By Madison Park
June 25, 2016
The hardest part for Lily Rayne was feeling alone.
Rayne is deaf and didn’t grow up with sign language. When she had suicidal thoughts, she couldn’t communicate or sign with a trained professional or a therapist. Nor could she pick up a phone to call a crisis hotline.
She eventually found help online by learning about cognitive behavioral therapy, but not before she had come dangerously close to taking her own life. Years later, she ran across a service that would have eased her sense of isolation in those dark hours:Crisis Text Line, which has brought the 1-800 support line into the age of texting.