Magazine article Psychology Today

Day Tripping

Magazine article Psychology Today

Day Tripping

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IN 2013, SOCIAL entrepreneur Nancy Lublin founded Crisis Text Line to provide free, anonymous mental health support using text messaging. Based in New York, the organization has quickly mushroomed to field texts from about 27,000 people a month, 80 percent of whom are under 25. It's also trained more than 1,700 volunteer crisis counselors. "These are strangers counseling other strangers in their darkest moments," Lublin says. "It's made me awarethatalmosteverybodyisfightingasilentbattleofsomekind."

On weekdays. Lublin and her husband walk their children, Sydney, 11, and Houston, 9, to school along the High Line. "It's early in the morning. There are no tourists; there might be a hardcore jogger or two, but really It's just us. It's a time for real conversation. People who live in the suburbs have that with their kids in the car. Our walk on the High Line is the city equivalent."

Lublin and her CTL colleagues hit the pedals together at SoulCyde one morning a week. "I'm terrible at it! Most people are going up and down on the bike, or doing pushups while biking out of the saddle, and I'm like, 'If I don't die, I'll considerthisa success.' But it's fun. It's dark, candlelit, they shout encouraging things at you, the music is really loud-rm45. so this is the closest thing I get to a nightclub."

Lublin checks Crisis Text Line statistics throughout the day. …

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