Messages Sent To Crisis Text Line From Frightened LGBT Teens Have Doubled Since Trump's Win
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Since the election results came in last night, the amount of messages sent to the Text Crisis Line has doubled. According to new data provided by Text Crisis Line, the majority of senders are "scared members of the LGBTQ community." More than 5 percent of the texters mentioned anxiety in relation to family disagreement over the election.
In a press statement, Liz Eddy, the director of communications for Crisis Text Line, said that this is the first time that the organization has seen a surge like this, specifically following a political event. However, an estimated 88 percent of texters said that connecting with the hotline was helpful. The whole purpose of Text Crisis Line is to "help people move from a hot moment to a cool calm, guiding you to create a plan to stay safe and healthy." The texter is always the highest priority.
Crisis Counselors at Text Crisis Line are available 24/7. Approximately 91 percent of the texters were responded to within five minutes, and this number includes “high severity” texters who were connected to a person on the phone within 39 seconds.
We highly encourage those who need support during this difficult time to send a message to the Text Crisis Line at 741-741. You can also volunteer to become a Crisis Counselor here.