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Teens Helping Teens
TEENline is a hotline for teens staffed by teen volunteers. The line offers non-judgmental active listening, crisis intervention, and information about local and national resources. Teens volunteer their time with TEENline because they care about helping their peers. The volunteers don't have all the answers, but are willing to listen and can help brainstorm solutions. They are regular people trained to listen with respect. Click on this link if you are interested in becoming a TEENline volunteer. Teens answer the phones Monday through Friday from 5 pm to 9 pm. After these hours, a CRISISline worker will be there any time--day or night! TEENline and CRISISline are free and confidential services available to anyone at any time. Learn more about mental health resources for teens and young adults.
ParentsWhen a child/teen is depressed or threatening suicide:
It can be scary watching anyone feel depressed or threaten suicide. When it is a child that you care for, it is devastating and overwhelming. Listed below are a few things to keep in mind:
It is important to take any threats of suicide seriously. In 2009, the third leading cause of death for individuals 10-24 was suicide. 13.8 percent of teens report having seriously considered attempting suicide in the last year and 6.3 percent report having attempted during that time. However, youth suicide is often preventable. Saving lives involves promotion of mental health and help seeking as well as support to youth in crisis. TEENline offers a venue for peers to listen in an unbiased way and promote mental health.
Depression is a mental illness often associated and correlated with suicidal ideation. Teens experiencing depression display hopelessness, irritability, fearfulness, loss of interest in activities, and a change in eating and sleeping habits. Unique characteristics of teen depression are angry mood, aches and pains, sensitivity to criticism, and withdrawal from some - but not all - people.
If you know a child or youth who is feeling depressed or threatening suicide, try to sit down with them and listen to what they have to say. Don't judge or tell them what to do- just listen and acknowledge what they are feeling. Let them know you care.
After you have fully listened, talk with that child about getting help. Having their cooperation best insures that they will be able and willing to get the help they need. You or your child/teen can call TEENline (864)-467-TEEN(8336) or click here for resources.
Interested in having a suicide prevention class for your classroom or teen group?
Whatever you're struggling with, we'd like to help.
We hear you.We provide you with a list of organizations, web sites and people you can visit or call. It's up to you to get started, though. Sometimes life's pressures can seem overwhelming. If you know where to go and who to turn to, you'll get through everything just fine. We hear you.
Call us at 864-467-8336 and we can guide you through finding the right resources to get you started on the right path. Don't wait.
"I don't want to live anymore." "I want to go to sleep and never wake up."
"After tomorrow it will all be over."
However they say it, hearing a friend or peer threaten suicide is scary. You may not know what to do to help them. You may not be sure if you should tell someone else or if that betrays your friend's trust. TEENline is here for you.
Here are a few tips and pointers:
Take every threat seriously. You may be that one person your friend feels he or she can talk to. Teens are at high risk for suicide, so it is important not to ignore threats or joke around about them. If you are comfortable, try to sit down and talk with your friend about what they are feeling. You can be the listening ear they need during this difficult time.
Don't judge them, but put yourself in their shoes. Let them know that you hear how they are feeling. Let them know how concerned you are and how much you care. See if there is a trusted adult your friend might talk to who would listen and wouldn't judge; maybe a parent, teacher or pastor. See if they might be willing to get some help.
Click here for resources. Unsure if someone you know is at risk? Click here for signs of suicide. Remember, TEENline is here for you. If you or your friend need to talk, please call (864) 467-TEEN(8336) or chat at Teenlinesc.org.