Read how Teen Lifeline has inspired change and brought hope to our volunteers!
“Teen Lifeline is like a second home to me. I started volunteering to make a difference. I wanted to help those around me who were suffering. However, I also gained a second family in the process. The volunteers and staff at this organization are so incredibly kind to everyone around them. They helped me to feel accepted when I was alone, and by reaching out through Teen Lifeline I hope to do the same for teens all around Arizona.”
“When I first heard about Teen Lifeline, I was a Junior in High School juggling four AP classes and several clubs. After being placed on Academic probation, I joined the hotline in an attempt to boost my resume and get volunteer hours. What I didn’t expect from this was the impact that Teen Lifeline would have on my life. Being surrounded with compassionate staff and amazing Peer Counselors gave me a unique experience that would be impossible to find anywhere else. Similar to many of the teens who call Teen Lifeline, I discovered that I was not alone.”
“Being in a new state, knowing nobody, being home-schooled, 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. “
“Teen lifeline is a place for all. For the callers it’s a safe space to talk about feelings and create solutions to help solve problems. The volunteers who answer these calls are caring and supportive of the decisions of the callers. When I’m not answering calls I’m around those caring people who I’m lucky to call my friends. I go to Teen Lifeline as often as I can not only to help others, but to be around people who want to have a positive impact in the community. In the time I’ve been volunteering I’ve discovered the hardest part of being a volunteer is having to say goodbye at the end of the night.”
“Teen Lifeline has been a life-changing organization for me. When I joined Teen Lifeline during my junior year of high school, I was an incredibly introverted person. I didn’t have the confidence or self-esteem to talk with other people; I had very few friends. Not a year after I joined Teen Lifeline, all of that was almost completely different. I had gained so many friends through Teen Lifeline and had the chance to grow so much that my life would not be the same now if it hadn’t been for Teen Lifeline. I think that is an aspect of Teen Lifeline that a lot of people don’t realize when they hear about the organization. While we do help thousands of teens every year, Teen Lifeline is as life-altering to the teens that volunteer there as much as it is for the teens that call.“
“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.”
“Teen Lifeline is exactly what it says it is. It’s a Lifeline. When someone is struggling or drowning in a sea of stress, they have someone to reach out to for help. But it’s only a Lifeline for those who call in. For the people that volunteer here it is a family. It’s not where I go to see my friends. Teen Lifeline is where I go to spend time with my family, who I know love and care about me. Teen Lifeline means the world to me and I’m sure for some of our callers it means the difference between living and dying. Teen Lifeline is the bee’s knees.”