It all started with Molly Ringwald and Zach Galligan in a 1985 made-for-tv movie called Surviving. It was the first time teen suicide had been discussed on a national level, and the film kick-started the notion that something needed to be done.
Enter Teen Lifeline in 1986.
The concept was simple. Studies had shown teens first turn to other teens to talk about their problems. So, Teen Lifeline set out to train teens aged 15-19 to take calls and provide hope and help to their peers.
Now in our 30th year, our mission has remained unchanged; to provide a safe, confidential, and crucial crisis service where teens help teens make healthy decisions together. Our vision? To prevent teen suicide.
It has been with the tremendous support from our community that we have been able to grow and reach hundreds of thousands of teens across the state of Arizona.
YOUR support helped build a peer-to-peer crisis hotline that provides 24/7 service with Peer Counseling from 3-9pm every. single. day.
YOUR continued commitment has helped Peer Counselors save over 175,000 lives! We’ve been able to reach over HALF A MILLIONpeople throughout Arizona with our prevention messaging through schools and other youth organizations.
YOU have truly become part of the “connection of hope”.
And 2016 is shaping up to be our biggest year yet!
Not only are we expanding our 602 number to include a texting service but we are also excited to be expanding our Community Ed department! This year we’ll be able to provide better coverage in reaching communities in Northern and Southern Arizona. (We’ll have more details on this expansion soon!)
So, as we reflect on 30 years of help and hope, we want to thank YOU! Your support matters. Whether it’s donations, volunteering, holding those 3rd party fundraisers, or simply sharing our message on social media – together we’re bringing hope to our children.