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Real stories from ​real people who have been helped by YLYV ​and the Boys Town National Hotline.


  • Marcus

    Marcus' Story

     

    I sent you an email about my struggle with depression. I said I didn’t want to live to see 17. I couldn’t see myself making it to graduation. A year ago I was in such a dark place…

  • Gia

    Gia's Story

     

    I wanted to let you know that I’m doing better now. When I texted YLYV last month, I felt like my life was falling apart, I was ready to give ​up. Hurting ​myself was the only way I knew how to deal…

  • Alexis

    Alexis's Story

     

    It's been about a month and I can honestly say, I've seen the change in me. I'm smiling more, laughing a lot more, getting along with my mother, appreciating what I have, and so many good things…

  • Kenna

    Kenna's Story

     

    So I called…I spoke to a lady and she was literally like an angel, she was just there. And she told me that my life was worth so much more than what people said. …And that was my turning point. She changed everything, absolutely everything. She saved my life. That is really when things started looking up…after that call.

  • Leah

    Leah's Story

     

    I want to thank you for the advice and hope you instilled in me. I no longer feel like I have to constantly watch my back at school, I am more confident in myself and my voice…

  • Eric

    Eric's Story

     

    I cannot tell you what your email meant to me…

    I know it has taken me a long time to respond, but that was simply out of panic. When I sent that email that night, I never thought I would get a response, let alone such a heartfelt and meaningful one. I've read your email hundreds of times since you sent it, and I cannot believe how much it means to me. I just want to ​tell you how grateful I am and that people like you, those who are willing to listen no matter what is happening in someone's life

  • Elizabeth

    Elizabeth's Story

     

    I want to thank you for all you have done for me. I had struggled with self-harm for about four and a half years. I remember at my lowest points I was self-harming multiple times a​ day, and I had suicide attempts…