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NR-07.25.17-CrisisText 
July 25, 2017 

College Launches Crisis Text Line for Students

For College of the Canyons students grappling with mental health issues, immediate support is now just a text away.

Thanks to a new collaboration between the Crisis Text Line, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, and the Foundation for California Community Colleges, COC students can receive support from trained Crisis Text Line counselors by texting “COURAGE” to 741741. 

The confidential support is free and accessible 24/7. 

“About half of adults will experience a mental health challenge over the course of their lifetime according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” said Larry Schallert, assistant director of the Student Health and Wellness / Mental Health program at the college. “We hope this text-based resource further supports the mental health and wellness initiatives of the Student Health & Wellness Center at College of the Canyons.” 

Twice a year, the college hosts a Healthy Lifestyle Resource Fair to better assist students and community members with various issues, including mental health. The college also strongly supports the national Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK, for students experiencing mental distress. 

Crisis Text Line is a United States not-for-profit organization providing free crisis intervention via SMS message that can be used for all crises such as LGBTQ issues, cyberbullying, suicide, and anxiety. The organization has over 3,000 trained Crisis Counselors who complete a 34-hour training and have 24/7 supervision by full-time Crisis Text Line staff.