Through Ups & Downs

Life is made of good times and bad times. Our teen volunteers share what they have learned to help you deal with all the ups and the downs of life.

Meditation - by Tina Leggio

My Stress Relieving Method: Meditation

  Stress is an inevitable part of life. For high school seniors such as myself, the pressures of student life can often seem unavoidable. From filling out college applications to studying for important tests and exams, the stress can become overwhelming at times. In my experience, stress can lead to a multitude of issues including […]

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Tips on How To Be There For A Friend

  It’s hard to generalize friendships, as each one is so unique. Friends often happen organically, sometimes unexpectedly, and others just seem destined from the start. Considering you are taking the time to read this, a few things can be inferred: Perhaps your close friend is recently going through a hard time, or you’re simply […]

Day 54: 2 days down, 336 to go - by Lily Monster

On Getting Enough Sleep

  I check the time on my phone. It’s midnight. I have two paragraphs left to write for my paper on Great Gatsby – due tomorrow. I have one episode left of “Game of Thrones” – everybody will be talking about it at school. Ugh – I just remembered I have a lab quiz tomorrow […]

feelings by Felipe Zamudio

The Importance Of Talking About Your Feelings

  While TEEN LINE offers help to teens in crisis in many ways, I have found that often the most helpful aspect of TEEN LINE is simply that it’s a place where you can talk openly about your feelings and let out your emotions, especially ones that have been bottled up inside you for extended […]

22/30 by lauren rushing

How I Overcame my Most Difficult Life Challenge

  My story is like so many others that I hesitated for a good minute before deciding to put pen to paper. Who am I to disclose my life to an unknown audience, under an anonymous name, with the pretense that they should care enough to read it? But I’ve come to realize that talking […]

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Living with depression

  Living with depression Living with depression can very well be the hardest thing you will encounter in your life. While it’s not fun to go through, there are things you can do about it. First off, let’s talk about depression a little bit. What exactly is depression? Essentially your brain has an inability to […]

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Divorce-Teen Blog

Divorce by Tara – 16 years old I don’t really remember what happened. All I remember is that I stopped hearing hushed, harsh whispering from the other room. I started to see everything move around me. Suddenly, my mother had gotten an apartment on the other side of our small community and my grandmother had […]

Lonely at the festival by Ernst Moeksis

Introverts in an Extroverted World

Introverts in an Extroverted World With the new popularization of the qualities of the introvert, it is no wonder that more and more people are recognizing that perhaps, they themselves are introverts. Contrary to popular belief, an introvert is not always the shy kid in the corner, sweating bullets at the thought of a presentation […]

Suicide Warning Signs and What to Do

If you yourself are not suicidal, then chances are you’re on this page because you are worried that someone in your life might be thinking about killing themselves. First, I know that this can be really hard for you, and it’s important to take care of yourself even though you’re trying to help someone else. […]

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Storytelling My Way Through First-Year College Loneliness

Storytelling My Way Through First-Year College Loneliness Moving into my first year of college was jarring. The process plucked me from the happiest and most socially confident year of my adolescent life and dropped me down into the cornfields of small-town Iowa, a college of 1400 students, and no friends. Oof. For my first four […]

What to Expect When You Call Teen Line

  What to Expect When You Call Teen Line Opening up to someone can be scary. At Teen Line, a lot of our callers are talking to someone about what they’re going through for the first time. Listeners are aware of that, and we try to make you as comfortable as possible talking to us, […]

Acceptance by Tanya Dawn

Self-Acceptance by Tanya Dawn

Self-Acceptance by Tanya Dawn For as long as it has been casually posed to me, the question, “So, what music do you listen to?” has caused me a great deal of anxiety. Its outward nonchalance gives the impression of a genuine interest in the artists I enjoy, but really, it asks to know who I […]

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4 Tips for Teens with Loved Ones with Substance Abuse Problems

4 Tips for Teens with Loved Ones with Substance Abuse Problems Those struggling with addiction aren’t the only ones who suffer from the damage caused by substance abuse. Often it’s the case that when a person is suffering because of addiction, the loved ones around them are hurting, too. If you’re a teenager whose parent […]

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Talking to Your Parents – Teen Blog

  You may all remember a time when you used to tell your parents everything. As you’ve grown up, you may have noticed that honesty slowly disappear.  Maybe you’ve never lied to your parents, you’ve just withheld certain information. There’s a reason why we do this, it’s because there are certain things we’d rather not […]

Forgiveness by Andrew M Butler

Forgiveness – Teen Blog

  Almost everyone has heard the saying, “forgive and forget.” The words are straightforward and easy to understand; however, the actual act of forgiving and forgetting is extremely difficult. I still remember being bullied in 7th grade. My closest friends threatened to spread vicious rumors about me, sneered at me as I walked down the […]

FAT by Alex Ereny

Eating Disorders – Teen Blog

By Nikki, 16 years old Hi! So since you’re here, you probably have a suspicion that you (or a friend) is struggling with disordered eating. It can be hard to know if you have an eating disorder.  You wouldn’t think it would be, but it’s easy to be in denial or to just have no idea […]

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Managing Anxiety – Teen Blog

By Paige – 17 years old Anxiety is a bigger issue in High School than people usually think. However, when you’re a high school student, it makes perfect sense.  There is an immense responsibility to keep your grades up above all else. There’s pressure from family, friends and teachers to be perfect. But the truth […]

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How to Love Yourself- Teen blog

by Sarah W. – 17 years old We’ve all experienced it before: you look into the mirror and — for one reason or another — just aren’t happy with the person looking back at you. Maybe it’s the fact that your eyes are farther apart than you’d like. Maybe you’re disappointed that you recently let […]