Crisis support help is now only a text away

| August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Katie Copeskey
Volunteer Crisis Counselor
“I can’t handle it anymore, I’m ready to die.”

“My parents are fighting again, and I can’t stand listening to it.”

“I’m feeling really down and need someone to talk to.”

These are examples of how a conversation might start at the Crisis Text Line, which is the first national crisis-intervention line, available 24/7, that operates completely via text messaging.

Serving multiple issues
The Crisis Text Line covers all crisis issues: suicidal ideation, LGBTQ issues, abuse, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders and beyond. When someone is in immediate need of crisis support, they can send a text to 741741 and a trained crisis counselor will respond.

I am just one of over 1,500 trained crisis counselors who respond to texters in pain. I began training in February 2016 with an intense 34-hour online training program that prepared me to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm.

The skills I have learned in training are not only crucial to crisis counseling, but also useful in my personal and professional life.

Since March, I have texted with almost 300 people. I feel immense joy in empowering texters to determine the cause of the problems they are dealing with, developing solutions and/or coping strategies, and overall, aiding them in feeling hopeful about the struggle that they are experiencing.

With my background in psychology, I have found this experience to be one of the most rewarding ways that I volunteer my time. It’s only four hours a week with the option to split into two hour blocks. Every conversation is different. I am constantly learning more about myself as well as resources that can assist texters on a long-term basis.

My motivation for writing this article is not only to spread the word about the text line, but also to ask you to volunteer, too. Being a crisis counselor in Hawaii, we have an amazing advantage due to our time zone. The late night hours are a peak time for crisis. A texter may be struggling in Philadelphia, for example, at 1 a.m., which is only 8 p.m., here. Currently, there are only a handful of crisis counselors in the entire state of Hawaii.

You can have the ability to truly change lives. Join me?

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Check out the website for more information about the program: www.crisistextline.org/volunteer.

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