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Offering troubled kids a lifeline online

KidsPeace launched a revamped website

N. WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - Offering troubled kids a lifeline online is the goal of Schnecksville based KidsPeace's Teen Central website.

Missing someone. To be a teenager is to be misunderstood. No one cares if I do drugs. Topics of turmoil for many teens, and the Teen Central  therapeutic website address them all.

"It's a handcrafted therapeutic response," KidsPeace therapist Thes Godshalk said. "So it gives intervention, validation of those feelings and question of exploration for that youth."

The site has been online for nearly 20 years, but it's been updated and was re-launched on Wednesday.

"We hope to Impact youth and to connect with them and offer them  safe place to talk through issues and concerns," Godshalk said.

Godshalk a licensed therapist who led the project. The sit, which attracts up to 100 users per day,  is now  easier to use, offers more content and tools and is open to anyone.

If a topic is trending, Godshalk said advice and content blogs can be added.

"Nice thing about our website is it gives youth who may not have any resources or support in that area, a voice, a safe place to bounce ideas around," she said.

Communications Director Bob Martin said a number of school districts have reached out in having the website be a learning tool for them.

"Especially kids in ninth (grade), in a new high school environment," Martin said. "Some anxiety concerns, and Teen Central can be an important part for kids to move forward."

A teen may have hard time talking about an issue, but finding this anonymous  site is easy at teencentral.com.

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