Open Data Collaborations
Crisis Text Line empowers journalists, researchers, school administrators, parents, and anyone interested in data to understand the crises in their communities.

Crisis Text Line has the largest crisis data corpus in the U.S. To date, we’ve exchanged more than 100 million text messages between people in crisis and volunteer Crisis Counselors. Fellows are granted access to a scrubbed and anonymized version of this dataset.

To get a sense of the range of projects possible, see a list of published research papers below.

To be a Fellow, you must meet the following key requirements:

  • Be affiliated with an academic or research institution. This includes obtaining the approval of an IRB, having a Principal Investigator that’s a full-time employee of the institution, and the written approval of your institution’s Office of Research or equivalent office.
  • Work from our NYC offices. Currently, we cannot offer VPN access or share data. We provide our Fellows (one researcher per team) with stipends to cover room, board, and travel to NYC.
  • Expect to spend 3-6 months working on their project. Expect to spend half or more of that time on-site in NYC. Time spent on-site does not need to be continuous, but it will be frequent!
  • Have the technical expertise to work with massive data sets. There will be a test 🙂
  • Be a U.S. or Canadian citizen. We need this for background checks.

See the full list of requirements and apply here.

Published Research

Since 2013, 12 papers have been published based on our data, and another 6 are expected before the end of 2020. We’re proud to fuel this kind of learning! Here’s what has been published so far: