Crisis Text Line

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Anyone who can text can text the Crisis Text Line at 741741 and they will be connected to a trained crisis counselor.

Anyone who fills out a 30-minute application, consents to a background check, and completes the 34-hour web-based training can be a trained crisis counselor for the Crisis Text Line.

Is this a good idea to turn to a minimally trained volunteer when you are in the middle of a crisis?

Maybe no, maybe yes.

Maybe no, because, in the Rochester area, you could call 211 and speak with someone who is much better trained and has backups in place to visit you in your home if more help is needed.

Maybe yes, if calling 211 seems scary, or if you can’t be overheard, or if texting just seems more natural to you than talking.

Is it a good idea to volunteer to be a crisis counselor for the Crisis Text Line?

Maybe yes, maybe no.

Maybe yes, if you’re looking for a way to help people out.

Maybe no, if you have your own stuff to work on and this would just be a distraction.

Click here to read more about the Crisis Text Line.

I’ll tell you one thing about the Crisis Text Line which is an unqualified positive. After each text, the volunteers send data to Crisis Text Line headquarters about what the crisis was about. The center uses the information to spot trends and emerging social calamities.

Click here to see what they are seeing.

Published by Keith R Wilson

I'm a licensed mental health counselor and certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor in private practice with more than 30 years experience. My newest book is The Road to Reconciliation: A Comprehensive Guide to Peace When Relationships Go Bad. I recently published a workbook connected to it titled, How to Make an Apology You’ll Never Have to Make Again. I also have another self help book, Constructive Conflict: Building Something Good Out of All Those Arguments. I’ve also published two novels, a satire of the mental health field: Fate’s Janitors: Mopping Up Madness at a Mental Health Clinic, and Intersections , which takes readers on a road trip with a suicidal therapist. If you prefer your reading in easily digestible bits, with or without with pictures, I have created a Twitter account @theshrinkslinks. MyFacebook page is called Keith R Wilson – Author.