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Some memories from our Food For Thought Brunch this past weekend!

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We are so thankful to have worked with this incredible group of individuals and want to both congratulate them on their accomplishments, and their futures! You each are so special, intellectual, omnipotent and cherished. We wish all of you the best, thank you for your years with us and want to commend you on who you have become. #teenlinefoodforthought2019

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Some highlights from our panel today!

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We are so grateful to announce that an anonymous donor has committed to matching donations made today up to $50,000 via our text-to-give campaign! Please support Teen Line by texting "TeenLine" to 52182 #teenshelpingteens

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We cannot believe that our annual Food for Thought Brunch is THIS Sunday! Make sure to arrive at 10am to shop our amazing boutique! Get ready for a great event because our Teen speeches, celebrity hosts and panel on teen suicide is something you do not want to miss out on! If you are unable to attend, tune into our LIVE COVERAGE on our Facebook & Instagram!

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Mental Health Awareness Day 2- We often talk about the importance of reaching out when you are in a moment of need. But, what about when the tables are turned? When you’re the one who wants to reach out to someone in need? It’s never easy to be open about mental health, especially because it’s a very stigmatized topic. So, let’s keep it simple. Let’s say you noticed your friend has been disconnected or off recently. Starting a conversation with “hey, I noticed you’ve been a little down lately, do you want to talk about it?” can be a great way to open up a conversation. Sometimes, it’s not what you say that’s important, it’s the fact that you are making an effort to say something! 🧡

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Today marks the first day of Mental Health Awareness Month! Teen Line is very honored to be a safe space for teens globally. Whether it's through call, text, email or outreach we are here for teens no matter how big or small. Want to know how you can be involved in #mentalhealthawarenessmonth ? Here are 7 ways you can promote mental health in your community. #mentalheatlh #mentalhealthmonth #endthestigma #strengthinthecommunity #youarenotalone #teenshelpingteens

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Happy Mental Health Awareness Month from Teenline!!! We believe so strongly that mental heath matters and we will be celebrating by posting content from our listeners and inspirational posts every day in May!!! stay tuned✨✨✨✨

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Get to Know 2019 Outstanding Listener Award Recipient, Wyatt Sarkisian! To read more, visit the blog at www.teenlineonline.org/Wyatt #Muchmorethanalistener

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@crazyheadcomics Mental disorders are not adjectives. They are not a choice. And, they shouldn’t be the butt of a joke or a fashion trend. They’re real issues that millions of people struggle with and overcome.

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Happy Birthday to one of our FAV🤩RITE and longest-standing RAs, @theianjensen. You always bring so much laughter, happiness and comfort to shifts and we appreciate you (and all the time you give to help us) sOOO much!! Having you at teenline this past year has been THE absolute ✨b e s t✨ and while we’ll miss you once you’re done, we know you’re going to do amazing things in the future! Happy birthday, we hope this year is even better than the last 💙💙💙

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Meet our 2019 Teen Hero Award Recipient, Clifford Ki. To get to know this amazing, empathetic and compassionate Teen Superstar, we played a game of 21 Questions. To read the full interview & learn more about how awesome Clifford KI, please visit: https://teenlineonline.org/cliffordki/

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#Repost @thepositivitypages ・・・ We NEED to listen to each other. Just because you don't understand how someone feels doesn't mean they're not feeling it! Just because YOU wouldn't feel that way about a certain situation does not mean they can't. Please be gentle, patient and calm with each other. Take the time to listen, to try to understand. Practice empathy and not judgement. Be kind not dismissive. People need support not to be told what they are feeling. If you experience this a lot PLEASE know that your feeling are valid. How you feel is real and you're allowed to feel that way. You deserve to be listen to and treated with kindness. You are important, no matter what others have said or think. Don't let it stop you from reaching out to someone else. 💕💜 (Photo description: orange background white text saying 'don't dismiss someone's feeling just because you don't understand them)

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The RA table was poppin’ 👠 RAs or Resource Associates are adults who oversee the hotline & our Teen Volunteers every night. Here are a few of our present & past RAs trying their luck at #dragqueenbingo

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Last night we played some drag queen bingo to raise funds for our hotline! Who knew bingo could be so fun? ❤️

