Help from a Counselor Just a Text Away

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National Safe Place created TXT 4 HELP Interactive, which allows youth to text live with a mental health professional, based on research that says youth seeking help for difficult situations are more likely to look for information electronically than in person. Any youth can text the word "SAFE" and the address of their current location to 69866 and receive the address for the closest Safe Place site and a contact number for the local youth shelter. This automated response will now also prompt users to reply with "2CHAT" to be connected immediately to a mental health professional.

Additional Resources

NCFY Recommends: Hotline Numbers Every Youth Should Have

Bright Idea: Give Youth a 'Safe Place' to Go

Q&A: How Fresno's Safe Place Program Gets Everyone Into the Business of Helping Youth

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