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 the TED Talk I’m linking below.
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!