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.
In 2012, Jennifer Collins and I co-chaired the Teen Lifeline Connections to Hope gala, and were so pleased to tell the story of this great organization. What we found was a fantastic, knowledgable, committed executive director with great vision and every day common sense. We meet incredible teens who took the time to learn skills that ultimately save lives on the phone. We found an organization that is run on a shoe-string providing world-class service and support. It was a pleasure to raise money for Teen Lifeline as we know how the money is spent...prudently and strategically. Additionally, we have seen first hand the impact this organization has had in the community with teen that we know and teens we'll never meet. They are all the same in our eyes and we are grateful that Teen Lifeline is in our community serving our teems who deserve a listening ear and strategies for coping for life's challenges. Thank you Teen Lifeline!
While recently trying to gain support for Teen Lifeline from a local business here in Arizona, I was confronted with a challenge. This particular business serves teens and their parents and were concerned about the perceived negative affect of trying to create an association between Teen Lifeline and their customers around the issue of suicide. They could see the great value that Teen Lifeline brings, but were challenged with speaking about such a negative topic.
I was more than happy to share with this business owner that Teen Lifeline is about LIFE, and about providing a safe opportunity for teens to share their struggles with a fellow peer, learn about resources and take healthy steps to feel better. I assured the business owner that, through my experiences with Teen Lifeline, that this is not about suicide but about saving and changing lives.
And, I have seen lives changed. Not only the lives of the teens who call with a variety of crisis and struggles, but the lives of the teen councilors themselves, the lives of the adult clinicians, the lives of the volunteers and the lives of the supporters. Teen Lifeline is an organization that is connecting people and creating unmeasurable results.
I am often thanked by the executive director, a board member, or a teen volunteer for my support, whether it is that of cash sponsorship, in-kind service or participation, and I am quick to reply - "There is nothing that I could possibly do that comes anywhere close to the value of what the teens of Teen Lifeline do everyday." There is no one organization in our community that affects so many lives as does Teen Lifeline. It is with great respect and honor that I share this review.