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Crisis Text Line releases real-time trends in topics by state

  • Trudy.Sharp
  • 1/19/2017 4:55:00 PM
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A new tool from Crisis Text Line reveals the location, day of the week, time of day, accompanying issues, and words most associated with specific mental health issues. For example, substance abuse peaks at 6am. Eating disorders peak on Sunday and Wednesday. And Vermont, Rhode Island, and Mississippi score highest for bullying.

Data visualizations use anonymized and aggregated data from over 600,000 crisis conversations over three years to make the largest real-time crisis data set in America interactive and accessible to the public. Data is updated daily, so real-time trends in mental health across the country can be spotted. The updated portal, funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and available enables users to search the data based on geography, issue area, and time period.

Insights you can glean from include:

  • Do holidays alleviate or increase depression?
  • What issues are most correlated with suicidal thoughts?
  • Could climate be correlated with eating disorders?

Cities, states, universities, researchers and national organizations are using Crisis Text Line data to address local crises. Holly Jones, of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says, “By making Crisis Trends data open and accessible to the public, more organizations will begin to realize the potential of using this data to inform, address, and even prevent crises in their communities.”

View the tool at

Learn more about Ohio's Crisis Text Line connection. Read the Jan. 11, 2017, press release from OhioMHAS and the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities. Find a community toolkit to promote Crisis Text Line here.


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