A 24/7 anonymous text crisis hotline offering emotional support for middle school and high school youth. We offer the only text hotline in the country that is fully anonymous, and that is supported by teams of licensed mental health counselors. Text-A-Tip is a service offered by LEAD (Linking Efforts Against Drugs), located in the Chicago area How It Works You will receive a community code that is unique to your community. You will then simply text this code (and your message) to the number 274637. If you’re not sure of your community code, just text the code 847HELP. Within seconds, you will receive an automated response, and within minutes a live mental health counselor will respond to your text. All messages are sent through a cloaking server located offsite that keeps the…
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Okay, we’ve got it: Not “What’s wrong with you?” but “What happened to you?” That explosive outburst? The child who cannot concentrate at school? The domestic violence survivor who is in a constant state of hyper-vigilance? Yes, most of us in family services are now able to recognize trauma-symptoms and respond with empathy… most of the time But what does it mean to be truly trauma-informed? For a start, it means that we have patience with others and ourselves as we seek to acquire the skills and attitudes of a trauma-informed practice. Calling out other people for being judgmental? Yes, this and many other ironies litter the path of learning this new language because we just so enjoy being right! It is easy to become smug or ‘preachy’ when we have all these…