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Teen Lifeline Charity Profile
Mission: To provide a safe, confidential and crucial crisis service where teens help teens make healthy decisions.
Vision: To impact the devastating problem of teen suicide in Arizona so that any teen at any time will have knowledge and access to Teen Lifeline, its counselors and services.
The idea for starting Teen Lifeline began in early 1985 when a movie called "Surviving" was aired on network television. For 1985, it was quite controversial and helped to raise the awareness about teen suicide. Also in 1985, Arizona's teen suicide was double the national average, and Arizona ranked second in the nation for the number of teens who committed suicide.
Phoenix South Community Mental Health Center (what is now known as Southwest Behavioral) wanted to start programming that addressed teen suicide. A thorough search of effective programs was conducted and peer counseling programs were on the "cutting edge" in recognizing and assisting troubled teens.
The peer-counseling concept called for training teens to assist other teens with problems. Utilizing teens in this type of prevention and intervention is an important link to getting help since teens usually confide in their peers first. So, Teen Lifeline began this type of program in the summer of 1986. it was based out of Phoenix Central High School through a grant from the McKessan Foundation.