Crisis Text Launches for Deaf
To help those in crisis who are deaf, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services' "CrisisText" service has officially launched. The service is available 24/7 and is intended to increase access to support for those who have these special challenges, are in crisis and might be thinking about suicide.
The Suicide Prevention Center's "CrisisText" is a confidential and secure service that provides live help with a trained counselor to prevent suicide through text messages.
The service is funded by the Mental Health Services Act through the Orange County Health Care Agency’s Prevention and Intervention Division, Mental Health Services Act/Prop 63.
"Crisis Text's" step-by-step instructions are simple to follow. Users text the word “HEARME” to the number 839863. They will receive a message confirming that they have successfully reached the Suicide Prevention Center. Once they have connected with the center, the rest of the conversation is conducted in a texting format.
Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in crisis can also call the crisis telephone line at 877-727-4747. The line is available 24/7 and can assist callers or their loved ones in English or Spanish via operator assisted relay services.
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