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Breaking the Silence: YouthLine serves as critical resource for teens in need

YouthLine is a crisis and support line made up of teen volunteers. Volunteers say struggling youth reach out because they just want to be heard. By listening, volunteers are helping save lives.

Morgan Romero

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Oregon is facing a crisis surrounding death by suicide, and our youth are not immune.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 10-24 year olds in the state. Suicide rates in Oregon have remained higher than the average rate in the U.S. for the past decade, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

This week, KGW is participating in a collective movement with media across the state to break the silence, and help prevent death by suicide. In that effort, we are highlighting an incredible resource for struggling teens based in Portland.

YouthLine is a crisis and help line affiliated with Lines for Life, and made up of teen volunteers.

It's one of only a handful peer-to-peer lines in the world.