PHOENIX - Teens in crisis, resorting to drastic, sometimes even deadly measures to cope with their pain.
Teen Lifeline was one of several agencies to step forward after last month’s apparent murder-suicide at Independence High School.
I volunteered with the hotline while in high school and recently went back to see how peer counselors are dealing with more calls than ever before.
“Just about every issue that a teenager has or is going through, we hear about it on the hotline,” said Tristan, who, like other peer counselors, goes by his first name to maintain privacy. From 3 - 9 p.m. every single day, peer counselors like Tristan are ready to listen.
“Not only is it my job to listen and support them in what's going on, but also help them develop those skills to make them a better problem solver,” he said.
The need is growing. In 2015 the hotline received almost 16,000 calls from troubled youth across the state. That is 14 percent more than 2014.
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