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Friday, January 18, 2019

Text 4 Help

The school district, with the help of Fulton County Commissioner Bob Ellis, has established an anonymous crisis texting line for teens.

The program, called Text 4 Help, can help students reaching out for advice on issues ranging from academic stress to depression to substance abuse. The program 
includes Alpharetta, Banneker, Cambridge, Chattahoochee, Johns Creek, Langston Hughes, Milton, Riverwood, Roswell and Tri-Cities High Schools.

Through the program, teens can connect with a licensed clinician who will respond within three minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students just need to text their message along with their school’s unique code to the number 1-844-823-5323. Texts are routed through a cloaking server to ensure anonymity.

“[Teens] certainly live in an electronic world and are comfortable with that medium, but I also know many of them have reticence about coming forward and sharing stuff with parents and others about the challenges that they’re facing,” Ellis said.