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Art by: @makedaisychains It’s #internationaltransgenderdayofvisibility and we wanted to remind you guys that transgender rights are human rights. That being yourself is brave. That you deserve love, respect, and representation. And that you are beautiful. 💓💙💓💙

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Because talking to your parents can be stressful. Because talking to an adult can be intimidating. Because talking to your peers can be scary. We’re here for you. Not to judge. Not to tell you what to do. Not to interrupt you. But to listen. ❤️ #suicideprevention #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthrecovery #teenager

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💙We're seeing double!💙 We LOVE our volunteers! Need someone to talk to? No problem is too big or small, we're here to help! Our teens are here for you daily 6-10pm PST. Call (310) 855-HOPE or (800) TLC-TEEN (nationwide toll-free). You can also text "TEEN" to 839863 between 5:30-9:30pm PST. For more info visit our website! Link in profile. ☎️😊 #twins #tripletsactually #teenline #teenlineonline #teensforteens #crisishotline #depression #depressed #anxiety #suicide #suicidal #eatingdisorder #relationshipproblems #lgtb #lgtbq #stress #sad #selfharmmm #wearehereforyou

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Your existence matters, and sometimes it may be hard to believe that. But that’s why we’re here for you. Every night. I

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If you could go back in time, is there anything you would have done differently? In our latest Teen Blog, we asked our Teen Volunteers what advice they would give to their younger selves and this is what they said.

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Danny, it’s your last day at Teen Line as an RA today! We’re going to miss your colorful socks, funny check-ins, and your unwavering guidance and support. You’re always there for us, whether it’s guiding us through a difficult call or offering us amazing life advice, we’re so thankful to have you. We’re going to miss you! ❤️

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Teen Line orientation meeting for the new trainees! 💗 Photo by: @go.studygram

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MAKE EVERY DAY A SELF LOVE DAY ❤️ 🧡💛💚💙💜🖤 @gmf.designs

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What does #selflove mean to you? 💕 Our teen volunteers share what it means to them & why it’s so important. For more self-love inspiration, visit our teen blog. www.teenlineonline.org/selflove

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We’re here for you. Every night. Teen to Teen. ☎️👥📞

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Go make the world a better place! 💕 And take care of yourself 🌻 Love you ❤️

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Teen Line Listeners or retail associates? Maybe a bit of both 🤗 #teenmentalhealth

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With @innerstar_girl cycling for a cause! 🚲 ❤️🚲

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Happy (Almost) Valentine’s Day! Read about spreading love (not just in relationships) in our new blog post!

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Why spread hate when you can spread love? ❤️ @Katie_illustrated

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Hang in there! I know it sounds silly, but part of self care is trying new things. So, get a cookbook or find a YouTube video and make something new! Get all of your ingredients together explore a recipe. Or, try a new coffee mix or herbal tea. Take it easy and make it fun! #selfcare #selfcaresunday #mentalhealthawareness

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Having a meaningful friendship? What does that mean? Over the next couple of days, we’ll be talking about what it means to have a true friendship. #friendshipseries

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One call can save a life. Every night, 6PM-10PM PST. We’re here for you. ❤️

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Teen Line Teens Talk Every Friday! Today, Ashley tells us the importance of reaching out!

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R and A are our two favorite letters. Love you RA’s! ❤️😘❤️

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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, and hopefully this post will help do so even more. 1️⃣At the beginning of a call, we’ll ask you a few quick questions, such as your name and age, both to get to know you and to get statistics that help us obtain funding. Also, Teen Line is for teenagers, so if you’re age isn’t appropriate for the line, we’ll refer you to another similar service. Then we’ll ask what you want to talk about, and we’ll listen. 2️⃣Teen Line listeners won’t judge you. We won’t give you any orders to follow. We won’t say what you’re feeling is stupid or unreasonable – because it isn’t. Your feelings are valid and they matter. We’re here to listen to you and work with you to find a way to make you feel better. 3️⃣When we’re helping you figure out next steps, we won’t give you advice or tell you exactly what to do. We’ll talk to you and see what would work best for you, and we’ll come up with something together. We might also give you some resources that could give you more information on what we spoke about or some resources that could provide you with more long-term help as well. 4️⃣Talking about what you’re dealing with is often hard and a little daunting, but at Teen Line we do everything we can to make it as easy as possible for you. Our only goal is to help you in whatever way we can. 5️⃣Also, talking to a Teen Line listener is different than talking to a friend or parent – we’ll give you the same comfort and empathy, but since we’re removed from the situation we have absolutely no biases or judgments and we’re completely on your side. Teen Line listeners are trained to help you as best we can, and we’re here because we want to be. ☎️We want to talk to you and help you, so if you’re thinking about calling I’d suggest you strongly consider it. No issue is too big or too small, and the difference just opening up to someone can make is amazing. Sarah – 17 years old

