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Crisis Text Line in Ohio
Any person may need help in coping with a stressful situation. Reach out by text to communicate with someone trained to listen and respond in a method that is private, secure and confidential.

Text the keyword "4hope" to 741741 and expect a reply from a trained Crisis Counselor within five minutes. Your message is confidential, anonymous and secure. Data usage while texting Crisis Text Line is free and the number will not appear on a phone bill with the mobile service carrier. 

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has entered in to a contract with the national Crisis Text Line to provide Ohioans with this state-specific keyword of "4hope" to access its free, confidential service available 24/7 via text on mobile devices. This resource is intended to broaden the options available through current community crisis hotlines. Other states, cities or communities may have their own keyword. In addition, the word "HELLO" can be texted to 741741 in all area codes in the U.S.

How can I volunteer to become a Crisis Counselor?
You must be over 18, go through a rigorous applications process that includes a background check, and receive 34 hours of web-based training. Apply through crisistextline.org. As of July 2016, there were 1,541 trained  Crisis Counselors responding to 50,000 texters per month.


Contact Us

Holly Jones
Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
614-644-8559