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

If you would like a presentation or materials contact Sheri Nelson at or call 605-274-1406.

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


If you’re interested in receiving Text4Hope materials for your high school,
or if you would like to schedule a presentation for your students,

please contact Sheri Nelson at