This can be a difficult time of the year for some folks, and I count myself among them, but wouldn’t it be great if you could just reach out and text someone?

Well, you can! The Crisis Text Line staffs trained counselors 24/7 who offer free support by text. All you have to do is text START to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis. Then a live, trained counselor will respond to your text quickly and help you through the crisis you are experiencing.

When you arrive at the site, you’ll find a scrolling featured content section where you can find links to How It Works and ┬áthe TED Talk I’m linking below.

You can learn more about how the text line was created with this TED Talk with Nancy Lublin, or this article from the New Yorker.

You’ll also find a button you can click in order to volunteer to be a counselor. The requirements to apply are: consenting to and passing a background check (that means no felonies and no violent or sex offense misdemeanors), have a valid social security number, be 18 years of age, have access to computer with reliable internet, agree to their code of conduct, and the willingness to commit 4 hours of your week for a year. Counselors go through thorough training before extending their services to the community.

I don’t have the time to commit to this now, but I will probably volunteer after I graduate. In the meantime, I’m going to promote the heck out of this service!

http://www.crisistextline.org/

~Amanda