They need your help.
I want to leave this place. I wish I could fall asleep and live life in the dream world. My mom adds SO MUCH stress on my life. I’ve shown up to class crying and I had to lie saying it was because of my allergies. I don’t like lying to the only people I can talk to but I feel like my feelings are… immature…Can you help me with my feelings?
-Evelyn, 11 year old, posted on NRS’ Forum on November 7th
Since launching our new website in 2015, the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) has experienced a massive surge in online crisis connections. Digital native youth, like 11-year-old Evelyn, are accessing help through our forum, live chat, and crisis emails. Evelyn is reaching out before she runs away. She is asking for our help!
We are asking for YOUR help. Please consider supporting Evelyn and all youth with an end of the year gift.
NRS’ crisis service staff and volunteers complete a 40-hour trauma sensitive, solution focused crisis intervention training program before handling their first call. Although all crisis service staff have received digital based crisis intervention training, the training has been optional for volunteers. Due to the increasing utilization of digital services, NRS plans to incorporate digital based crisis intervention as a standard training component.
By ensuring every frontline team member is fully trained and capable of handling crisis contacts across communication platforms, NRS is assuring our country’s youth that we are here to help quickly and effectively.
To address this escalating trend in crisis online services, NRS plans a transformational restructuring of the crisis intervention training for staff and volunteers. Technology is ever-changing. NRS continues to evolve to better serve youth and families in crisis. Donors’ support in the past has been instrumental in continuing and transforming our crisis services.
Please consider an end of the year gift to commit to keeping runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.
PS: NRS is a nonprofit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.