Friday, May 21, 2010

Lifeline: Celebrating Two Million


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Do you know about the National Suicide Depression Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK), the national suicide hotline that helps anyone who calls find mental health resources for themselves or their loved ones? Needless to say, their work is incredibly important. As a measure of just how much impact their work has had we're celebrating the milestone of their two millionth call today. They've helped somewhere in the neighborhood of two million people/families/loved ones. Isn't that astonishing and wonderful?

Lifeline is especially important because they act as a sort of national clearinghouse for crisis calls. Anyone anywhere in the country just needs this one phone number to get help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When Lifeline gets a call they match the caller with the nearest possible resource in their network of approximately 140 crisis centers that can respond to the caller's needs. No need for an individual in crisis or someone concerned about a loved one to search around for a local phone number or wait for an office to open.

If you're on Twitter search for the hashtag #2million to find more information about Lifeline's important work and suicide prevention generally. And don't forget: 1-800-273-TALK.


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