Texting added to Wis. Center for Suicide Awareness

HopeLine aimed at teens and young adults who are more likely to text than call

The Center for Suicide Awareness is now offering help through text messaging.

The new service, called HopeLine, is aimed at teens and young adults who are more likely to text than pick up the phone to call for help.

The La Crosse County Mental Health Crisis Program sees about 400 calls each year relating to teens. County officials hope the texting line will be a way to get involved sooner.

“Often times when there is a crisis related to a child, it’s been initiated through some text message that they’ve given to a friend or a family member who has then gone on to call law enforcement or us to respond to that. So we do see them using texting and social media as a way to reach out,” said La Crosse County Mental Health Crisis Program Donna Christianson.

You can text HopeLine to 839-863 for help. This is the first text crisis line in Wisconsin.

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