Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale has announced Teen Lifeline as the next charity recipient of a $5,000 donation through its D.R.I.V.E. initiative.
Teen Lifeline, which has responded to more than 315,000 calls and texts since 1986 to provide hope and intervention for teens in crisis, marks the 10th Valley charity to benefit from the initiative.
With $50,000 donated to the organizations in total, according to a press release, Teen Lifeline is celebrating 35-years of providing teens with essential support and “stands out from other crisis hotlines because of the people who answer the phone.”
Teens who are struggling are noted to more likely to turn to other teens to discuss problems faced. In addition to the suicide prevention hotline, other services offered by Teen Lifeline include suicide prevention education, community outreach and life skills development for teen volunteers.
Teen Lifeline has a “chance to save a life,” the release said, describing when the phone rings, teen peer counselors are available to listen and offer support at all times. The only peer-to-peer crisis hotline in Arizona, the organization was the first in the nation to receive Crisis Center Accreditation from the American Association of Suicidology.
“Teen Lifeline saves lives daily,” said Jeff Fields, immediate past president for the Teen Lifeline Board of Directors, in a prepared statement. “Without a doubt in my mind, lives will be saved because of this donation and outreach opportunity.”
Teen Lifeline aims to reduce youth suicide in Arizona by 50% by 2030 with the efforts of the community’s continued support without barriers to help as programs are free.
“When calls and texts are answered, we are able to help promote a positive path to turn around whatever issue is happening,” said Fields. “I would like to thank Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale for its overwhelming support of the ongoing mission of Teen Lifeline.”
The generous contribution on behalf of Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale will allow teens in Arizona to continue seeking support they need, according to the release.
The D.R.I.V.E. initiative has donated $5,000 to nine other charities including:
The dealership invites customers, friends, and families to join in donating each month to the selected locations. Go to: teenlifeline.org/donate. Teen Lifeline is a nonprofit that relies on support from the community. An 11th charity will be announced in upcoming weeks, with another $5,000 check to follow.
For help, call or text Teen Lifeline at 602-248-8336 (TEEN) or 800-248-8336 (TEEN), added the release.