Crisis Text Line International
WHERE WE OPERATE
We’re launching Crisis Text Line in Canada with our partner Kids Help Phone! We need amazing Canadians over the age of 18 to apply to become Crisis Responders, be accepted, and complete training. If you’re a Canadian resident, click here to learn more.
IMPORTANT NOTE: 741741 is the shortcode for Crisis Text Line USA. We will announce details for reaching a Crisis Responder in Canada when the service is live later in 2018!
Coming soon! We’ll post updates when we’re accepting volunteer applications!
WHERE ARE WE GOING NEXT?
Due to overwhelming demand and a genuine passion to help people in crisis everywhere, Crisis Text Line is expanding outside the USA! We are committed to launching one Crisis Text Line per country.
WHY DO GLOBAL STANDARDS MATTER?
WHAT IS AN AFFILIATE?
One per country. An independent entity committed to delivering free, 24/7, text-based crisis counseling services for one country that shares our vision and principles.
Independent. Affiliates are responsible for their own fundraising, volunteer recruitment, texter marketing, governance, and everything that goes into running a great organization.
Non-discriminatory. This matters to us. Crisis Text Line affiliates will serve all individuals regardless of issue, age, race, religion, political belief, sexual orientation, gender identity…you get the idea. We’re here for ALL people in pain.
Financial viability. This is a serious endeavor. Before launching a Crisis Text Line, affiliates should have the funding to run a national text service for at least two years.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN AFFILIATE?
Fast track. Build on the knowledge, practice, and technology that we’ve developed over the past 3+ years!
Technology & Accessibility. You’ll utilize our crisis counseling platform, real-time algorithms and analysis tools that help improve the service and the world. You’ll benefit from our integrations with Facebook, Youtube, and other major technologies.
Training & Best Practice. We’ll give you our training materials, supervision manuals, and best practice to tailor to your country context.
Brand & Community. We have generated lots of press and established partnerships across multiple sectors. Affiliates are a part of our brand and can leverage our reputation and relationships to attract funding, partners, and positive press.
Support. We’ll provide technical advising and oversight of your text line. We want you to succeed and we’ve got your back.
Impact. Perhaps most importantly, by becoming an Affiliate, you are part of a global solution to support people in crisis everywhere.
What can you do now?
Start to consider the following:
Current landscape. Do crisis counseling services exist in your country? If so, how are they delivered and what does utilization look like?
Demand. Is there demand for a text-based crisis counseling service? Talk to your friends, family, neighbors, etc. Ask them what they think.
Stakeholders. Who are the important players in the crisis counseling space? How should they be involved in the establishment of a text line?
Mobile coverage. What does mobile coverage look like in your country? What percentage of mobile phone users utilize text message and messaging apps?
Accessibility. How would you provide text services free of charge to the user? Who are the major mobile providers in your country? Would they waive fees for texters?
Organizational structure. Who would you work with? How would you most effectively leverage existing resources to make Crisis Text Line a success in your country?
Funding. Where would you raise the funds to launch a Crisis Text Line in your country?
If you have questions about Crisis Text Line’s international expansion that are not answered on this page please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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