In 2011, Canvas Health, in partnership with Carlton County, launched a TXT4LIFE pilot program for youth in crisis. TXT4Life now covers several Minnesota counties and Tribal Nations.

The TXT4Life program uses texting as a way for those in crisis or contemplating suicide to reach out and ask for help. TXT4Life has been hugely successful at dramatically increasing the number of troubled young people reaching out for help. Today, TXT4Life is an award-winning, innovative program that has received the attention and support from the state Legislature, which has allocated money to begin rolling out the program statewide. TXT4Life is seeking funding to continue this rollout. Donations for the program are accepted and can be designated for this program here.

Visit www.TXT4Life.org to learn more.

TXT4Life currently serves the following counties and Tribal Nations in Minnesota:

Northeast: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis. Fond du Lac, Bois Forte, and Grand Portage Tribal Nations.

North Central: Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods. Red Lake Tribal Nation, Leech Lake Tribal Nation

Northwest: Becker, Kittson, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau. White Earth Tribal Nation.

Central: Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright. St. Cloud State University.

Southwest: Yellow Medicine, Lincoln, Lyon, Redwood, and Murray.

East Central: Mille Lacs, Kanabec, Pine, Isanti, Chisago. Mille Lacs Tribal Nation.

Southwest Corner Region: Pipestone, Rock, Nobles, Jackson, Cottonwood.

Tribal Nations: Prairie Island Indian Community, Upper Sioux, Lower Sioux, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

How to use the program within these areas:

  • Text the word LIFE to 61222 (standard data and text messaging rates apply). On the St. Cloud State University campus, you may text SCSU to 61222. (standard data and text messaging rates apply).
  • You will receive a response from a trained crisis counselor.
  • This program operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.