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Crisis Text Line: Battling for Mental Health

Kassidy Barber

Posted on September 9, 2019 17:34

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Crisis Text Line continues to fight for mental health as the scope of their abilities and reach continues to expand.

In early 2017, my application to become an official Crisis Counselor with Crisis Text Line (CTL) was accepted (since only 33% of applicants made it through this process, I was excited that they saw something special in me). I found this organization after watching a Markiplier charity stream for it back in 2016. Their mission really resonated with me, as I knew many people in my own community who had faced massive struggles with mental health issues.

 

 

 

CTL, in short, provides free, 24/7, confidential support to people in crisis in the US, UK, and Canada. Since a lot of people have anxiety about talking to people over the phone, CTL's service is entirely text-based. The Crisis Counselors that people connect with all go through a month-long training seminar in order to prepare them on how to work with texters who have all kinds of struggles from suicidal ideation and gender identity struggles to bullying and anxiety.

As someone who's been volunteering with CTL for a while, I can tell you with certainty that so many people just want someone to listen to them, that a sounding board will make their entire experience, whatever it may be, less painful to endure. Being able to just talk about it can make the difference between someone forging on or giving up. We Crisis Counselors try to act as a beam of support to those who text in and may not be able to get that support anywhere else. 

Though I've been relatively inactive in my volunteering for a few months due to my own personal battles, I've been keeping up with CTL's progress. They've had many massive leaps forward in terms of volume of volunteers and people texting in, advances in the geographical locations they can reach, and have even had many famous figures endorse the service (specifically from Prince William when CTL launched in the UK recently).

They never stop trying to help people, and now they've got another item on their agenda: mental health awareness in education.

Check out a new act that is being proposed to help students all across the U.S. have better access to mental health resources:

"The Improving Mental Health Access for Students Act (H.R. 3912 / S. 1782) seeks to improve access to suicide prevention resources for college students by adding the numbers for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Crisis Text Line, and a campus mental health center or program to school ID cards nationwide."

CTL and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) are encouraging people to message their representatives to get this act passed, which may just save lives. Now, I want to encourage you to do the same. Whether you or someone you know has been affected by mental health issues, or if you just want to help others out, check out the link above and help get this bill passed.

Mental health is among the most important topics of discussion in modern society. I believe we have an obligation to do anything we can to help those who are struggling.

This is why I will always have respect for CTL and their sustaining efforts to champion change in mental health practices.

Kassidy Barber

Posted on September 9, 2019 17:34

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