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Baggage and This Was Me

Boys Town:

Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders, innovators, and hope for the future. While some children have many opportunities to shine in these areas, others don’t, because they are struggling to survive poverty, abuse, neglect, and families in crisis. Regardless of a person’s background, race, or religion, Boys Town believes that everyone deserves the chance to reach their full potential.

Unfortunately, even with the many young lives we save and change, there are still far too many boys and girls who could benefit from our help but don’t know how to find it. We hope you can help increase awareness to those youth (and their families) who need the unique assistance our Hotline services provide. 

We have grown to become a national organization that reaches communities from coast to coast, and our scope has expanded to include in-home family counseling, health care and programs to rebuild at-risk schools.

One of our services, provided free of charge, is the Boys Town National Hotline®, a 24/7 crisis hotline for kids and parents. It provides a website specifically for teenagers called .  For 30 years, the Boys Town National Hotline® and its extended services have been answering the call when children and parents need immediate, professional, and compassionate assistance, answering 150,000 calls, emails, texts, and chats a year.

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Every family has their challenges, their issues and their baggage. You can’t always see it but it’s there all the same. Boys Town wants parents to know that they don’t have to hide it – and they don’t have to face these challenges alone. Parents across the country can visit for valuable guides, downloadable parenting tools, and expert advice. Whether the baggage is big or small, Boys Town can help lighten the load, so parents can get back to the things that matter. For any age, any stage.

This Was Me
This PSA, titled “This Was Me” – urges teens who are suffering from depression – a growing epidemic in recent years – to take the first step leading to recovery. We meet a teen girl sitting alone in her high school bleachers. She looks lonely, confused and depressed. We hear her thoughts as she laments that her friends seem to be having more fun. She shares that her parents try to cheer her up, but nothing seemed to work. She transitions forward from her gloomy outlook into an amusement park setting, where she now rides a thrilling roller coaster, laughing and waving with friends. Her thoughts now strike a different, more upbeat note, as she talks about her recovery process, jump-started by visiting She urges other depressed teens to visit this site. She reminds young viewers that they have the strength to get their lives back, if they take the first step with

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