Text, Talk, Ready Set Go

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Starting college comes with a whole range of emotions and, often, mental health challenges. That’s why JED created Text, Talk, Ready Set Go, a free, interactive tool to help college students adjust to their first year. 

Students will build a peer support network through texting and small group discussions while learning how to reach out for support when they need it, help their peers, and develop self-care strategies. These life skills have an immediate impact on students’ ability to cope with and navigate the challenges that arise in their first year. 

In just three sessions, students will build peer relationships and walk away with strategies they can use throughout college and beyond.

Here’s How it Works


Text, Talk, Ready Set Go can be used during college orientation and can be deployed throughout the first semester (e.g. during University 101 classes, residence hall/floor activities, etc.) as students face the everyday challenges the transition can bring.

  • To begin, gather students into groups of three or four with one cell phone per group.
  • Have each group text READY to 833-440-2220.
  • The group will receive a series of discussion questions to lead them through each activity.
  • At the end of the activity, help facilitate a large group discussion (see the Facilitator Guide below).

Use Text, Talk, Ready Set Go on Campus

Download the full facilitator guide and reach out to Raquel Goodrich at Raquel@texttalkact.com with any questions. 

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Get Help Now

If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone right now, text HOME to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a free confidential conversation with a trained counselor 24/7. 

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, text or call 988.

If this is a medical emergency or if there is immediate danger of harm, call 911 and explain that you need support for a mental health crisis.