Friday, August 14, 2015

TGIF - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline was established on January 1, 2005 through a partnership of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Mental Health Association of New York City. Through this network, people who are feeling suicidal can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and speak to a certified crisis counselor at any time, day or night, seven days a week. While this is a national program, it is facilitated through certified crisis centers around the country, and the Lifeline attempts to use local (or as close to local as possible) help whenever this can be accomplished.

In 2007, this service was expanded to include a Veterans Crisis service (veterans who call the Lifeline and identify themselves as veterans in crisis will be automatically routed to specially trained veterans counselors) and to incorporate the 1-800-SUICIDE number previously established by the Kristin Brooks Hope Center. With the combined efforts of all of these people, someone in crisis can get much needed help quickly, and with minimal hassle.

More recently, the Lifeline has moved into the digital age, including a Facebook service and the ability for people connected through that service to use online chats for crisis intervention. The Lifeline also offers a TTY service for the hearing impaired (1-800-799-4TTY or 1-800-799-4899) and a Spanish line (1-888-628-9454), as well as Tele-Interpreter services to support more than 150 additional languages.

If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, please talk to someone. The Lifeline is available 24/7 and they will do everything they can to help. If you don't call them, call someone. Talk to someone. There is hope, and you are not alone. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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