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Nov5
2015

We’ve Partnered With Crisis Text Line: Text TWLOHA to 741-741

By To Write Love on Her Arms

Your mind is racing and your stomach is in knots. You want to pick up the phone and talk to someone, but you’d much rather send a text message.

Now you can do just that.

Crisis Text Line offers free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Crisis Text Line to connect you with a trained, compassionate counselor.

How does Crisis Text Line work?

  • You text keyword “TWLOHA” to 741-741 when in crisis. Anywhere, anytime.
  • A trained crisis counselor receives the text and responds quickly.
  • The crisis counselor listens and helps you through your crisis using Crisis Text Line’s secure platform. The counselor can even help connect you to more resources.

Help us spread the news by sharing our keyword with those you care about. To find more 24-hour helplines, counseling centers, and support groups, head to our Find Help page.

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Comments (84)

  1. Beth

    This will be a wonderful tool. A few years ago I called a crisis line and asked begged to tell me why I shouldn’t follow through and commit suicide. They say and I quote ” I can’t tell you not to commit suicide”. Luckily I had a friend who was able to intervene and get me to the hospital. I swore I would never call a crisis line again. I prayer would be that your Crisis text line will give other the opportunity to receive support without having to beg the person on the other end of the phone. Hearing another human beings voice of someone who didn’t understand the emanate danger and plea for help nearly sent me over the edge. A text that I could read and re-read would be a great comfort to me and those who suffer.

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  2. Kari

    I’m scared….

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    1. Claire Biggs

      Hi Kari,

      We’re so sorry to hear that you’re scared right now. Please text Crisis Text Line or call one of our 24-hour helplines if you need to talk to someone right away. https://twloha.com/find-help/local-resources/

      If you need some words of encouragement, we’d love to send some your way. All you have to do is email us at info@twloha.com.

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    2. Darquetta

      Hi Kari,

      I know you don’t know me but I want to share my blog with you if you don’t mind. I could send it to you if you want, you can email me at darquettachanel19@yahoo.com

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  3. Darquetta

    What if I am not in crisis and perhaps just need someone to talk to? Who could I turn to?

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    1. Kelai-Rae

      You can defiantly text in if you just want to vent. It is not just for people that are in crisis. I am a volunteer at CTL.

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  4. emmelia

    i sent a message to this crisis line a half hour ago and i still have not gotten a response.

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    1. Rebecca

      Hi Emmelia,

      I volunteer at CTL and would like to apologize for the wait times, our texter volume has been heavier lately due to the holidays. This can unfortunately lead to increased wait times. As soon as a counselor is available they will be able to take your call, thank you for reaching out!

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  5. micaela johnson

    this is wonderful. you guys have always been a big part of my life and you guys seem to always find ways to help me keep moving forward I appreciate you

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  6. Hanna

    Hi my name is hanna and am from ethiopia. I have a problem of suicide. I always think about it whenever i fell on my class and i got depressed after that.

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    1. Claire Biggs

      Hi Hanna, We’re so sorry to hear that you’re struggling right now. Would you mind emailing us at info@twloha.com? We’d love to send you some words of encouragement.

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  7. Mikelah

    What if I’ve been seeing a counselor but am struggling with my “homework”?

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  8. emmelia

    it has been a week and i haven’t even gotten a reply.

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  9. Alleigh

    I`ve delt with depression and self harm for almost 3 and a half years. I`ve talked to many people on this for a couple months. All of them tried to help me; that’s something not a lot of people do.

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  10. Sean herman

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  11. Camille

    This is fantastic. I will definitely be turning to this in the event that I have an episode. Thank you, thank you.

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  12. G.

    This is AMAZING!

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  13. Sheri

    Does the patient have to be 18 or older to speak with your counselors? My Goddaughter is 14 and truly struggling with life. Recently she’s graduated to _____ (superficially) and one it seemed true threat to ______. Unfortunately, her parents have been dealing with her “drama” for so long. that they’ve labeled her a drama queen and written off her misbehavior as anything other than that. They’ve also stopped her therapy because it was expensive and didn’t, in their eyes, seem to be making any difference. Is there any way your counselors can help her?

