‘Our youth are crying out for help:’ New text service provides mental health resources for youth
SALISBURY, Md. – In light of Mental Health Awareness Month, The Newton Street Community Center is looking to provide more resources to local youth with a new one right in the palm of their hands.
The center has teamed up with Safe Place to provide the first Txt 4 Help site on the eastern shore.
Safe Place is an outreach program for young people in need of resources, including finding shelter for those experiencing homelessness or tracking down safe zones in the area.
Youth can text SAFE to 4-HELP and within seconds be connected to a licensed mental health professional that can connect them to resources within the community.
Center personnel tell 47ABC, this is a way to bring more resources to the area and help many youth who many be in a crisis. “Connecting with Safe Place was that one resource. I always say it’s not the fix all but however it is a resource,” Community Program Coordinator Robert Reed said. “So we realized the need because our youth are crying out for help and they need resources. So this was that plug for the opportunity.”
Safe Place designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place sites, making help available 24/7 to youth when they’re in need.
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