A post in NPR’s Shots blog reports a pilot program being launched in NYC which allows teenagers to seek help with mental health issues by giving them the ability to send a text message to trained counselors. The idea behind the initiative is that if help was just a text away, teenagers might be less hesitant to reach out. Additionally, living in a digital era, teens are more outspoken on text than in phone conversations, and they may open up more to a counselor over text. Another advantage, counselors can work with local police to track down teenagers who appear to be in immediate danger. The program is currently being tested in 10 NYC high schools, and if it is successful it will be expanded into high schools citywide.
Read the post in NPR’s Shots blog.