Adults usually learn the hard way through trial and error (and sometimes pain) that it's often best to talk through your problems. Find someone who has gone through similar challenges, learn from them, gain some perspective.
Kids – and especially teenagers – can be told this by their parents, teachers or guardians but it doesn't always sink in. They often feel like they “have no one who understands.” And sadly, some reach dire conclusions about what their options are to make their situation better.
In New York City, they have partnered with Talkspace to provide free, live therapy via Talkspace to kids 13-17 years old. Monthly phone calls with a licensed therapist and unlimited texting gives these kids someone to talk to in times of crisis.
It seems like a worthwhile initiative that could potentially save a life.
City teens, ages 13-17, can text, call, or video chat with licensed therapists through the online platform Talkspace without providing payment, insurance information, or referrals, officials said.