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To all the youth out there,
I know its hard and to do what you do everyday…getting up early in the morning, facing sometimes people you don’t want to face, listening to teachers you may not want to listen to…but I wanted to encourage you by saying if you are doing that everyday then you are doing a great job and good things will come your way. An whenever times get hard please feel free to to talk to someone…don’t let all your hurt,anger or pain be bottled up inside. And if you have nobody to talk to…I am here and I’d love to listen to anyone that wants to share. The reason why is because I was a kid that was unheard and unseen…nobody wanted to hear what I had to say…I was being bullied,I was part of gangs, I did it all but now I’m an bestselling author and actor and I try to reach out to young people that was like me. That was depressed and had to deal with drama everyday of their life. If that person is you and you have knowone to talk to then hit me up. I don’t know if I can place links on here but I am easy to find. You can always google me my name is Darrius Garrett and I am one of the Original Freedom Writers that wrote the book Freedom Writers Diary that was made into a movie in 2007 starring Hilary Swank. Marcus the young kid that friend committed suicide in front of him is my character and is based ONLY on me from the homelessness,to the gangs etc. So trust me there is nothing that I haven’t heard and I want to be there to hear you. Be inspired and I can’t wait to talk to you.
EncourageTheYouth’s home state of Colorado is currently suffering from SEVERAL wildfires! The damage our beautiful state is currently enduring is horrifying. Many people are beginning to lose their homes, belongings and even jobs. Dozens of animals ranging from common household pets all the way up to horses, cow and deers have been displaced due to this tragedy.
We ask our Hopeline supporters to post inspirational messages to ALL of those in our state, please extend a caring heart to us! We need positive vibes sent our way. So feel free to post any POSITIVE comments, photos or quotes on our Tumblr wall, on twitter @EncourageYouth or facebook @Hope line for Teenagers or our other facebook @encourage the youth
We would also like to send a HUGE thanks to all the awesome firefighters who are currently risking their lives to save our state and to those individuals who have donated supplies, money, time and prayers to these honorable men.
Thank you all so much for your continuous support and love, you are all AMAZING!
I am 20 years old, although I am not a teen anymore I am still dealing with a lot. I came down with a health issue when I was 13 years old that made me miss a lot of school. From then on things changed, I lost a lot of my friends. I became very suicidal, and started hurting myself. My high school ended up finding out along with my parents and my parents claimed it was a “phase”.
I took it upon myself to get help from a psychitrist who put me on meds. Things seemed to get better, but i still had episodes where I would hurt myself and think suicide was the only way out. I still have these feelings. 9 months ago, I was convinced I was going to kill myself b/c I was just so sick of living like this.
I get into stages where I feel better, and then worse again. Right now I’m ok, but I just wonder If I will ever get better?! Its been almost 8 years and I still feel this pain and thing these horrible thoughts. I go awhile without cutting or burning, then I relapse.
I am very happy to hear that you took it upon yourself to seek help from a professional. I too have been in the same exact boat. My suggestion would be to find some sort of hobby. My personal remedy has been Martial Arts and MMA, believe it or not. Training and practicing relieves physical tension and mental stress. The physical activity helps keep my body healthy, which in turn, keeps my mind healthy. When you find something positive that makes you happy, be sure to stick with it!
I have lived with depression, anxiety, panic disorder etc for around 8 or 9 years myself, friend. I can tell you that it gets MUCH easier when you find a way that suits your personal needs. Do you enjoy art, writing, exercise, sports, or maybe even hangin’ out with some close friends? All of these are positive outlets that will ease your soul.
Also, be sure to visit your therapist regularly and be HONEST about your problems, otherwise, they cannot help you properly. If you feel that your current care plan is not benefiting your needs, be sure to speak up. Please keep in mind that suicide is a PERMANENT solution to a TEMPORARY problem!
Imagine where you want to be ten years from now, married, homeowner, what job, etc. Now draw out a year-by-year plan of how you are going to get there! you will be surprised at how much you can accomplish when you set personal goals for yourself.
I do hope that this has helped you out. If not, please contact me again, either here on tumblr, or on twitter @EncourageYouth, or facebook @Hope line for Teenagers.
