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is the Crisis Text Line?
are in the data?
Data for Oregon
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
thoughts, Depression and Family
thoughts, Stress, and Anxiety
Thoughts, Stress, and Anxiety
Issues, Family Issues, and Depression
Abuse. Depression and Family Issues.
Depression, Suicidal Thoughts, and Stress.
Abuse, Suicidal Thoughts, and
- Anxiety, Depression and Family Issues.
Suiicidal Thoughts, and Stress.
Familty Issues, and Stress.
Looking at the
percentage of crisis texts that happen between 10pm and
4am, on some of these topics, is shocking.
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
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Line releases trends and data
Text Line is a service that
troubled teens can use to find help with suicidal thoughts,
depression, anxiety, and other issues via text messaging.
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. (Theres 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
its 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.
What is the Crisis
When a young woman texted DoSomething.org 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
more willing to text. Texting 741741 is a way to text
anonymously with a crisis counselor."
What are in the
Most data on mental health and crisis are survey data
collected after the fact. Its 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.