In 2018, the Boys Town National Hotline took over 154,000 calls and 28,500 web contacts (emails, chats and texts). These are just a few examples of common questions asked and their answers.
I really don't want to get to the point where I like, attempt suicide or something but I can't go on like this much longer. What am I supposed to do??? I'm sick of holding it all in.
A: Suicidal thoughts can be frightening. Even though it is scary to talk about them, it is so important to acknowledge how you are feeling. Teens should always tell an adult if they are feeling suicidal or if they have a friend who is feeling suicidal. Never keep suicidal thoughts a secret.
My stomach constantly hurts from all the stress in my life and no matter what I try it won't go away. It's gotten so bad that I can't sleep at night Please help me.
A: Some days you can't quite tell if you're coming or going. The teen years can be stressful. You're not alone.
I'm too depressed to get out of bed or do/go anywhere or anything. I have an extremely hard time talking about my feelings. I know I need help but I don't know where to turn.
A: Everyone experiences feelings of depression at some point in their life. Depression is a normal reaction to stressful events. It's easy to keep your feelings buried deep inside and just hope they go away. But it's important for you to talk to an adult you trust.
I feel like no one will ever care about me again, and I'm so tired of going to bed and waking up feeling this way.
A: A break up can be one of the most difficult experiences in life. Our romantic relationships become part of our personalities because as we grow close to a person, they become part of us. Life and people are always changing so we should expect relationships to change too. Although breaking up is difficult, it can sometimes be one of the best decisions we make and one of the most self-empowering experiences we can go through.
I'm worried about friend who says she wants to die and cuts herself on her thighs. Her parents don't believe in mental illness so I was wondering if there is anything I could try.
A: It's great you are reaching out to find ways to support your friend. She must be going through a lot in her life. She is lucky that to have someone like you that wants to help her. You made a great choice to find support for you both.
All my friends get annoyed with me, but whenever I try to change I get swept up in myself and annoy them all over again. I wouldn't want to be my friend either.
A: It is a tough situation that you are in and it is causing you such pain. A true friendship takes effort; it's not just something that happens. You don't have control of what someone else does, but you do have control of how you treat others. If you care about someone, you will need to be willing to work to build and maintain a solid friendship.
I need help but I'm afraid to tell my parents or anyone that can tell my parents. Please help me.
A: You may be hesitant to get your parents involved in problems that you are dealing with. If you don't feel much of a connection with your parents, you may be uncomfortable bringing up a serious issue. Even if they're not good at expressing themselves, have faith that they care and want to help you.
I am just now coming to terms with what happened to me. I am very angry, or just over all hopeless and drained. I need help on how to heal from all this chaos that is in my heart and mind.
A: Depression, anger, and self-doubt can cause us to isolate ourselves from others who might provide us with the empathy and compassion necessary to heal. Speaking these feelings aloud to others who care about you, or to a therapist, will help you to gain the emotional support you deserve, and begin to heal.
I'm in a terrible place right now; I haven't harmed myself for two days and now I want to hurt myself.
A: Self-injury doesn't make you a bad person. You're just not handling things in a healthy way, and you owe it to yourself to get help.
I'm feeling really alone right now this Is my only hope. Someone please talk to me.
A: It can be really hard to feel lonely and not wanted. We are sorry to hear that you are having to experience that. What do you do to meet people? We are sure you feel that you have tried everything to meet someone, but please know that there are people that can help.
Why Do Teens Call the Hotline?
Teens reach out for help for a variety of reasons, the important thing is that they reach out. Below is a snapshot of the number one reason teens called our crisis hotline in 2018.