You are not alone. Our Chat and Text program is a place to talk about problems and stress that are difficult to talk about anywhere else. It is a place to find nonjudgemental support during a difficult time.
Several years ago crisis centers across the U.S. started noticing a decline in the number of calls from young people. In response, many started up crisis chat programs- to enable people to communicate with someone either by phone or chat. Today, CONTACT of Mercer County, NJ participates in crisis chats and texts as well as telephone hotline calls.
“Our chat visitors can be very young, like 11,” says CONTACT’s Executive Director Eleanor Letcher. “Probably 70% of our chat visitors are teens or in their early 20’s, although they are getting older because now more people are comfortable chatting or using technology. But at the beginning, almost all the people in the chat program were young.”