TXT 4 HELP

TXT 4 HELP is a nationwide, 24-hour text-for-support service for teens in crisis.


TXT 4 HELP works anywhere in the US, and extends access to safety for teens.  TXT 4 HELP can be used for the same reason a young person may go to a Safe Place site - abuse, bullying, family problems, depression, suicidal thoughts, and others.  The TXT 4 HELP counselors can provide support via text, and can offer additional suggestions for immediate help regardless of where you are.

Here’s how it works:

  • Text the word “safe” and your current location (city/state/zip) to 69866.

  • Within seconds, you will receive a message with the closest Safe Place site and phone number for the local youth agency.

  • For immediate help, reply with “2chat” to text interactively with a trained counselor. 

It’s quick, easy, safe, and confidential.  TXT 4 HELP is a free service offered to all youth in crisis.
*Messaging/data rates apply.
* If there is not a Safe Place in your community, you will receive information on the closest youth service organization.

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