Did you know HopeLine recently re-launched our Teen TalkLine. Originally, HopeLine’s Teen Talk Line began in 1993 and was a separate line dedicated to teen issues. Teen volunteers answered the phone 4 to 8 p.m. weekdays and teacher workdays. The program then grew and was incorporated into HopeLine’s crisis lines to be manned by our trained crisis line volunteers. Throughout the year we have seen a huge increase in teen suicide and research shows that nearly 20% of teens have seriously considered suicide and 14% of teens made an actual plan.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15- 24 year-old’s and is an epidemic that has continued to increase. HopeLine aims to combat this preventable death by adding a new website that allows a “Chat Line” or instant messaging service as a new medium for teens to reach out to our crisis counselors. Our new Teen TalkLine now focuses on supporting this younger community through an instant messaging service on our website along with local resources teens can turn to for advice and medical attention. HopeLine has combined this new service with our free and confidential crisis line for teenagers to reach out to at any time when they need extra support or a listening ear.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide please call our crisis line 919-231-4525 or reach out to us on our Teen TalkLine http://www.teentalklinenc.org