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Outreach program Our Teen Line Community Outreach Program is an essential component of our organization providing presentation to tens oines thousands of teens, educators and organizations each year in Southern California.
It aims to reduce stigma, increase knowledge and promote health-seeking by fostering an open dialogue about teen issues. Our Outreach Coordinator provides an interactive, educational presentation, which covers topics from self-harm and anxiety to substance abuse and healthy relationships. Parent education program The Teen Line Parent Education Program helps parents better understand teen behavior, improve communication with their teen, and recognize the warning s and risk factors for depression and suicide.
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Website resources InTeen Line created a dedicated parent website geared to provide education, information, resources and support, as well as a weekly blog on current topics of interest. For schools or parents outside of our service area, this website helps to create a network of care.
Research shows that parental involvement can play a role in reducing suicide risk and that family should be an important component of any prevention program. Educational content and connections We publish our own educational materials and maintain a database of nearly agencies and programs providing services for young people. These resources are published in our Youth Yellow s directory which is also a downloadable app.
Our website continues to be a critical source of education and support for the 3 million people worldwide who visit our site annually. Most widely visited are our Message Boards, a supportive community of over 32, registered teens talking about topics that liines from health and fitness to self-harm. This chat app was developed as a means in which to provide more daily ongoing support to teens for their everyday stresses, such as anxiety about school or difficult relationships.
While we are prevention focused, Teen Line saw an opportunity to provide peer support farther upstream, to prevent unhealthy coping practices and mental health crises. Teen line provides support, intervention and information that helps teens to turn away from negative coping strategies such as substance abuse and suicide.
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The simple act of listening can make a huge difference --sometimes a life-saving one. The of youth under 21 years old that were presented to an ER for mental health crisis has risen 50 percent from to One of the reasons is attributed to youth not receiving adequate support services before they spiral into crisis.
Although the therapists are volunteers, each goes through an extensive, hour online training course before being put in contact with other therapists. Finally, after a final video chat with a trainer, the volunteer is placed in the field, so to speak, where they remain in contact with other therapists as they work. Teamwork makes the dream work, y'all.
One of the text line's other unique qualities is its lack of specificity. Many existing help lines include a text-based teena, but most focus on their phone lines or online chatting options.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the National Dating Abuse Hotline's chatting option receives messages at the same rate as phone calls, and volunteer-based online network IMAlive focuses solely on providing counseling through instant messaging. According to the Pew Research Center, texting among teens rose from 50 to 60 texts a day between andand it stands to reason that the would continue to rise.
The same study found that 75 percent of teens overall use text messagingand crisis helpline volunteers have begun to see kines trend in their work. They text.