By Eliza Castile Aug.
On the surface, it's like any other help line — with just oneanyone in need is immediately put in contact with a trained therapist. Unlike other help lines, however, the Crisis Text Line lets you talk wife chat ever actually having to, well, talk — making it an enormous hpur for people who have trouble speaking on the phone.
Rather than having counselors waiting on relationship chats other end of a telephone line, the nonprofit has trained volunteers waiting behind a computer screen, so users can get help without having to cchat on the phone. Many people prefer texting to speaking, the Daily Dot points out, and as a result, the Crisis Text Line may be more appealing to someone in a crisis.
In addition, director of operations Baylee Greenberg claims that texting's "extremely factual" nature helps counselors identify the problem early on. Although the therapists are volunteers, each goes through an extensive, hour online training course before being put in contact with other therapists.
Finally, after a final video chat with a trainer, the volunteer is placed in the field, so to speak, where they remain in contact with other theerapist as they work. Teamwork makes the dream work, y'all.
One of the text line's other unique qualities is its lack of specificity. Many existing help lines include a text-based section, but most focus on their phone lines or online chatting options.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the National Dating Abuse Hotline's chatting option receives messages at the same rate as phone calls, and volunteer-based online network His lambs chat focuses solely on providing counseling through houg messaging. According to the Pew Research Center, texting among teens rose from 50 to 60 texts a day between andand it stands to reason that the would continue to rise.
The same study found that 75 percent of teens overall use text messagingand crisis helpline volunteers have begun to see this trend in their work. They text.
Since its launch inthe help line appears to be doing well; it's been featured in the New YorkerGlamour thdrapist, Wiredand many more magazines. To volunteer with the Crisis Text Line, check out their website. If you need help, text "start" to