TXT4LIFE started in 2011 in the seven-county northeastern region of Minnesota, led by Carlton County Public Health and Human Services, in collaboration with area school districts, mental health centers, Tribal Nations, and Canvas Health/Crisis Connection Crisis Center.

Locally, conversation about further suicide prevention efforts had been taking place to look at systematic changes that would help reduce the suicide rate in the region. Around the same time, a local youth suicide spurred on the involvement of students who gave crucial input into the process. A grant application was put together and later funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Garrett Lee Smith grant program from 2011-2014.

TXT4Life now is a service of Canvas Health, a Twin Cities 501 (c)(3) non-profit. TXT4Life regional coordinators and tribal liaisons give presentations about the service and provide training and outreach throughout Minnesota.

The Richfield-based TXT4Life center is equipped with software that allows for up to 500 individual text conversations between trained counselors and users. The center operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

TXT4Life’s 2015 Annual Report is available here.



Thanks to a combination of state funding, grants, and individual donors, the TXT4Life trained counselors responded to more than 11,000 texts in 2016. The service currently operates in several counties throughout Minnesota. Your gift to the TXT4Life service will help fuel the expansion of the service across the state as well as the increase in operation hours to make the service available 24/7. In other words: your gift will save lives.

Donate online via Canvas Health’s website. You will have the opportunity to designate your gift for TXT4Life services. Or mail your donation to: TXT4Life, 7066 Stillwater Ave. North, Oakdale, MN 55128