Samantha Kaye cares about her fellow students at J.P. Taravella High School and wants to make a positive difference. She is vice president in the school’s DECA program and is one of three leaders in Here 2 Help which promotes the Crisis Text Line, a national non-profit organization that provides counseling to people facing severe crisis through text messages.
“This is a good thing. A lot of people don’t like to pick up the phone and they would rather communicate through text messages,” said Kaye.
A person facing a major mental health crisis that could even lead to suicide sends a text message to the Crisis Text Line. A trained volunteer handles the contact and may eventually refer to the person to a professional mental health professional or call a first responder. DECA recently held a presentation on the Here 2 Help program for 3,200 students. Many of the students put the information the organization into their cell phones. Others said the Crisis Text Line effort was a good idea.
DECA has created about 35 plastic signs that will be placed around J.P.Taravella High School promoting the Crisis Text Line.
“We have discussed the program and we hope students who need it will use it. There are a lot of pressures in high school and many students have difficulty coping,” said Kevin Ward, vice president of marketing and a leader in Here 2 Help.
Spencer Gorelick, a vice president of finance and a leader of the project said he was pleased with how it is developing. “We received some interest from students. This will help people who are facing problems,” said Gorelick.
Jodianne Smith was also impressed with the program and believes it will help struggling young people. Members of the Coral Springs Fire Department and shown interest and want to volunteer as crisis counselors.