Sister Hope Chatbot Offers Free Emotional Support

Feeling stressed? Down? Wishing there was someone you could ask for help?

You’re not alone. From August 2020 to February 2021, adults with recent symptoms of anxiety or a depressive disorder increased to 42% from 36%, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to a US Census Pulse survey, some 11 percent of Georgians received counseling and therapy in June.

Sister Hope is a conversational chatbot launched by Catholic Charities Atlanta as a 24-hour mental health digital program.

“Since the pandemic started we have seen a sharp increase in individuals reporting feelings of depression and anxiety,” said Vanessa Russell, CEO of Catholic Charities Atlanta. “This new tool allows us to expand our reach to those who need help in a private and confidential way. We’re excited about this partnership and the new avenue in which we can bring relief to our community.”

  • Hope is FREE.
  • Hope is anonymous, private, and available 24/7.
  • Hope is a scientifically proven emotional and mental support service.
  • Hope offers custom mental health help when and where you need it.
  • Hope is a helpful tool for over 13 million users world wide just like you.

According to studies, users reported significant reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety after using the tool for two to four weeks. Users text their everyday feelings, needs, and concerns, and Sister Hope suggests tips and coping strategies. Sister Hope doesn’t diagnose illnesses. Instead, it’s best to think of the chatbot as a friend you’re texting about your day. Sister Hope may suggest eating a healthy snack, taking up daily self-compassion practices, or having a conversation about sports.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please contact the Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255.

Catholic Charities Atlanta is pleased to offer this chat service to anyone for FREE. Click here to get started today or text “Hi” to Sister Hope at 202-949-7249 and enter the start code “CCA.”  Messaging is available in English and Spanish.

 

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