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Crisis Text Line releases trends and data
What is the Crisis Text Line?
What are in the data?
Trend Data for Oregon

Each category below represents 100% of the texters for that particular topic. For the year 2016, the next top three issues discussed consistantly by more than 20% of the texters are:

Bullying - Suicidal thoughts, Depression and Family Issues.
Depression - Suicidal thoughts, Stress, and Anxiety
Eating Disorders - Suicidal Thoughts, Stress, and Anxiety
LGBTQ Issues - Relationship Issues, Family Issues, and Depression
Physical Abuse - Sexual Abuse. Depression and Family Issues.
Self Harm - Depression, Suicidal Thoughts, and Stress.
Sexual Abuse - Physical Abuse, Suicidal Thoughts, and Depression.
Stress - Anxiety, Depression and Family Issues.
Substance Abuse - Depression, Suiicidal Thoughts, and Stress.
Suicidal Thoughts - Depression, Familty Issues, and Stress.

Looking at the percentage of crisis texts that happen between 10pm and 4am, on some of these topics, is shocking.

Future projects (Note: The data are available on-line for the following additional issues. It takes about 2 hours to tabulate the information per topic in the format as shown for the first ten of eighteen issues. There's more to come.)

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Family Issues
Friend issues
Health Concerns
Relationship Issues
School Problems

Related Issues: Crisis Text Line, Emergency Services, Semicolon Campaign, 741741, Zero Suicides/Attempts, Secrets No More - We would like you to check this out and participate if you will.

Crisis Text Line releases trends and data

Crisis Text Line is a service that troubled teens can use to find help with suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, and other issues via text messaging. The long-term hope was to anonymize and encode these text messages so that researchers and policy-makers could better understand something typically kept private to the individuals.

Following through, the organization recently released a look into their data and a sample of encoded messages. (There’s a link to download the data at the bottom of the page.)

The visual part of the release shows when text messages typically come in, and you can subset by issue, state, and days. It could use some work, but it’s a good start. Hopefully they keep working on it and release more data as the set grows. It could potentially do a lot of good.

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What is the Crisis Text Line?

When a young woman texted with a heartbreaking cry for help, the organization responded by opening a nationwide Crisis Text Line for people in pain. Over 20 million text messages later, the organization is using the privacy and power of text messaging to help people handle addiction, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, sexual abuse and more. But there's an even bigger win: The anonymous data collected by text is teaching us when crises are most likely to happen — and helping schools and law enforcement to prepare for them by using technology and data to help save lives.

Statistics show that.."Only 5% of teens are willing to call phone crisis lines, but they're
more willing to text. Texting 741741 is a way to text anonymously with a crisis counselor."

What are in the data?

Most data on mental health and crisis are survey data collected after the fact. It’s people remembering. Data harvested from Crisis Text Line calls are people in their greatest moment of crisis.

Information from over 31 million texts since August 13, 2013 are tabulated to provide up-to-the-minute information on what people, 72% which are teens in crisis, are in crisis about. The Crisis Text Line organization has determined that there are 18 major topics that come up. Say soemone texts that they were having suicidal thoughts. Over the course for the messaging time, the computer records which ones, if any of the remaing seventeen topics, came up in the conversation.

I have charted this information for seven of the 18 topics including the day of the week and the hour of the day by month of these texts since January 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017.

These data aim to empower journalists, researchers, school administrators, parents and all citizens to understand the crises Americans face so we can work together to prevent future crises from happening to reach our goal of Zero Attempts.