Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network offers text-message support line

Feb 23 2017
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Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network offers text-message support line

By: Amelia Ferrell Knisely

More people in Tennessee die by suicide each year than from homicide, AIDS or drunk driving, according to the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network.

The organization has launched a Crisis Text Line, a free, 24/7 text-messaging support line for people in crisis, to help anyone in the state. People in Tennessee can text “TN” to 741-741 to access a trained crisis counselor who can provide imme-diate support and referrals for suicidal thoughts, anxiety, depression, child and domestic abuse, substance abuse, eating disorders, human trafficking and more.

"Not everyone in crisis is comfortable verbalizing their problems or talking to relative strangers on the phone. Meanwhile, many teens and young adults – a high-suicide-risk population group – use their phones for texting instead of talking," said Scott Ridgway, TSPN's Executive Director. "The Crisis Text Line offers an alternative means of contact for people who might not reach out for help otherwise.”

TSPN reports 950 Tennesseans die by suicide each year. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among youth and young adults ages 15-24 in Tennessee and for the United States at large.

The Crisis Text Line, established in 2013, trains volunteers to support people in crisis, and has processed nearly 40,000 messages. Tennessee specific data can be viewed on The Crisis Text Line’s website

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