Teen Link service lets teens talk to other teens about life issues

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The latest Washington State Healthy Youth Survey of Meadowdale and Edmonds-Woodway High School students indicated that depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide are increasing for local teenagers in the Edmonds School District. The Teen Link hotline is designed to help teens who may be struggling with these types of issues.

Teen Link, part of the Seattle Crisis Clinic, is a free, anonymous and confidential hotline for teenagers to talk to other teens, who are trained volunteers, about any life issues.

TeenLink’s motto is that “No issue is too big or too small”: Whether it’s bullying, depression, eating disorders, abuse, suicide, or just a bad day in general, Teen Link volunteers are there to talk it out.

The hotline is available via a phone chat (every night from 6 to 10 p.m.) and an online chat (every night from 6 to 9:30 p.m.). In addition, Teen Link’s website offers a guidebook, Where to
Turn For Teens, which contains basic information about various issues and a large list of local resources that specialize in helping out those who are struggling with these issues.

Volunteer opportunities as phone or outreach workers are available to youth ages 13 to 20, and other volunteer positions are available to those 21 and older. For more information and
to access the phone and online chat, visit https://866teenlink.org.

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