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Posted on: January 13, 2017

Crisis Text Line Now Available for Ohioans

Crisis Text Line
What is Crisis Text Line?
Crisis Text Line provides free support at your fingertips, 24/7. It is a free, confidential service available via text on mobile devices. It is intended to broaden the options available through current community crisis hotlines. Crisis Text Line’s goal is to move people from a hot moment to a cool calm.

Any person may need help in coping with a stressful situation. Crisis Text Line believes that everyone who reaches out for help deserves a human response. No one should feel alone. Crisis Text Line is there any time, day or night, to help those in need.

How does Crisis Text Line work?
Anyone should feel free to use Crisis Text Line. It serves all ages. An individual may text the keyword “4HOPE” to 741741 and expect a reply from a trained Crisis Counselor within five minutes. The message is confidential, anonymous and secure. Crisis Text Line does not charge texters if your cell phone plan is with AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or Verizon, and nothing will appear on a phone bill. If your plan is with another carrier, standard messaging rates apply, and the short code 741741 will appear on your billing statement. An algorithm reviews text for severity and messages that are determined to be from someone at imminent risk are placed at the top of the queue.

Crisis Text Line in Ohio
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has entered in to a contract with the national Crisis Text Line to provide Ohioans with a state-specific keyword to access its free service. Throughout Ohio, individuals can text the keyword “4HOPE” to 741741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor. This keyword was originally chosen by the Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Board. The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA) is working with OhioMHAS to roll out statewide promotion of this state-specific keyword.

See attached flyer for more details about the Ohio Crisis Text Line.
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