(Mankato, MN) – Residents in the Mankato area and statewide can now access suicide prevention and mental health crisis texting services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
As of April 1, people who text MN to 741741 will be connected with a trained counselor who will help defuse the crisis and connect the texter to local resources. The service helps people contemplating suicide and facing mental health issues.
Minnesota has had text suicide prevention services since 2011, but they weren’t available in all counties.
Meantime, in Mankato, a group of students at MSU is launching a campaign called The Bandana Project. The Bandana Project is a mental health/suicide prevention initiative designed to spread awareness of available resources.
Under the initiative, students tie a lime green bandana onto their backpacks and carry resource cards with them that can be distributed among their peers. These bandanas are a silent display of support for individuals struggling, as well as an indicator that the carrier is knowledgeable about community resources.
There are more than 1,000 suicides on college campuses annually in the U.S. and before graduation, 1 in 10 students will have considered suicide.
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