Published on November 17, 2012 at 3:23 AM
"Text messaging allows counselors to speak with youth on their level," said Dr. C.J. Huff, Joplin Schools Superintendent. "It's how they communicate. This tool is going to provide a much needed layer of support so we can respond rapidly to the mental health needs of our kids."
Launched in 2005 and currently in use by more than 500,000 students nationwide, Talk About It was designed to provide an anonymous and confidential way for kids to 'speak up' using text or online messaging. With electronic communication, students can avoid the stigma of being seen reaching out to a counselor or faculty member for help.
"When disaster strikes, it's difficult for some students to feel normal when the world around them is still struggling with the challenges of recovering and rebuilding," said Carter B. Myers, vice president of Anonymous Communications Solutions at SchoolMessenger and co-developer of Talk About It. "We understand that for many at that age, meeting face-to-face with an adult or asking for assistance carries a stigma. By allowing them to step forward anonymously, using their communication tools of choice, they can speak up virtually, ask for help and learn about the variety of services available to them."