GradImpact: Supporting the Deaf Community with Free Crisis Text Line and Counseling

    Crisis Text Line is a national not-for-profit organization that provides free, 24/7 support to people in crisis, including underserved populations like the Deaf community. In 2015, the support line noticed they were receiving a lot of texts from members of the Deaf community, and that those reaching out for support were almost twice as likely to mention depression and suicide. To provide better support to the Deaf community, Crisis Text Line joined efforts with Gallaudet University's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) office.

     

    Tiffany Bridgett, a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Gallaudet University began volunteering with Crisis Text Line about a year ago, and the organization recently hired her as the first full-time Deaf staff member.

     

    In addition to leading Deaf and hard of hearing outreach for Crisis Text Line, Ms. Bridgett is a Crisis Counselor Supervisor for Crisis Text Line. "Texting provides people the privacy and comfort of asking for help when they're experiencing a crisis,” said Bridgett. “I hope Crisis Text Line can help the Deaf community become healthier and less restricted from mental health resources." To learn more about Tiffany and the Crisis Text Line, visit the Gallaudet University website.

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