Text messaging has become a more comfortable and common form of communication for many situations – technical support, pet care advice, and now for crisis management.

If you, or someone you know, is feeling really depressed or suicidal, you can text a crisis worker.   To use the service text the number 741741 with the message HOME. A compassionate crisis counselor will respond and begin a conversation with you.

To keep from forgetting the number, you can save it as a mobile contact.

Many people do not like talking on the phone and are more comfortable texting, especially some young people. It’s a free service run by The Crisis Text Hotline!