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Teen Talk App – Support for Teens by Teens

Teen Talk is a free iPhone app where teens can get support for whatever they may be dealing with from a trained teen. It is a safe, non-judgmental space where you can anonymously post your issue at any time and get support from a trained teen from 6:00 to 10:00PM Pacific time. On Teen Talk, teens can […]

Teen Line Executive Director, Michelle Carlson, on The Other F-Word Podcast: Conversations About Failure

Michelle Carlson, Executive Director of Teen Line, was featured on The Other F-Word Podcast on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018.  The Other F-Word is a podcast that’s all about FAILURE! They share inspiring, messy, tragic, and funny stories that make us human.  Their goal is to create a change in our culture by carving out a […]

Support around 13 Reasons Why

  The long anticipated 13 Reasons Why return is tomorrow. Netflix has been receptive to many of the criticisms of the first season, and the results of a study through Northwestern University about the show’s impact. There will be more trigger warnings, resources given, and actors stepping out of character to talk about mental health […]

13 Reasons Why – Season Two – Trauma Trigger?

Netflix fictional drama series, 13 Reasons Why, begins its second season this Friday, May 18. The show takes a graphic look at the tough real-life issues experienced by teens today including bullying, depression, sexual assault, substance abuse and suicide. 13 Reasons Why hoped to spark important conversations about issues that concern teens — from sexual assault […]

2018 Food for Thought Brunch

Our annual Food for Thought Luncheon was turned into a brunch this year! The fabulous event took place on Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 at the UCLA Carnesale Commons Palisades Room. It was a beautiful family event where we honored our amazing teens and celebrated our organizational achievements! The event was hosted by comedian and co-creator […]

Teen Line Alumni Spotlight

Sarah Kate McGowan, Ph.D. Teen Line Listener 1999-2004 Teen Line Board Member 2015-present When I was a 9th grader in high school and got accepted into Teen Line, I had to make a choice: attend the coveted Freshman canoeing/camping trip or attend the first week of the 13-week intensive training that Teen Line provides to its […]

Elaine’s 90th Birthday Wish

  CELEBRATING MY 90TH BIRTHDAY For many years I wanted to make an impact that would be long lasting.  When I graduated high school I thought I wanted a career as a diplomat but my education and interest in adolescent development ultimately led to helping to found the Teen Line.   As co-founder and its Executive […]

Hotline listeners on REAL 92.3

Teen Line’s teen hotline listeners were recently featured on REAL 92.3’s shows with Ryan Seacrest, Nina Chantele and DJ Damage to talk about the stresses and pressures of going back to school.  This initiative was a result of our partnership with Well Being Trust, a national foundation dedicated to advancing the mental, social and spiritual […]

Teen Line Call-A-Thon

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Week, Teen Line presents our very first Teen led Call-A-Thon! Capping off the last day of #nspw we are extending our Hotline phone, text & email hours from 4 hours to 12 hours from 12pm -12am! This event is a Teen Led fundraiser creatively thought out and brought to […]

TEEN LINE RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE S. MARK TAPER FOUNDATION

Teen Line, a teen-to-teen national hotline, is pleased to announce the S. Mark Taper Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to support the hotline, training and outreach programs. This grant will provide immediate, early intervention for teenagers who are facing a mental health crisis or who are just needing someone to talk to; training of […]

TEEN LINE FOUNDATIONS Pt 17: Community Connections Continued – School Outreach

Dr. Leader shares her memories of the early days of Teen Line in a series we call… TEEN LINE FOUNDATIONS By Elaine Leader, Ph.D., CGP, BCD, FAGPA One of the most important aspects of our program has been the development of relationships with schools and youth groups.  This began at our very beginning when I […]

#GivingTuesday

Teen Line’s hotline volume has risen dramatically and we are hearing from teens who are worried. We need to expand our services and are looking to double up our outreach services. Which is why we are participating in Giving Tuesday. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and […]

TEEN LINE FOUNDATIONS Pt 16: Community Connections Continued- LBGTQ

In honor of our 35th Anniversary, Dr. Leader shares her memories of the early days of Teen Line in a series we like to call… TEEN LINE FOUNDATIONS By Elaine Leader, Ph.D., CGP, BCD, FAGPA Chapter Sixteen: Community Connections Continued – LGBTQ Community One of our most important and rewarding connections has been with the […]

TEEN LINE FOUNDATIONS Pt 15: Community Connections Continued- VPC

In honor of our 35th Anniversary, Dr. Leader shares her memories of the early days of Teen Line in a series we like to call… TEEN LINE FOUNDATIONS By Elaine Leader, Ph.D., CGP, BCD, FAGPA Chapter Fifteen: Community Connections Continued Another very important partnership for Teen Line is the Violence Prevention Coalition (VPC).  I feel […]

TEEN LINE FOUNDATIONS Pt 14: Community Connections Continued- SPC

In honor of our 35th Anniversary, Dr. Leader shares her memories of the early days of Teen Line in a series we like to call… TEEN LINE FOUNDATIONS By Elaine Leader, Ph.D., CGP, BCD, FAGPA Chapter Fourteen: Community Connections Continued As many of you probably know Teen Line has always been concerned with suicide prevention […]

Teen Line Tribute to Founder Dr. Elaine Leader

Elaine Leader always dreamt of making a difference in this world but never knew how. That dream became a reality with the birth of Teen Line in 1980. As its Executive Director until May, 2015, she helped the program develop into an amazing opportunity for teens to assist their peers through a hotline and community […]

TEEN LINE FOUNDATIONS Pt 13: Community Connections Continued

In honor of our 35th Anniversary, Dr. Leader shares her memories of the early days of Teen Line in a series we like to call… TEEN LINE FOUNDATIONS By Elaine Leader, Ph.D., CGP, BCD, FAGPA Chapter Thirteen: Community Connections Continued In my last chapter I wrote about how the loss of a teen to suicide […]

TEEN LINE FOUNDATIONS Pt 12: Matthew Silverman Memorial Foundation (Community Connections Continued)

In honor of our 35th Anniversary, Dr. Leader shares her memories of the early days of Teen Line in a series we like to call… TEEN LINE FOUNDATIONS By Elaine Leader, Ph.D., CGP, BCD, FAGPA Chapter Twelve:  Community Connections Continued In the last few chapters I have spoken about agencies in the community with whom Teen […]