The app After School and the Crisis Text Line are working together to provide support for at-risk kids. After School, which allows high school students to anonymously share posts with other students at their school, sends a pop-up to teens who post about suicide, cutting, pregnancy and other potential crises to alert them about how Crisis Text Line might help. Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support for those in crisis (Text 741741).
This includes the loss of a loved one or peer. According to After School, this accounts for just under 1 percent of the chat received via the After School App.
This accounts for about 2 percent of the After School-related referrals and includes all forms of self-injury, including cutting.
Just under 3 percent of conversations between After School users and crisis counselors are about bullying, according to After School and this includes, of course, cyber-bullying.
Over 3 pecent of crisis chats through the After School app feel isolated from others, including friends and family.
Four percent of the students referred to the text line by After School are dealing with “intentions or thoughts of suicide.” Crisis Text Line counselors work with these young people to provide support during these critical times. After School says that many lives have been saved as a result of these interventions.
Whether it’s dealing with divorce, fighting with siblings or parents who may be abusive to themselves or others or just day-to-day annoyances, it’s hard for any teen to escape “family issues.” Over 5 percent of the Crisis Text Line chats from After School stem from family issues.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Teen depression is a serious mental health problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities.” I Need a Lighthouse says that about one in five kids will experience depression before adulthood. 7.5 percent of After School’s referrals to the Crisis Text Line where due depression.
Approximately 8 percent of After School based messages result from teens’ stress and anxiety. Causes include tests, college applications, relationships and family issues.
There can be a lot of “drama” associated with teen friendships, which account for 9 percent of the issues raised by After School members on Crisis Text Line.
This is the big one and it probably comes as no surprise that nearly 20 percent of the After School related crisis chats deal with romantic relationships.