- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Officials say a statewide partnership with a national crisis text line has resulted in the “active rescues” of 243 Ohioans in danger of harming themselves or others.

Cleveland.com (https://bit.ly/2jfUYRH ) reports that the Crisis Text Line connects people in stressful situations with a trained crisis counselor via text message. Ohio residents can text “4HOPE” to 741741 and are expected to receive a response within five minutes.

State officials began working with the Crisis Text Line in September and have since launched a campaign to raise awareness of the free service.

The three top text subjects in Ohio are depression, suicidal thoughts or behaviors, and stress.

Nancy Lublin founded the privately-funded nonprofit. She says the service was aimed at younger people but is open to everyone.

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Information from: cleveland.com, https://www.cleveland.com

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