Video gamers at times may wish they could hit the IRL restart button when they find themselves in a difficult emotional state.  Even when it’s not from playing video games.

The number of calls to the Microsoft X-Box customer service line from players seeking help for their emotional distress is on the rise. This inspired Microsoft to better serve these customers by creating an Xbox Safety Team to support distressed callers.

Now when a customer service rep identifies someone in crisis the Safety Team can direct the caller to the Crisis Text Line for professional help.  The U.S. based not-for-profit crisis intervention organization provides free text-based 24/7 support and  connects people in crisis with counselors throughout the U.S.

Microsofts’ internal data analysis indicates that the program is definitely helping. Here’s the whole story.