We're experiencing high volume at the moment: a ton of people in crisis are reaching out for help. Some quick things to check out before you text in:
Take our quiz to find out if Crisis Text Line is the right resource for you in this moment, and get some suggestions and resources along the way!
What is a crisis?
1. A crisis is typically a moment of extreme emotional pain that gets in the way of living your everyday life. We're not a replacement for a long-term counselor or a best friend, or a service to use when you're simply bored. That said, we want everyone to feel comfortable texting us in a time of a crisis.
2. Simply “testing” our system takes up space in our queue, which may slow down the help that we are able to give to texters who are in immediate crisis. We're real; we promise! If you're curious about what the experience of texting in is like, see below!
How does it work?
Please note that we are not a replacement for counseling or long-term medical treatment. Our goal is to help you move from an emotionally overwhelming place to a sense of calm, at which point you feel ready to continue on your own.
What else can I do to cope?
Here are some ways to stay calm before you text. We're here for you if you're in crisis.
Journalate is an incredible confidential journaling resource. Check it out!
Get creative with This is Sand, a virtual sandbox for artistic expression.
4. Practice Mindfulness
What is mindfulness? Become more aware of yourself, where you are, and what you are doing. Be present and take in your surroundings slowly and calmly without allowing your thoughts and mind to overwhelm you.