Text 2 Stop It - Pilot
Text 2 Stop it! has huge benefits in suicide prevention, particularly as it relates to our youth. In a recent pilot in Minnesota a suicide crisis center added text messaging to their 800 hotline as a means of reaching teens and your adults, the results were staggering.
According to Dave Lee, director of Carlton County’s public health and human services, “We looked at recent suicides, and we looked at what kids were doing prior to those suicides. They were texting people or they were on Facebook.” He went on to say, “The 800 number was getting between eight and 10 calls a month. Now that they have added text messaging we have about 400 text conversations per month.”
Why? Because this is how teens communicate. Minnesota is now looking to expand the program statewide.
Your Crisis Center
Option 2: Text will come into your suicide call center and you can engage those in need of help directly.
Thinking of hurting yourself? Get help Text HELPMEto 71441
to get help.
Text 2 Stop Suicide is promoted through posters, cards and other materials. Anyone can get help by texting a unique keyword, such as "HELPME" to reach out for assistance or information.
Text 2 Stop It - In the news
Option 1: Text 2 Stop It operators will engage resident and provide help resources.
The statistics on suicide are alarming:
• Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the
CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students
have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.
• Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University
• A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying.
• 10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the study above.
• According to statistics reported by ABC News, 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying.
Minnesota Crisis Center Pilot
“The 800 number was getting between eight and 10 calls a month. Now that they have added text messaging we have about 400 text conversations per month.”
Dave Lee - Carlton County