Most of you already know that I am a huge fan of charts and graphs that can provide a visual representation of the things many of us go through, from anything like stress or anxiety to those situations involving having thoughts of suicide or self harm. Mood charting has been has had a huge impact on the way I view my own mental health, and on the way I can convey what I experience to others.
Crisis Text Line, a New York based non-profit, is geared toward teens in crisis. The service allows users to text the crisis line about their crisis instead of having to call, making the subsequent conversation less intimidating and less likely to be overheard in public places (like schools or parks) where teens often spend much of their time.
This new format creates interesting opportunities, as text messages do leave behind a certain amount of data. This data has been combined and sorted allowing anyone to visit their website and select different types of crises and see the time of day, day of the week, change over time, and crises per state based on the volume of text messages received about each type of crisis at any given time.
I realize that is a lengthy description, so here’s an example:
If you combine “time of day” and “anxiety” you will see that crisis texts involving anxiety peak between 7-8 am and at lunchtime.
If you combine “time of day” and “depression” you will see that crisis texts involving depression tend to peak around 8-9 pm.
Really, no description could do justice to how comprehensive and great these graphs are, giving us a unique opportunity to consider how we can help teens -or potentially anyone who is experiencing a crisis situation.
I would highly recommend checking this out, crisis topics range from eating disorders to bullying to sexual abuse and beyond, so there is a multitude of information here, not just that pertaining to depression or suicide.
There is also an article over at The Atlantic that contains a few more details I have not provided here if you are looking for more.