Last week, during Suicide Awareness Week, Teen Lifeline came out to Poston Butte High School to provide resources and information to students. 

Teen Lifeline originated back in 1986 and formed after a movie, Surviving staring Molly Ringwald, aired on prime-time network television in 1985. The movie was quite controversial because it was the first time teen suicide had been portrayed in such a public way. The movie made the cover of People Magazine and was instrumental in beginning public conversations about teen suicide. As a result, mental health agencies began to look at the problem of teen suicide. It was then discovered that Arizona’s teen suicide rate was double the national average. Arizona ranked second in the nation for the rate of teen suicide. 

Teen Lifeline was developed as an innovative solution to address teen suicide in the Phoenix area. 

Teen Lifeline Programs 

The Hotline
At Teen Lifeline, teens can talk to someone their own age who understand what they are going through because they have gone through it too. This is not an advice hotline. Teen Lifeline is a place where teens can help empower other teens to help themselves. 

Life Skills Development
The Crisis Hotline would not be possible without the Life Skills Development program. Every year 50+ teens ages 15 to 18 participate in the program and undergo the rigorous 72- hour Life Skills Training program to become Peer Counselors. Training is conducted 4 times a year with an average of 12-15 participants per training. Upon successful completion of the Life Skills program, these highly trained teens then volunteer to staff the free, confidential Hotline from 3 pm to 9 pm, 365 days a year. 

Community Education and Prevention Services
The goal of community education and prevention services is to provide awareness, education, and prevention within the community. Our presentations not only spread our name and hotline number but also educate the community on important teen issues. This program involves diverse teaching methods that focus on increasing awareness and understanding of the problem behaviors, on acquiring or enhancing coping skills and increasing help-seeking behavior. 

To learn more about Teen Lifeline: 

If you or another teen needs help call:
602-248-8336 (TEEN) 

Statewide in Arizona:
800-248-8336 (TEEN)