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Global Dispatches Podcast Examines Crisis Text Line’s Efforts To Prevent Suicide, Address Mental Health

U.N. Dispatch’s “Global Dispatches Podcast”: How Big Data and Text Messaging Can Prevent Suicide Around the World
Mark Leon Goldberg, editor of U.N. Dispatch and host of the Global Dispatches Podcast, speaks with Bob Filbin, chief data scientist of Crisis Text Line. Goldberg notes, “This is a text-based mental health crisis intervention platform, operational in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Individuals in crisis are able to text trained mental health workers anonymously, who can then help them through their emergency. … Mental health is a crucial public health issue that is, indeed, a global heath issue. Crisis Text Line’s approach is also scalable — and Bob Filbin does discuss Crisis Text Line’s global plans” (4/29).