FULTON COUNTY, Ga. (CBS46)- Fulton County Schools and Fulton County Government have come together to help teens who may be suffering from stress and anxiety.
Initially launched in January 2018, The Text 4 Help Initiative is an anonymous crisis text line aimed at providing a valuable resource for students seeking support or an outlet to share concerns.
"We are so proud to be the first in the Southeast to launch the Text 4 Help program,” said Vice Chairman Ellis. “Many texting programs are designed for students to report safety concerns, but this initiative links them with a licensed mental health expert who can help them work through all types of issues -- academics, relationships, substance abuse and more. Youth now have someone to turn to round the clock who can offer them support and resources."
The program will be expanded to 10 schools including Alpharetta, Banneker, Cambridge, Chattahoochee, Johns Creek, Langston Hughs, Milton Riverwood, Roswell and Tri-Cities High School.
Text 4 Help’s on-demand mental health support is offered in a modality that is best suited for our students”, said Chelsea Montgomery, FCS executive director of Counseling, Psychological and Social Work Services.
When a school establishes a program, it selects a unique ID code that students can identify with to accompany the phone number. Texts are routed through a cloaking server to ensure anonymity.
The response team currently consists of licensed clinicians from CHRIS 180, an agency that contracts with the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health. Data is analyzed and shared on a quarterly basis.
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