Think of it like 911, but it's going to be a national text hotline.
1. Support by text for teens in crisis, including counseling and referrals to partner orgs that focus on mental health, suicide, bullying, dating violence, eating disorders, rape, etc to make sure we provide best-in-class support to teens.
2. Leverage the data to impact communities, policy, academia, etc. (Of course, the privacy and security of the teens is our top priority.) The anonymized data can help tell clear stories about these often silent issues.
My name is Anastasia Goodstein and I have been creating media by, for, with and about teenagers for the past 15+ years. When I published my book, Totally Wired: What teens and tweens are really doing online back in 2007, I realized that the internet and mobile were enabling teens to express way more emotionally than they ever would in person. Sometimes the responses might be supportive, other times self disclosure could lead to bullying online or off. What was missing was the connection with support and resources in the moment when a teen might be in pain and needing help the most. After launching and running the youth culture site Ypulse.com for several years, I decided I wanted to focus on how I could address this issue full time. I spent the last two years working at ReachOut.com, an amazing non-profit youth mental health resourced, where I heard about Nancy Lublin's TED talk. I knew I had to get involved.
Quite simply, the Crisis Text line will use text messaging to connect teens with support and resources. We want to create a national (and ultimately international) infrastructure to ensure that teens can use SMS to get help 24/7. I have spent most of my career in the teen space in large part because my own teen years were especially challenging. Talking to my peers and writing in my journal only helped so much. I am passionate about the possibility of launching a service that could potentially help millions of teens through the immediacy, privacy and intimacy of texting.By donating to this project, you will help that teen who is being bullied and feels they have no where to go. You will help the teen who is being sexually abused at home or the teen who has struggled with depression and is feeling suicidal. Your dollars could literally save lives.
We'd like to raise $15K to help fund the customization of our mobile platform so that we can connect with crisis lines across the country to answer the texts that come in.
Anyone who donates $5K will receive 2 tickets to the Do Something Awards Ceremony on August 19 in Los Angeles (airfare not included).
We also have DoSomething Tees for anyone who donates $50 (modeled by our Crisis Text Line summer intern Lindsey).
Any funds we raise will be applied towards getting this important project off the ground. Your donation to the Crisis Text Line is tax deductible under the fiscal sponsorship of DoSomething.org, a 501c3 charitable organization.
Nancy says her first activist campaign was liberating the purple crayons in pre-school after one loud boy had declared them “not allowed for girls.”
Nancy graduated from Brown University, Oxford University (where she was a Marshall Scholar), and New York University School of Law. She is married Jason Diaz and they have two kids who like water parks, ice cream, and broccolli (but not at all once).
Even if you can't contribute cash, you can definitely help us get the word out to others about this campaign (use the share tools!), and just send us your ideas. Find out more at our website - http://crisistextline.org/help-make-it-happen/.