Huge increase in teens contacting TeenLine Ireland for support in 2016
The teen listening service received approximately 25,000 calls since last January
TeenLine Ireland have announced that the free, national listening service for teenagers has received approximately 25,000 calls and almost 26,000 texts since January last year. The service receives between 140 – 170 calls and texts a night while an extra 1,100 calls and texts were received over Christmas. This is a significant increase on the numbers of teenagers contacting the service since 2015.
“The number of calls and texts are continuously increasing which highlights the demand for the unique service TeenLine provides to teenagers and young adults across Ireland. It is hugely positive to see so many young people taking the first step with TeenLine to reach out and talk about their problems,” said Declan Brennan, Chairperson of TeenLine.
Registered psychologist and Clinical Director of TeenLine Ireland Niamh Hannan said, "We have a large volume of calls and texts every night to the helpline from teenagers seeking support and a safe space to talk. Teenagers from all walks of life are feeling life's pressures and are experiencing high levels of anxiety, low mood or depression with issues such as relationships, school, family finance, homelessness, sexuality and abuse. Our volunteers are trained to listen to teenagers and help them consider their options. We are a confidential, non-directive and non-judgmental service where the young person is always in control of the call or text.”
You can contact Teenline on free phone 1800 833 634 between 8pm-11pm. You can also freetext ‘Teen’ to 50015.