Teens counsel fellow teens at Hastings High School 15 Oct 13

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) – A group of Hastings High School students want their fellow teens to realize they don’t have to face life’s difficult challenges alone.

Following the death of one classmate in a car accident and two suicides last year, nearly two dozen students launched the school’s new Peer Helper program this weekend.

KARE-TV reports school counselors selected students based on their ability to listen, lead and help others.

Peer helpers underwent training and gained counseling skills to help with the challenges that face many teens. The issues range from grief, relationships, depression, abuse, eating disorders and suicide to everyday struggles from schoolwork to college searches.

Jake Kelly, a Hastings senior, says students will always face hardships, but the new program can help overcome them.

Information from: KARE-TV, http://www.kare11.com