History

Beginning: Jaunimo linija (Youth Line) launched its activity on 16/02/1991. Psychologist Dr. Kristina Ona Polukordienė brought together the first group of volunteers in Vilnius and taught them how to provide emotional support by phone. Youth Line in Kaunas began its activity on 12/11/1993, and in Klaipėda––on 01/07/1997.

E-mails: On 12/10/2002, Jaunimo linija began providing emotional support by e-mail messages.

One telephone number: Instead of three separate numbers for Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda, a single telephone number for all branches of Lithuania was introduced in December 2003–– 8 800 28888.

“Do not be Afraid to Talk”: In 2009, Youth Line together with Andrius Mamontovas, a famous musician and actor, started a suicide prevention initiative “Do not be Afraid to Talk”. Since then, hundreds of thousands of cards with key suicide risk signs were distributed and dozens of educational meetings were organized in various places across Lithuania.

24/7: On 13/07/2010, Jaunimo linija extended its working hours and has been providing emotional support round the clock ever since.

One organization: On 01/01/2013, Jaunimo linija Support Fund became the only organization responsible for Jaunimo linija activities. Until then, activities were organized by Youth Psychological Support Centre (in Vilnius), Kaunas Youth Line Association and Spiritual Guidance Centre for Young People (in Klaipėda).

Online conversations: On 02/12/2016, we began providing emotional support by online chats.