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New Texting Platform Allows You To Send Positive Messages To Strangers

Find out how you can help fight the loneliness epidemic - and get a bit of cheer for yourself in the process.


Thanks to smart phones and social media, we're more connected now then we've ever been. So, it's striking that people are feeling lonelier than ever.

Studies have shown that young people (ages 18-22) suffer the most, and a report published by global health service company Cigna found that 46% of U.S. adults say they "sometimes" or "always" feel lonely.

That's why Mental Health America (MHA), the nation's biggest non-profit dedicated to improving the overall mental health of all Americans, and Sinch, a communications company, have teamed up to create a new texting platform that allows strangers to send and receive personal, positive texts.

The name of the project is #TextForHumanity, and the goal is to "make the world a little happier, one text at a time."

Anyone who would like to receive a text can sign up by texting JOIN to (+1) 833 421-4726 and follow the steps on how to get started. Then, users can write a personal message up to 160 characters long that will be sent to a stranger who has also signed up for the program.

#TextForHumanity

The texts are sent to people all over the world. Once a user sends a text, they will receive a positive message in return from another user.

Mental Health America CEO and president Paul Gionfriddo said in a press release: "We know there is a lot of negativity online these days—and by taking a minute to deliver a simple, positive message to someone who may need it, each of us can help brighten someone's day and lift up their overall mental well-being."

The makers of the platform recommend keeping the text messages short and sweet, and if users aren't sure what to say, they can find some good examples on the #TextForHumanity website.

#TextForHumanity

Users can send up to 5 texts per day, and the platform promises to comply with the strictest data guidelines to protect users' privacy. (You can view TFH's complete privacy policy here.)

Since the switchboard launched last month, over 16,000 messages have been sent to people across 23 different countries.

Sinch, now recognized as the global leader in cloud communications for mobile customer engagement, sees #TextForHumanity as an antidote to all of the negativity and arguing that happens online.

According to Jonathan Bean, Sinch's Chief Marketing Officer, it's why they chose to partner with Mental Health America in the first place.

"People are rightly asking tough questions of the digital and social tech that's become so ingrained in our lives so quickly," Bean said. "It prompted us to think – what if we could harness mobile communication as a pushback against online negativity, instead of a trigger?"

We couldn't agree more – in fact, a similar question prompted us to start Sparkt and share content that empowers others to spread positivity! We're sure a lot of people will be feeling a little less lonely soon, thanks to #TextForHumanity.

How can you start something good?

If you'd like to join #TextForHumanity, just follow these simple steps:


1. Text JOIN to +1 833 421-4726 (additional international number options are available on TextForHumanity.com), and the service will ask for a couple of details.


2. Write a short text that will make someone smile. It needs to be within 160 characters, and there are tips to help get started on TextForHumanity.com.


3. #TextForHumanity will share your message with a stranger somewhere in the world. The service currently only offers English language texts.


4. Receive a positive message from a stranger. #TFH will provide you with a colorful template to share your texts to social media.


Let's #StartSomethingGood together.

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