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Art by: @wonder_doodles Thank you for teaching us how to love. As always, our lines are open tonight. Happy Martin Luther King Day. ❤️

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Therapy is more than just sitting on a couch and talking about your feelings. It’s about growth and insight. It’s completely normal to go to therapy. Therapy does not have to be forever and it does not have to be in person! Here are somethings we want you to know about therapy: 1.) Not every therapist is going to be the same! Think about finding a therapist like finding a hair dresser! Some work for you, some don’t. You just need to find the one that works for you! 2.) A therapist should not belittle your feelings, they should support you and listen. 3.) Do you have any questions about therapy? You can call Teen Line—we can even help you find resources in your area if you want. Or, visit @katimorton1 on YouTube! She not only makes videos about mental health, but she also talks about finding a therapist. 4.) Visit our “Teen Blog” to learn about other teens’ experiences with therapy. Link in bio. 5.) Worried about $? Visit your county’s mental health department or talk to your pediatrician to explore more options. You can also talk to your school’s guidance counselor about finding more resources!

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You don’t have to go through this alone, we’re here for you. #teenlinefriday

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To celebrate the beauty and power of Transgender people, our Teen Blog has selected 13 Trans Influencers and activists who inspire us. Everyday on social media they use their platform to fight transphobia, fight for Trans Rights and fight for a safer, more inclusive world. Moreover, their stories show how much everyone can learn and grow from listening to one another’s stories. Just listening. To read more visit, https://teenlineonline.org/13-trans-influencers-activists-that-inspire-us/

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Today Teen Line received a very special visit from one of our favorite Teen Volunteer Alumni, @rachelkhorshad 💕 Thank you for stopping by and filling us in on how much Teen Line has impacted your life. We are so proud of you and miss your presence on the hotline! 🥺 We always love seeing graduated teens and hearing about how amazing your lives are post-Teen Line. #teenlinefamily

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We’re here for you. Call, text, email. 6PM-10PM PST. Let’s talk. ❤️

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Why should you donate to Teen Line? Here’s one reason, and there’s more to come! Interested in donating? Check out our website (link in bio) or our Crowd Rise page. Have any questions, let us know below ⬇️. #givingtuesday #donate #mentalhealth

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Attention 9th & 10th Grade Teens! Our Spring 2019 application is now available. Please visit our volunteer page to download the application. Www.Teenlineonline.org/volunteer

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It’s time to give back—show your support for teens, mental health awareness, and suicide prevention. Visit CrowdRise.com to donate, and share this image with your family and friends. We’re here for you. #givingtuesday

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These days, teens need your support more than ever and Teen Line is here to help. In our newest video our Teen Line Listeners describe their experiences with Teen Line and explain how your support helps them make the difference for our teens. Want to contribute, check out our bio! ❤️

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#GivingTuesday is 1 day away! After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday there is Giving Tuesday. For small non-profit organizations like Teen Line, we depend on this international day of charitable giving to help Teen Line survive and succeed. We are asking for your generous support to fund the operation of our hotline every night, outreach programs, equipment for expansion and training for more teen volunteers. Are you going to help Teen Line? Visit our fundraising page below to make this #GivingTuesday the best one yet! https://www.crowdrise.com/o/…/campaign/teenlinegivingtuesday

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Happy Thanksgiving! We also wish to express our gratitude to those who make Teen Line possible. Without our selfless volunteers, board members and supporters we wouldn't be able to help thousands of teens around the world. Thank you! #happythanksgiving

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We remember, and we’re honoring you. If you are struggling on this day, or on any other day, you can always reach out to us. ❤️ more resources: @or_youthline @trevorproject @didi_hirsch

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No judgement, just listening. That’s Teen Line. #reachout