Fulton County High School students in crisis situations now have an easy way to get in touch with a licensed professional. The Fulton County School system has partnered with the Text 4 Help program and is rapidly expanding the program to high schools in the district.
What is Text 4 Help?: Text 4 Help allows teens to reach a licensed clinician via text message. The clinician will respond within three minutes, 24 hours a day.
Is it anonymous?: All text messages are sent through a cloaking service to ensure the anonymity of the student.
Which schools have access to the program?: While the school system intends to extend the program to all 19 Fulton County high schools, it is available at the following schools right now:
- Alpharetta High School
- Banneker High School
- Cambridge High School
- Chattahoochee High School
- Johns Creek High School
- Langston Hughes High School
- Milton High School
- Roswell High School
- Tri-Cities High School
How is the program funded?: The program is being paid for by a grant from the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority.
What can the service be used for?: According to Fulton County Vice Chairman Bob Ellis, the Text 4 Help service can help students in a wide range of crisis situations.
“Kids may be in crises ranging from academic issues to substance abuse to depression, and Text 4 Help could be the lifeline they need,” Ellis said.