People of Color

The Steve Fund and Crisis Text Line are partnering to support the mental health and well-being of young people of color.

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Right at this moment, there are students of color who are suffering emotionally, academically, and in some cases, face serious risk because population-specific factors influencing their mental health are poorly understood and not acted upon.

Research shows that students of color are significantly less likely to seek psychological support when faced with mental illness.

In support of this mission, the Steve Fund is partnering with Crisis Text Line to use text messaging as a means to improve access to crisis counseling for young people of color. We view text messaging as a key component of our strategy to address the unmet mental health needs of young people of color.

Through this initiative, we are raising awareness of this free service and establishing partnerships with colleges and universities, students, non-profits, researchers, practitioners, and with groups serving diverse populations. It’s free, easy to use, and can make the world of difference to someone in crisis.

What are we doing?

First, we’re training young people of color to become Crisis Counselors with Crisis Text Line. Next, we’ll spread the word! We’ll ensure people of color across the country know Crisis Text Line is here to support them. Want to get involved (we had a feeling you might!)? Here’s how:

  1. Apply to become a crisis counselor
  2. Complete and graduate from training

  3. Join our community of 2900+ volunteer crisis counselors completing 4 hours of crisis counseling weekly.

Here’s everything you need to know to get involved:


Our  diverse community is full of students, post-grads, retirees, Veterans, members of the Deaf/hard of hearing communities and many more. We come from all backgrounds, ethnicities, professions, abilities, and walks of life. Our best Crisis Counselors are dedicated, passionate about what we do, and open to learning.

However, we’re picky. Only 30% of applicants become crisis counselors.



The application takes less than 30 minutes to complete. It allows us to get to know you, and you to get to know us!  We require a background check and two references (yeah, we really want to get to know you!). We’re always accepting new applications and try to get back to you within two weeks of receiving your application and references.

Please note: the experience of supporting texters in times of crisis may bring up your own difficult feelings, especially if you have personal experience with any of the issues that our texters face. With a solid support systems and self-care, these triggers can be managed and avoided by many of our crisis counselors. We ask anyone using mental health services currently to discuss this opportunity with their care provider(s) before applying.

Click HERE to start your application.



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