Your Voice

Real stories of success


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

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'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'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'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'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'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

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<div class="ExternalClassC96A66F5C2354D2B9828A05D92EC0F38"><p>​Thank you for the help you all have given me, it means a lot to me.<br></p></div>
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<div class="ExternalClass4B8E2134DB26485D84B796342062FDF9">Thank you, you really helped make my day better.</div>
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