Catching Our Breath
16 October 2013
Taking a few minutes to catch our breath...
We'll be back on going through outstanding silent auction items, processing payment for those who left early and wrapping up all details.
We will get back to you with a final number in terms of funds raised for Teen Lifeline within a couple days.
We did want to thank all of you that came out and supported! We appreciate you taking time out to help make the event fun and to raise money for Teen Lifeline.
We also wanted to thank those who donated but couldn't come. We know this is a crazy week with all the other conferences and events going on so we greatly appreciate your support.
And we want to thank all of our amazing sponsors and volunteers!
We will do a proper thanks shortly here after we catch up.
So thank you to all of you who made Twestival Phoenix 2013 a great event!
@chrislee and @aussieheather
Why You Should Attend Twestival Phoenix Tonight!
15 October 2013
Tweet, Meet, Give. Sounds simple enough right? Twestival Phoenix (#twphx) is occurring from 6-10pm TONIGHT (Tuesday, October 15h) at The Clayton on The Park in Scottsdale.
This is a 100% volunteer run event. All money raised will benefit the valley's own Teen Lifeline, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides crisis counseling to teens and youth in need. Social media is fun, it’s educational, it connects us, it helps us communicate, but it can also be used for good.
10 reasons you should attend Twestival Phoenix
It’s for a great cause! Help Teen Lifeline & your local community!
It’s fun! We routinely get very positive feedback from Twestival attendees.
The drinks! Each attendee receives a drink ticket with their admission, which is good for use at the Clayton on the Park's bar. Additional drinks will be available for purchase.
Food! Twestival Phoenix will have complimentary bites on hand from Posh Restaurant, Crepe Bar, Joe’s Real BBQ, Pittsburgh Willy’s, Orange Table and Butter & Me!
Network! Twestival Phoenix attempts to draw together everyone in the Phoenix social media community. Meet new people and conversate with old friends.
Win prizes! Twestival Phoenix will be running a raffle and giving away a slew of prizes to attendees. Tons of gift certificates, gift baskets and prizes from local area businesses will be handed out.
Silent auction! Twestival Phoenix will feature many high value items & services in the silent auction. This is your chance to pick up some very cool stuff at huge discounts, all the while supporting a great cause.
Get a cool t-shirt! You have the option of purchasing a slick Twestival Phoenix 2013 t-shirt, customized with your name or twittername.
Participate in a Global event! You'll be joining thousands of people around the globe, all to support charity. We'll be livestreaming video of the event as well.
Check out The Clayton on the Park! This is an awesome event space that most people haven't visited yet. This is your chance to scour the facilities and have fun!
Please attend Twestival Phoenix!
Please come! Please bring some friends! Purchase tickets here. We also need help spreading the word. Please tweet, Facebook status update or whatever else you can think of to help make people aware of the event.
We hope to see you tonight!
Pain Does Not Discriminate
13 October 2013
Fourteen year old Janelle called Teen Lifeline in April. She was given Teen Lifeline’s phone number from her junior high school counselor. She was seriously contemplating suicide. She rated herself “off the scale’ on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 indicating very serious and constant suicidal thoughts). Her plan to commit suicide was to take a large quantity of pills from her mother’s medicine cabinet.
Janelle stated conflict within her family, problems at school, and loneliness as factors related to her current feelings of depression. Her parents are divorced and she does not have regular contact with her father. She currently lives in a blended family consisting of her mother, stepfather, and siblings. Janelle talked about problems with her stepfather and reports he has been verbally and physically abusive. She self-disclosed a history of sexual abuse by family members. Janelle discussed feeling lonely because her mom would not allow her to associate with her best friend.
The Teen Lifeline counselor who took the call assessed Janelle’s risk for committing suicide. She was considered high risk for suicide because she had a complete suicide plan with availability to the method (medicine cabinet). Increasing her risk was that this was not the first time she had attempted killing herself. The Peer Counselor attempted to make Janelle promise not to harm herself, however she was unwilling to contract because she did not want to make a promise she could not keep. The Supervisor on shift initiated a trace of the call. The Peer Counselor remained on the phone with Janelle until the police arrived. Janelle agreed to call back the next day and terminated the call. Janelle called the following day and notified the Peer Counselor that the police called out a Mobile Team Unit. Janelle also stated that she felt it was very helpful for her to talk to the Mobile Team Unit. The Peer Counselor made arrangements to follow-up with Janelle.
Janelle was going to stay with her grandmother in Tucson. Her grandmother did not have a phone so the Peer Counselor had to wait for Janelle to call back. She called back within three weeks. She and her family felt that spending time with her grandmother would allow her to be able to work things out. Janelle still would not contract or rate herself on the scale. The Peer Counselor gave her the 1-800 number and Janelle promised to call back in a week. Janelle did call back in a week and at this time she contracted 3 times. She also rated herself a 2 on a scale of 10. Janelle was feeling better and stated she would call Teen Lifeline in two weeks to notify the Peer counselor about how she was doing in her current situation. Everyone felt that Teen Lifeline’s involvement and support for Janelle made a difference.
Come out to Twestival Phoenix and help us support Teen Lifeline's efforts!!!!
This Tuesday at 6 pm!!!