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Sarasota County Schools Provides Crisis Text Line Awareness Campaign to Help Students in Need

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Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that suicide is now the second-leading cause of death for children ages 10 to 18. Many sources cite that schools are a hub for connecting teens to valuable preventative resources. In addition to existing mental and behavioral health services, the district’s Crisis Text Line Awareness Campaign will ensure that Sarasota County’s middle and high school students have even more wraparound services available to them. Created by child advocate Nancy Lublin, Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7 support system for those in crisis. Users can text 741741 from anywhere in the US to instantly start a text conversation with a trained Crisis Counselor. The organization has processed over 62 million messages to date, and notes that 75% of their users are under the age of 25 and 10% of their users are under the age 13.

Sarasota County Schools (SCS) will place several informational signs in high-visibility areas on campuses, such as main hallways and restrooms. These signs will direct students to text the keyword “HERE4U” in their initial message, enabling the service to track trends to better inform Sarasota County Schools about student needs. SCS is proud to partner with Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation to launch the Crisis Text Line Awareness Campaign for the 2018-2019 school year.

“We deeply appreciate this investment from Barancik Foundation,” commented Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Mental and behavioral health has come to the forefront of conversation nationwide, and it is important that our students have many resources to meet their needs. Our students need to know that help is always available. We are optimistic that our Crisis Text Line Awareness Campaign will connect students to an experienced counselor, enabling them to express themselves and overcome any challenges that would keep them from fulfilling their potential.”

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