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  14. alli

    is it safe to talk to someone

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  15. alli

    is it safe to talk to someone I’m always scared they will try to send me somewhere

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  16. Tot

    I’ve texted u guys twice and nothing…

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  17. Tot

    I’ve texted twice and no response….

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  18. Dominic, Aniekan

    Hi!
    I am so stunned to know that site exists.
    I am Dominic, Aniekan Joshua from Nigeria.
    I stumbled on the movie TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS and I bought it like ajy other movie, only to find out what really it is about. I am very happy to learn about your existence and I wonder if there’s is anywhere one could partner with you to bring hope and help to those in Nigeria who sincerely need the help. I burn with a passion to help make the world a better place or at least a conducive place where people, especially young people could lead ideal lives and transfer same to their posterity.
    I would so love to hear from you.
    I got to know about your existence because of the speech of Jamie at the end of the movie.

    Love…Dominic.

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  19. Sam

    This comment could not be shared due to the nature of the message.

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    1. Claire Biggs

      Thank you so much for sharing part of your story with us.

      TWLOHA is not a 24-hour helpline, nor are we trained mental health professionals. TWLOHA hopes to serve as a bridge to help.

      If this is an emergency or if you need immediate help, please call and talk to someone at 1-800-273-TALK or reach out to the LifeLine Crisis Chat at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/LifelineChat.aspx“. We also have a list of local resources and support groups on our FIND HELP page. Please know that we also respond to every email we receive at info@twloha.com.

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  20. Anon

    Does this actually help or do they just tell you to cool the cops or go to a hospital?
    In serious need of some uplifting words.

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  21. Alejandra

    Vi la pelicula me encanto vivo deprimida pero se q debo seguir adelante gracias

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  22. jnapoli

    Absolutely Spectacular!!!!! Kudos & Blessings!!!
    Thank y’all for allllll you do

    <3

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  23. Cathy

    Tears in my eyes, the story is so true to all who have addictions from hurt and history in our lives.

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  24. Corazon

    is the crisis text line for anyone in any country?

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  25. Giannina

    This comment could not be shared due to the nature of the message.

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    1. Claire Biggs

      Thank you so much for sharing part of your story with us.

      TWLOHA is not a 24-hour helpline, nor are we trained mental health professionals. TWLOHA hopes to serve as a bridge to help.

      If this is an emergency or if you need immediate help, please call and talk to someone at 1-800-273-TALK or reach out to the LifeLine Crisis Chat at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/LifelineChat.aspx“. We also have a list of local resources and support groups on our FIND HELP page. Please know that we also respond to every email we receive at info@twloha.com.

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  26. Unknown girl

    Hola.. tengo 17 años y soy bulimica, problema de depresion, baja autoestima y.. muchas otras cosas de las que me cuesta hablar. Tienen razon cuando dicen que los secretos te enferman… tarde 5 años en decirle a mi familia la verdad que escondia… y siento que no tengo a nadie con quien hablar ya que nadie de los que conozco podrian entender lo que es vivir con dolor…

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    1. Claire Biggs

      Hi there!

      We encourage you to get the help you need. We hope you find someone you can talk to – a family member, a friend, or someone in your community – who will understand.

      We’d love to send you some encouragement. Will you email us at info@twloha.com?

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    2. Emilia

      Hola! Veo que este comentario es de hace un mes, y espero de todo corazón que te encuentres bien. Entiendo por lo que estás pasando. Si buscas a alguien con quien hablar por favor no dudes en escribirme a hello@emiliaigartua.mx

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  27. MissD

    Hey, I think what you do is great! Many people are shy, like me, and don’t reach out to anyone because of shame…
    Is it free (SMS/text message) even if we live in Europe? Do we need to add some numbers like 000 or something before 741741 ?
    Thank you for everything you do! You make us feel like you care and we’re not alone!

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  28. Jamie

    I still can’t bring myself to send the text.. I feel as if my problems aren’t as important and I’m scared that i wont be able to answer questions that i will be asked.

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  29. Kelli stewart

    This comment could not be shared due to the nature of the message.

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    1. Claire Biggs

      Thank you so much for sharing part of your story with us.

      TWLOHA is not a 24-hour helpline, nor are we trained mental health professionals. TWLOHA hopes to serve as a bridge to help.

