Model & Strategy

Crisis Text Line (CTL) serves anyone in crisis, providing them access to free 24/7 support and information they need, via a medium they already use and trust: text message. CTL uses new technology to address the age-old and poorly addressed issue of teen mental health. On the CTL platform, teens text one universal number which connects them to volunteer counselors across the country who are trained to offer support and professionally supervised. CTL is also able to capture data about adolescent mental health issues in the US, with the aim of improving the standard of care.

CTL is the only nationwide, free, 24/7/365 text line. No other response organization that converses with teens via text serves youth nationally, at all hours of the day, all days of the week, and all weeks of the year, for free. Additionally, CTL’s data is open and free to the public.

At a Glance
Founded: 2012
Former CEO: Nancy Lublin
Health
Location of work: Domestic, Northeast, West Coast, Midwest, Southwest, Southeast
Crisis Text Line
New York, NY
Support for people in crisis, 24/7
Nancy Lublin Crisis Text Line
Meet Nancy Lublin

Nancy began her career by founding Dress for Success, an innovative welfare-to-work organization. Under Nancy’s leadership, Dress for Success grew to more than 140 affiliates in 14 countries, suiting over 1 million women. Nancy then took on the CEO role at DoSomething.org, implementing a turnaround that took the company from fledgling to thriving. DoSomething.org is now one of the biggest youth organizations in the world. When DoSomething.org began communicating with teenagers over text, the teenagers began opening up about their personal lives, many times about challenges they were facing at home or school. Nancy then realized the need for Crisis Text Line.

Nancy has been recognized by awards such as the Aspen Institute’s Crown Fellowship, Fast Company’s Social Capitalist Award, Forbes Magazine’s Trailblazer Award, and as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.  She was also recently named on Fortune’s “Worlds 50 Greatest Leaders” list. Nancy studied politics at Brown University, political theory at Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar and has a law degree from New York University.

IMPACT

Crisis Text Line currently supports more than 5,000 conversations with texters in crisis each day; 145 million texts have been exchanged since operational launch in August 2013.

Each day, Crisis Text Line triggers about 40 active rescues, calling 911 to reach someone at imminent risk of suicide or homicide.

Crisis Text Line News

  • To learn more about mental health in the Native community, check out the Suicide Prevention Resource Center at… https://t.co/LGz6JlNZdm
  • We’re looking for English/Spanish bilingual people to join our community of volunteer Crisis Counselors to launch t… https://t.co/m3nUkEc7YO
  • "I know what depression looks like for me, trust me. But what does that mean to you? How does that look like? Becau… https://t.co/vUEue4stMk
  • RT @rachdixkessler: Suicide isn’t easy to ask or talk about, but it’s something that crosses thousands of people’s minds. To honor my dad’…
  • We’re all people at the end of the day, and deserve to prioritize our mental health and well-being regardless of wh… https://t.co/Wi3Tz55mJL
  • (Repost from @butyoudontlookill) July is Disability Pride Month. Living with chronic illness, disability, or any ph… https://t.co/Fro65cmXlj
  • "It's always important to the person I'm with know that I see you and I hear you, and that's done verbally and non-… https://t.co/wIFrraB8uG
  • Setting boundaries to protect your well-being is important. You can to say "no" to things.
  • “Check up from the neck up. And don’t just say ‘good.’” - Charlie Lucas, Co-Founder, @NotOKApp
  • RT @TWLOHA: @yallmessedup Sometimes the brain, brains as much as it can. We need to remember to give ourselves time, patience, and care. To…
  • Establish yourself as a safe place to land for people whenever they need it, not necessarily always when you ask, b… https://t.co/mY9T2SYBUm
  • RT @CrisisTextLine: Sundays can be nerve-wracking, but you can get through this. Our trained Crisis Counselors are always here to help you…
  • Your trauma is not your fault.
  • Positive affirmations you deserve to hear: • You are needed • You deserve love • You have purpose • Your problems m… https://t.co/ekbKtNqh5a
  • Mental health check-in time! Pause for a moment and take a break to hear these reminders courtesy of… https://t.co/nQeACctsVt
  • Sundays can be nerve-wracking, but you can get through this. Our trained Crisis Counselors are always here to help… https://t.co/eRNMQTs8vl
  • "There are people who can help, and there is usually light at the end of any tunnel." Speaking up about mental hea… https://t.co/8LsVRDc7JY
  • RT @SportsCenter: Naomi Osaka has a suggestion for how athletes' mental health could be handled.