If you need help, text LISTEN to 741741. The Crisis Text Line will respond 24/7/365. They will help get you through it.
Or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Also available 24×7.
WHY THE ALEX PROJECT?
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 24. We lost Alex Strauss to suicide on October 11, 2010. He was only 17 years old. Alex was a high achieving senior at Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, California. He had a loving family and friends. Alex always had a silly joke or pun ready. He volunteered as a math tutor, was working on electric car designs with his dad and had plans to travel on vacation to Alaska with his family after high school graduation. Then, he would be off to college. All that disintegrated on October 11, 2010.
Before he died, Alex tried multiple times to text for help using his cell phone. Like many young people today, Alex was more comfortable communicating privately via texts than talking on the phone. Unfortunately Alex’s texts for help were not immediately answered because he sent them at night when their recipients were asleep. Had he known there was a crisis center open 24×7 that would have welcomed a text from him, Alex might still be alive today.
Alex’s story is not unique. Spreading the word about texting access to crisis center services will save young lives. Texting is discreet, accessible, and familiar for a young person in crisis. In addition, for all of us, looking out for friends and loved ones, taking the warning signs seriously, and knowing how to respond are all important parts of preventing suicide. “Know the Signs.”
OBJECTIVES OF THE ALEX PROJECT
Give all youth in crisis the chance to reach life-saving help via texting regardless of where they live.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Like us on Facebook: The Alex Project
HOW TO SUPPORT TEXTING ACCESS TO CRISIS CENTERS
To lend your support:
- Give out Alex Project Crisis Line Texting Cards.
- Donate online through the North Valley Community Foundation at http://nvcf.org/?s=Alex+Project&cause_category=&post_type=cause or mail to the North Valley Community Foundation, 240 Main Street, Suite 260, Chico, CA 95928. For more information about donating please call Alexa Benson-Valavanis at 530-891-1150, extension 28.