      If this is an emergency or if you need immediate help, please call and talk to someone at 1-800-273-TALK or reach out to the LifeLine Crisis Chat at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/LifelineChat.aspx“. We also have a list of local resources and support groups on our FIND HELP page. Please know that we also respond to every email we receive at info@twloha.com.

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  30. kimberli Kocherhans

    I have been following TWLOHA for about a year and just found this. I will try to muster the courage to use this service it and pray it is really ok. I am a high-risk client and have been hospitalized many times. I am trying to stay alive as I work through 21 years of sadistic abuse and torture and my behavior is alarming. I tend to isolate because I don’t want to overwhelm the angels who dare support me, and don’t want to be hospitalized again because that limits my ability to meet with my therapist. I am in a mess but trying to fight through every day. Every day I wake is a chance at least. But sometimes that is very hard to do. I pray it is ok to, on occasion, seek your help. Thank you for the ways you bring hope and light to the darkness of such despair. God bless you!!!!!!

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  31. Abigail

    I’m Abigail.
    I’m depressed…. I’m in crisis.
    I can’t send a text because i live outside of the States..
    I’ve always preferred writing online…
    The gap between me and failure is overwhelming, unbearable…
    What’s worth ? Am i even worth something

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    1. Claire Biggs

      Hi Abigail,

      We’re so, so sorry to hear that you’re depressed and in crisis right now. Please reach out to someone and ask for help – a friend, family member, or someone you trust in your community.

      We also list resources here: https://twloha.com/find-help/local-resources/.

      Although we are not mental health professionals or crisis counselors, we do want to assure you that you are worth something. In fact, you are worth everything.

      Please stay. Please get the help you need and deserve.

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  32. Madison

    Is it okay to vent if I need it?

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    1. Claire Biggs

      Hi Madison,

      We answer every email we receive at info@twloha.com, and we’d love to hear from you.

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  33. Cassandra

    Hi I was wondering if this was only for the USA or if Canadians could text to? This would be amazing to have access to.

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  34. Carina

    Hey – I’m from Germany and I wanted to ask if it’s possible to text with Crisis Text Line from Germany
    It would help me very much at the Moment
    thx and much love ♥

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  35. Amanda

    This comment could not be shared due to the nature of the message.

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    1. Claire Biggs

      Thank you so much for sharing part of your story with us.

      TWLOHA is not a 24-hour helpline, nor are we trained mental health professionals. TWLOHA hopes to serve as a bridge to help.

      If this is an emergency or if you need immediate help, please call and talk to someone at 1-800-273-TALK or reach out to the LifeLine Crisis Chat at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/LifelineChat.aspx“. We also have a list of local resources and support groups on our FIND HELP page. Please know that we also respond to every email we receive at info@twloha.com.

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  36. Tiffany

    Is this only for people living in the US? I am living in China at the moment, I tried texting 741741 but the message didn’t get sent.

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  37. Jess

    Would they send me some where or send the police if I say that I feel like I want to self-harm? My only support system called the police once because I had an urge and I have nobody to talk to now.

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  38. Francisca

    hello , my name is Francisca , I’m Chilean , I had a rehabilitation of six months and I’m afraid to go back to lose and all to lose confidence in me, I do not want to eat I do the best I can I would like some advice, I want to stay in time and not suffer again

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  39. Jessica

    This is amazingly awesome. Soooooo need some help for this terrible scatterbrain 🙁

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    1. Jessica

      Hopefully quick

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  40. Nacha

    This comment could not be shared due to the nature of the message.

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    1. Claire Biggs

      Thank you so much for sharing part of your story with us.

      TWLOHA is not a 24-hour helpline, nor are we trained mental health professionals. TWLOHA hopes to serve as a bridge to help.

      If this is an emergency or if you need immediate help, please call and talk to someone at 1-800-273-TALK or reach out to the LifeLine Crisis Chat at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/LifelineChat.aspx“. We also have a list of local resources and support groups on our FIND HELP page. Please know that we also respond to every email we receive at info@twloha.com.

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  41. Tamisiea Lange

    This crisis line has saved me. Thank you.

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  42. Leah E

    You are not alone. People need other people.

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  43. Leah E

    Hope is real. Help is real. People need other people.

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  44. Leah Elsner

    Hope is Real. People need other People.

