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Officials: Crisis Text Line Has Helped Over 200 Ohioans

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Officials say a statewide partnership with a national crisis text line has resulted in the “active rescues” of 243 Ohioans in danger of harming themselves or others. reports that the Crisis Text Line connects people in stressful situations with a trained crisis counselor via text message. Ohio residents can text “4HOPE” to 741741 and are expected to receive a response within five minutes.

State officials began working with the Crisis Text Line in September and have since launched a campaign to raise awareness of the free service.

The three top text subjects in Ohio are depression, suicidal thoughts or behaviors, and stress.

Nancy Lublin founded the privately-funded nonprofit. She says the service was aimed at younger people but is open to everyone.