TXT4Life

From TXT4Life.org:

“TXT4LIFE started in 2011 in the seven-county northeastern region of Minnesota, led by Carlton County Public Health and Human Services, in collaboration with area school districts, mental health centers, Reservations, and Canvas Health/Crisis Connection Crisis Center. Locally, conversation about further suicide prevention efforts had been taking place to look at systematic changes that would help reduce the suicide rate in the region. Around the same time, a local youth suicide spurred on the involvement of students who gave crucial input into the process. A grant application was put together and later funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Garrett Lee Smith grant program from 2011-2014.

TXT4Life now is a service of Canvas Health, a Twin Cities 501 (c)(3) non-profit. TXT4Life regional coordinators give presentations about the service and provide training and outreach throughout Minnesota.

The Richfield-based TXT4Life center is equipped with software that allows for up to 500 individual text conversations between trained counselors and users. The center operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The TXT4Life program works in partnership with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL: (800) 273-8255), which answers lifeline calls from Minnesota area codes.

TXT4Life Partners include: Minnesota Department of Human Services, Wilder Foundation, University of St. Thomas, St. Cloud State University, Bemidji State University, Northwestern Mental Health Center, Stellher, Inc. , Carlton County Public Health and Human Services, Western Mental Health Center, Southwestern Mental Health Center, Central MN Mental Health Center, Educational Message Services, and HealthPartners.”

Youth have been reached through TXT4LIFE school presentations, within each the seven counties by the program coordinators for the project. The goal for TXT4LIFE program coordinators is to advance information about the critical need for help and support to be available to teens that are contemplating suicide or suffering from other serious mental health issues.
At these presentations, information is gathered from a sampling of the student and adult audiences to determine school and community resource people, trusted by students, who should receive follow-up training in Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR), developed by the QPR Institute, and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), developed by LivingWorks.

Student groups have been established in regional schools, to continue the spread of information and awareness, and provide students with trained peers to talk to in a time of need.

Events (contact a Coordinator for more information):

  • For a list of upcoming trainings, please visit the TXT4Life website,www.txt4life.org or contact a coordinator: Meghann Levitt, 218-878-2846 | meghann.levitt@co.carlton.mn.us

TXT4LIFE receives statewide funding!
The 2013 Omnibus Bill, passed on May 17th, states, “$625,000 in fiscal year 2014 and $625,00 in fiscal year 2015 is for a grant to a nonprofit organization to establish and implement a statewide text message suicide prevention program.  The program shall implement a suicide prevention counseling text line designed to use text messaging to connect with crisis counselors and to obtain emergency information and referrals to local resources in the local community. The program shall include training within schools and communities to encourage the use of the program”.

For more information about the funding, and the plans for expansion, read the 2014 TXT4LIFE Annual Report.

 

For more information, please visit the TXT4Life website here, or contact one of the following:

Program Coordinator: Meghann Levitt, 218-878-2846 | meghann.levitt@co.carlton.mn.us

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