and to feel empowered by helping other teens. Those few years in high school, volunteering at Teen Lifeline as a Peer Counselor, prepared me for nearly everything that came next in life. I am so thankful that I was able to be a part of such a transformative organization; one that impacts so many lives and changed mine. My time as a volunteer provided me with skills, that have helped me build relationships and resolve conflicts, improving nearly every aspect of my life and that I use every day. Because of my experience with Teen Lifeline, I know that connecting with another person begins with really listening to them and that inaction can cost someone their life.

1 Luis B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Teen Lifeline is an amazing organizations letting teens, both the ones that call the hotline and volunteer here, find ways to cope with their problems in a good, healthy, and, sometimes, new way. Through this organization I have been able to learn a lot about the person that I am, why I am that way, and the person that I want to be. I have learned many skills that I know I wouldn't have learned otherwise, or at least not at this young age. Teen Lifeline, additionally, is able to create a real, direct change in the community. We are able to reach directly into the homes of teens in crisis and help them on a one-on-one basis. I don't think my life, and the lives of thousands of teens throughout this organization's history, simply wouldn't be the same.