Online chat. Teen to Teen.
Being a teenager isn’t easy. We know, we’re teens too. And we’re here to chat about anything and to support you through a tough time.
IM Hear_ is the teen-to-teen online instant messaging program of our Befriending Services. It is dedicated specifically to providing online emotional support and to the prevention of suicide among teens. Begun in 2012, this teen online chat service provides confidential peer support and understanding to teens who are struggling with feelings of depression, loneliness and stress. When trained Samariteens (volunteers between the ages of 15 and 18) are available, IM Hear_ will operate Monday through Thursday from 6pm – 9pm. Samaritans is working diligently to build the capacity to offer this service on a consistent basis as well as to increase the hours of availability.
There are a million reasons to feel alone. Samariteens are available to talk about any of them. Users of the IM Hear_ chat service do not have to be feeling suicidal, and most are not. Here, teens can receive support, respect, acceptance and tolerance – for whatever reason they call.