Here are some sample text messages you can use to reach out to someone you know or care about. Many of the suggestions are taken directly from our experience of working with people in need or crisis. These are the things that people tell us are most helpful. And, of course, you can adapt or combine to make them personal and meaningful to the person you want to help.
Let them know you are there for them
"You seem a bit sad lately. Just wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you."
"I was wondering if you’re okay? You seem a bit quiet lately. I’m here if you need to chat."
"SANE has really helpful tips about how to get help." (This can be added to any text message.)
Ask if they would like to contact someone for help
"I just wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you. You seem a bit down lately, and I wasn’t sure what to say, but I am thinking of you. If you’d like to talk to someone, I’m here, or you might like to contact SANE."
"I’m sorry you haven’t been well recently. I’m here if you need a listening ear, or you could contact SANE – they’re really helpful."
"I know it’s not always easy to find words, or to talk about things, but I’d like to let you know I’m thinking of you. Let me know if you’d like to meet, or maybe get in touch with SANE."