Teen Crisis Texting

The Helpline Center’s Text4Hope program provides crisis texting support for all high school students in the state of South Dakota. Since texting is the preferred means of communication for adolescents, offering a crisis texting program allows students to share their concerns privately with our trusted staff.

Students will typically text in to talk about a variety of issues such as suicidal thoughts, anxiety, depression, stress, concerns about a friend, relationship issues and family issues. With a simple text, individuals can connect with our professionally trained staff to receive support and resources.

The Helpline Center provides promotional materials (posters, referral cards) at no charge upon request for each high school to share with their students.

Text4Hope Materials Request

Helpline Center staff also provide short presentations to students to educate them about the texting program and suicide prevention. There is a speaking fee and travel expenses for the presentations.

If you are interested in a presentation, please contact Wendy Mamer at wendy.mamer@helplinecenter.org or by phone at (605) 274-1416.

Students can text icare to 898211 to reach Helpline Center staff. Help is available 24/7.