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In 2019, the Boys Town National Hotline® received more than 139,000 calls and 21,400 web contacts (emails, chats and texts). These are just a few examples of the questions teens commonly asked and the answers they received from Hotline Consultants. The Hotline is available 24/7 at 800-448-3000.​​​​

I don't want to live anymore. I don't have the textbook symptoms of depression. I just want someone to talk to and figure out what's wrong with me.

Feeling like you don't want to live anymore is a very serious and potentially dangerous. We are glad that you felt comfortable enough to come to us with this information; we understand talking about suicidal thoughts is never easy or comfortable but doing so is incredibly smart and brave. We can always be a resources for you when you are feeling this way so that you don't have to go through it alone. MORE.

​​Anxiety is eating me alive. My stomach constantly hurts from all the stress in my life and no matter what I try it won't go away. Please help me.

Anxiety is very real and can make it difficult to concentrate and focus on the task at ha​nd. It is even more frustrating when you ask for help and can't get any. You did the right thing talking to your mom, she may want to help but may not be sure of how to handle it so she might be avoiding it. MORE.

I am suffering from depression and anxiety, also with extremely low self-esteem due to past experience of bullying at school.

Depression and anxiety are not fun to deal with. A good rule of thumb is that if it is affecting your daily functioning, it’s time to bring outside help in. You mentioned you did some research online, but know that a true mental health evaluation can take several appointments and hours of going over behavioral, educational, medical, and mental health histories that you provide. MORE.

Lately my life has been falling apart. I dated this guy who I liked so much. He left me for someone else. He emotional and physically broke me. I don't know how to fix myself.

We can understand how upset you might be feeling but please understand, you can feel better. You can get yourself back and feel so much better if you follow these steps. They don't have to be in a certain order but just do these things and be very good to yourself. MORE.

I would like to clarify that I am not considering suicide, but I have a friend who is. What should I do?

This person must be going through a lot in their life. Your friend is lucky that to have someone like you that wants to help. You made a great choice to find support for you both. It can be scary when someone you care about makes comments regarding taking their own life. MORE.

I recently got into an argument with my absolute best friend. Neither of us have many friends, her and I were literally never apart and if we weren't hanging out we were texting. It's been over a week now and we still aren't talking.

It is so painful when relationships hit a bumpy road or an ending. In this case, you don't know yet if this is an ending to a friendship or just a really tough time. It sounds like you have learned some really valuable and difficult lessons through this all. MORE.

I've been feeling really overwhelmed with everything in my life lately. There's a lot of pressure on me to do it all, know who I am and where I'm going, and I'm worried that once high school is over I will be left with no obligations and no idea what I want to do.

It sounds like you have been feeling under an incredible amount of pressure to be perfect and to pack your schedule as much as humanly possible. You talk about unrealistic expectations and a desire to be average, to not feel so pressured or so busy. These feelings you are describing have become all too common, especially with people your age. MORE.

My dad emotionally abuses me​.

It is very mature of you for wanting to talk with your dad about what has been going on and how it is impacting you. Many times the abuse or situation gets brushed under a rug and it is never discussed. We are proud of your strength for wanting to try to talk with him and to come up with an action plan going forward​. MORE.

I've tried so hard not to cut but when I'm upset all I can turn to is cutting and I'm trying to stop I don't like the pain and it hurts me so much.

We understand the struggles that you are facing. We know cutting can be an addictive behavior and very difficult to control. You have taken a very courageous step in admitting that there is a problem and that you need help. We are so proud of you. MORE.

I'm Feeling Really Alone And Right Now This Is My Only Hope. Someone Please Talk To Me.

You did a great thing by reaching out to talk about how you are feeling, that is not always an easy thing to do. Feeling lonely really is a part of the human experience that most people share at some time. MORE.

Additional Helpful Resources

Boys Town National Hotline: Have a specific question? The Boys Town National Hotline’s specially trained counselors are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to offer you parenting advice and assistance. Ask your own question or call our 24/7 hotline at 800-448-3000. ask a question

Guides: We have identified some of the top ​parenting challenges and experiences, like bullying, discipline and potty training, and have created guides with helpful videos, articles and quick tips for you to utilize. see guides

Tools: An effec​tive way to maintain family harmony is to set up ways to keep an eye on family responsibilities by using charts and contracts. With these, consequences and rewards are contingent on specific behaviors or social skills you want to see from your kids. Check out our latest parenting tools! see tools

Your Life Your Voice: This website is part of the Boys Town National Hotline and provides kids and families the opportunity to ​ask their questions via phone, text, chat or email. Let your kids know they are not alone, support is available to them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. visit ​website