Also, here is some emergency contact info if you are ever in critical need in help, if you ever feel you are going to physically harm yourself in ANY way, I urge you to call one of these numbers first. Keep in mind that I am NOT a professional, merely an advice-giver. These people can help you out much better than I.
-National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255): Suicide hotline, 24/7 free and confidential, nationwide network of crisis centers.
-National Hopeline Network 1-800-784-2433
Take care my friend! I hope to hear from you soon.
there is a guy i like and give him all the time in the world, he says hes always busy and always has an excuse why he doesnt pay attention to me, sometimes i have gone days without him speaking to me.... is he worth the trouble to even fight for?
from the sounds of it, probably not. i’m sure you are in your teens and still in school. trust me, no one is worth your worries or tears during this time in life. you need to be having fun and making memories with friends. don’t waste your time chasing someone who isn’t willing to give you the time of day! i know it’s difficult when you really like someone. but believe me, when you start walking away, THEY will be the one chasing.
thanks for reaching out to us! we are glad to talk to you. be sure to come back if you need anything else, we hope we’ve helped!
Do you think someone can be a Christian but still be attracted to girls? Like, I still think of guys like oh he's cute and he's sexy, but when I think about sexual things with a guy it's just kinda disgusting to me, but when I think about them with a girl they're not disgusting. Am I a lesbian? What's wrong with me? Ugh, I'm so confused!!!!
attempting to define your own sexuality is a near impossible trial. only your own heart can decide that. sexuality is not a choice, it is something that humans have hardwired into themselves. i would suggest taking labels out of the equation. don’t worry so much about being “straight”, “bisexual” or “lesbian”. instead think of people as individuals. ex; “oh he’s cute, i like him.” and “she’s pretty, i would like to talk to her.” don’t pursue someone based on their gender, pursue them because you are genuinely attracted to who they are as a person.
as for the religious aspect, don’t let any organization tell you what you are meant to be. if you are attracted to an individual of the same sex, so be it. try not to focus so much on that at such a young age. there are many groups that are very supportive of homosexual christians. check this page out for an example!
i hope this helps, be sure to message us with some more info if you need anymore advice! thank you for your message, it means alot to us!
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please take a moment to consider all of the lives you put in harms way,
not just physically, but emotionally as well.
my heart and thoughts go out to those who have lost a loved one in pueblo, colorado this past weekend.
be sure to continue messaging and posting us. we love to hear whatever it is you wanna talk about. even if you just wanna tell us what a great day you’ve had :] remember, we are here to HELP and love EVERY SINGE ONE of you!
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hope to hear from you all soon!
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We are both transgender
We are both dealing with abusive families
We have both battled suicidal thoughts and self harm for years
We help each other fight through our depression, even in our darkest moments
He asked, and I said yes.
It can get better, and it WILL. You have to stay strong.
wow that is so amazing! it’s very inspiring to hear that the two of you have made it so far together! :) it’s good to have someone by your side who understands what you are going through and is there to comfort you from a similar background. the fact that you were able to find each other in this huge world is astounding. you are both truly the epitome of love. i wish the both of you the best in your relationship, future and life in general. i hope you both stay in contact with us and we are happy to have your support! we are a team that was built to give hope, and you in turn, have given ME hope.
i have and still sometimes have sucidial thoughts i started thinking of suicide as a way out just to relieve knowing that i wouldn't really do it but sometimes i am just fed up and want to end i constantly have people picking on me i shake it off but in my low moments i just can't i don't what to do i am just sick of people picking on me i can't even be myself i become the person they like because i am afraid of loosing them, my so called "friends" please offer effictive advice nt just be urself
i know the feeling, i went through the same thing during my first few years of high school. to be honest, i just endured it as heavily as i could and relied on my close group of friends. if you ever feel like the bullying is going too far, you should probably inform a teacher, i know it seems like being a “snitch”, but i wish i would have at the time. never be alone, bullies are cowardly people and they won’t mess with you if you are with a group of 3 or more people. suicide isn’t a way out, i know that now. i once thought that myself, but i now feel like such a better person and i’m happy i never did that to myself. one day you’ll realize that bullies are NOTHING, they are just a nuisance that you must tolerate for a short amount of time during your school life, you will see that these are the people that will amount to nothing in the future. keep your head up, don’t let them get the best of you.
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