New Teen suicide helpline launched
An Irish mother has set up Ireland's first teen helpline. Maureen Bolgar lost her son through suicide in April 2003. Dublin's Lord Mayor launched the free help line for Irish teenagers on July 6th.
Ms Bolgar has pointed out that teenagers are in an in-between space, feeling too old to call childline and too young to contact the samaritans.
TeenLine will operate from Tallaght and has 35 trained volunteers. Eircom has provided the free phone number the group uses.
Last year, 80 people between 15 and 24 took their lives: 69 of these were young men.
At first, the line will operate between 9pm to 6am on Friday and Saturday nights. You can call them by dialling 1800 833 634
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