Teen Lifeline began in 1986 as a Peer Counseling Suicide Hotline for youth in Arizona, but since then we’ve grown into so much more! Check out a sneak peek of our programs below and follow the links to learn more about each one!
The hotline assists troubled youth throughout the state of Arizona and nationwide. The hotline is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, with Peer Counseling and our new text messaging service available from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. daily. In 2016, Teen Lifeline launched a new texting service, where teens can receive the same support they would on the hotline, but also through text messaging. Both are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL with all our trained Peer Counselors supervised by a Master’s level clinician at all times.
Over the years, calls on the hotline have steadily increased. Last year, the hotline received more than 19,000 calls and texts from teens in crisis. One in every three calls was from a teen thinking about giving up!
Call or text 602-248-8336 (TEEN).
Life Skills Development
Interested teens across the valley go through Teen Lifeline’s proprietary training. All Peer Counselors receive at least 72 hours of life skills training and are individually cleared to begin serving on the hotline. This training is conducted in 3 phases and covers a variety of topics. Training is both didactic and experiential to enhance learning and group cohesion. More than 1,500 Peer Counselors have participated in this training. The average length of volunteerism among our Peer Counselors is three years.
Community Education and Prevention Services
Through our Community Education and Prevention Services program, Teen Lifeline is able to reach over 60,000 people every year! Our presentations not only spread our name and hotline number, but also educate the community on important issues. These presentations adhere to best practice standards in suicide prevention and employ proven prevention strategies. Presentations include education on suicide prevention, bullying, stress, coping and grief. These efforts go from middle schools and high schools to corporations or anyone who works directly with youth.