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  45. Sierra

    Is there someone I can talk to about moving on from a relationship that has caused me to be depressed?

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    1. TWLOHA

      Hey Sierra,

      Thank you so much for inviting us into this part of your story. We want to help you talk through these heavy things you’re feeling and hopefully offer you some encouragement. Please feel free to message us at info@twloha.com

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  46. Viola Garcia

    What if I’m struggling with my depression but not thinking of committing suicide? I just need someone to talk to. Could I still text that number?

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  47. Viola Garcia

    What if I’m struggling with my depression but not feeling suicidal? Can I still text the crisis text line?

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    1. Claire Biggs

      Hi Viola,

      Yes, you can!

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  48. Gabby

    i tried but don’t have the money….sorry.

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  49. Tiffany Singh

    hi amm I don’t know where to begin. I am from a Caribbean country name Guyana. a lot people don’t know abt it. but I was wondering if u could help me out with my depression, eating disorder and the 1 that I am of and I think I will do almost everyday is suicide.

    My name is Tiffany and I always been this outspoken person pretty much down to earth and around my friends and loved ones I am always happy and cheerful but to tell u the truth I am hurting inside.

    My mind is always telling me that I am never full. Eat more eat more and I do because I don’t know how to control the voices. and when I stand in the mirror every morning I tell myself I am too fat for anyone to love me.

    Before I knew it I feel into a stage of depression. and I was confused didn’t know what to do so I just ate more. it made me feel a little happy but after I while I could not control it. I got fatter and fatter and I hated so I start hating myself.

    when I was 12 my parents got separated and I felt lost at that age all I wanted to do is play have fun and be exactly like my older sister. but all fairytale comes to an end and mined did when my dad moved out so I started cutting myself to make me feel happy and trust me when I tell you this I did. but I didn’t relies what I was doing to myself.

    I am 22 now and I still cut myself or hurt myself when a guy uses me or hurts me or when I feel I am too fat because I cant stop eating and I just hit a stage that makes me feel that I can drink away my problems.

    I know this is much but I am scared and i don’t want to me my love ones because I don’t want they looking at me different I just want me normal. I want to be pretty I want to be thin and I want to be loved is that much to ask for? if it is I am sorry but I need someone to listen. Thank you.

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    1. TWLOHA

      Tiffany,

      Thank you so much for reaching out to us. Thank you for showing strength in sharing your story with us. It’s an honor to be invited into these parts of your life, and we want you to know that your courage and light are so apparent to us. We want you to know above all else that we hear you. You are not alone. We’re with you, Tiffany. We want you to know that your story matters. We want you to know that even your hardest days do not make you any less. That you still have purpose. That better days are still possible. That better days are still ahead. Please know that your pain matters. Please know that it is okay to not be okay. But also know that it is okay to reach out to others. It is okay to let others help carry those hard days for you. There is nothing you have to apologize for. We would love to talk with you more, and offer you encouragement and resources. If you’re comfortable with it, please reach out to us at info@twloha.com so we can talk with you more. Keep fighting, Tiffany. We believe in you, and we’re on your side.

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  50. me llamo Natalia

    Hola, soy de Perú, vi la película de renne, tengo 18 años, y también estaba con conflictos en mi vida como la. Adicción de cortarme los brazos y fumar marihuana, que me gustaba mucho , pero sola pude salir de eso, mi familia no sabía nada de lo que me pasaba, nadie sabía que fumaba marihuana, nadie sabía q me. Cortaba, pero cuando me vine a vivir con mi tía seguía fumando marihuana seguia cortandome, porque tenía una depresión grabe, que en mi gritaba y me desesperaba, pero cambie mucho cuando viví con mi tía, mi tía no me deja salir mucho, y eso me hizo dejar de fumar marihuana y de cortarme. Lo dege poco a poco, ahora estoy recuperándome sola, mis cortes se están curando, ya seran 3 meses que no he vuelto a fumar marihuana, y estoy bien.

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  51. Adroaldo

    Tenho tudo mas estou sempre com medo

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    1. Claire Biggs

      Adroaldo,

      We’re so sorry that you’re afraid right now. Is there someone in your life you can reach out to and talk to about this? A friend or family member or someone else you trust?

