Feb 13, 2012 11:36 AM by David Ortiviz

Young men start advice blog to counsel teens in crisis

Kids in crisis may be seeking advice from the boys next door. Two young men in Pueblo recently started an advice blog called Hopeline for Teens.

Danny Manes and Gary Ramirez don't have any professional training, but they say their life experiences make them relatable to teens. Ramirez was picked on in school and Manes for a time was a bully. "I didn't want to see that pain on anyone else again," said Manes. "I saw how much a human can be brought down by just words," he added.

"We're not professionals and we know we're not, we're just teens reaching out to teens," said Ramirez.

The young men are credited with recently saving the life of a suicidal teenager on Facebook.

Tonight at News 5 at 10 p.m., reporter David Ortiviz has more on their story and we ask are they qualified to counsel? A professional from the Pueblo Suicide Prevention Center weighs in with her thoughts.

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