      It can be lonely when you feel that way, but please know you aren’t alone. We’re on your side, Adroaldo. We believe in you, and we want you to feel safe and happy and whole. Please talk to someone about how you’re feeling.

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  52. Tarishi

    Even in India?

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  53. Ninguém

    “Estou me afogando”

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    1. TWLOHA

      Entendemos que la vida puede ser difícil ya veces desalentadora. Pero esperamos que encuentre la voluntad de quedarse y seguir luchando. Hay esperanza. Y no estás solo en esta pelea o en esta vida. Si alguna vez necesita hablar con nosotros directamente, póngase en contacto con nosotros en info@twloha.com. O, usted puede texto “TWLOHA” a 741-741 para ser conectado a un consejero entrenado vía la línea del texto de la crisis. Por favor quédate. Cuida de ti mismo, encuentra consuelo en tus seres queridos, y nunca te rindas.

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  54. Angie

    I’ve been struggling with depression, anxiety & self harm for many years. I’m afraid to talk to anyone about it. Will everything I text be confidential? Like just between the crisis counselor & I?

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    1. TWLOHA

      Hi Angie. Everything shared with Crisis Text Line is anonymous and confidential. They are trained crisis counselors just like any other, and are there to help you in those moments.

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  55. Juliane S.

    Oi, meu nome é Juliane, sou brasileira, dia 12/ 02/ 2017, acabei de assistir ao filme….
    Obrigada por esse filme lindo, por essa história incrível que está me fazendo chorar até agora… obrigada por não assistirem a dor dos outros de braços cruzados…. obrigada por não acharem que transtornos emocionais e de humor são bobagem… eu já estive bem pior…tentei me matar duas vezes em 2012… sofri com traumas familiares… mas hoje eu estou melhor… bem melhor. Talvez curada seja uma palavra forte, mas com certeza eu consigo administrar melhor meus sentimentos graças a Jeová Deus.
    Tenho uma amiga e uma irmã que passam atualmente por problemas tratados no filme, e isso me tocou profundamente…
    A esperança vive dentro de mim.
    Obrigada por serem amor em meio ao ódio…
    Obrigada por serem um pontinho de luz em meio à escuridão…

    Translation
    Hi, my name is Juliane, I’m Brazilian, on 12/02/2017, I just watched the movie ….
    Thank you for this beautiful film, for this incredible story that is making me cry so far … thank you for not watching the pain of others with your arms crossed …. thank you for not thinking that emotional and mood disorders are silly … I was already worse … I tried to kill myself twice in 2012 … I suffered with family traumas … but today I’m better … a lot better. Maybe healed is a strong word, but I can certainly manage my feelings better thanks to Jehovah God.
    I have a friend and a sister who are currently experiencing problems dealt with in the film, and that touched me deeply …
    Hope lives within me.
    Thank you for being love in the midst of hatred …
    Thank you for being a speck of light in the darkness …

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  56. Militza

    Hi! My name is Militza (mili it’s more simple), I live in Chile, that’s the reason why i write very bad.. In the year 2014 i was a suicidal person, I cut my arms why that’s make me feels good because I had many problems according to me . My grandfather and my grandmother was dead, my teacher tried to abuse me, my dad was lose de job, my mom was sick and very sad for my grandparents. All the this things they led me to make mistakes. I feels very identificated with that history. Today, in the year 2017 I tried to forget all and started again. I a new and good person. Thanks for take a time and read that. (if you read ha ha ha)

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  58. Vee

    What if I’m afraid to reach out for help?

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    1. Becky Ebert

      Don’t be afraid, Vee. These people want to help you. You are not a burden. Your struggles do not need to be kept secret. People need other people.

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  59. Dena

    We’re so glad you’re doing this! God bless your efforts as you help many who are hurting today.

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  60. Judy Goyette-Marsh

    Is this service available to Canadian teens as well. I am an in-home support worker and just learning about this.

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    1. Becky Ebert

      Hi Judy!

      Thank you for reaching out! Crisis Text Line is only available in the United States, however, we do list resources similar to it on our Find Help page that are specific to Canada: twloha.com/find-help Just scroll down to the bottom of the page to find resources outside of the U.S.

      With Hope,
      TWLOHA

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