In a first for Louisiana, the state has agreed to spend more than a half-million dollars over the next three years bolstering New Orleans-based nonprofit Via Link’s efforts to answer local calls to the heavily used National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.The contract with the state’s Office of Behavioral Health was finalized in October, a month after NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune first reported Via Link was close to shutting down the crisis line, which for the last 12 years had been funded almost exclusively by private donations as it took on a growing number of calls from Louisiana area codes.“I had been so stressed out about paying for this,” said Via Link’s CEO, LaVondra Dobbs. “We’re extremely grateful to have the next three years of funding secured for our work in providing the Lifeline for the residents of Louisiana, but our long-term goal is this is part of the budget.”The state’s Office of Public Health also agreed to spend … [Read more...] about Louisiana to spend $500K to keep suicide prevention hotline running
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IMPACT 09/21/2018 05:45 am ET "We don't read from scripts. It's all off the cuff. Speak from your heart." By Madeline Faber This story is a collaboration between HuffPost and High Ground News. Karen Crouch’s son never told her that he was contemplating suicide. “He never said that he felt like he was losing a grip. I could hear it in his voice,” she remembers. He was diagnosed with brain cancer at 15 and went through treatment immediately. But when he turned 21, the seizures — a symptom of his cancer — began resurfacing. They got worse when he drank. “He would call in the middle of the night and tell me after he’d been drinking about how he felt like a failure and like he let me down.” At the same time, Crouch was battling breast cancer. One day in December 2007, while Crouch was in the emergency room, she tried calling her son but go no answer. She dispatched a family member to check on him — they phoned later … [Read more...] about What It’s Like To Work At A Suicide Prevention Hotline
Help is just a call away. But what exactly happens once you dial? Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the US, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). There are 44,965 suicides every year and an average of 123 each day. And suicide rates have risen in recent years among men and women, across all age and ethnic groups and in nearly every state, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released last week. Accompanying many news stories about suicide — most recently, obituaries for celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade — is the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which answered more than 2 million calls last year through its toll-free hotline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255). (The Crisis Text Line, an offshoot of the social change organization DoSomething.org, is also available around the clock by texting HOME to 741741.) Calls to the Lifeline spiked a reported 25 percent in the two days … [Read more...] about What happens when you call the suicide prevention hotline
Alex Connor, Marina Pitofsky and Lilly Price USA TODAY Published 4:35 p.m. UTC Jun 8, 2018 The deaths of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade this week have led to an uptick in calls to suicide prevention hotlines, according to Dan Reidenberg, executive director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE). The high-profile deaths – along with heavy media coverage – has led to an increase of about 25% to 30% in inquiries to crisis lifelines and text services from those who may be struggling with suicidal thoughts as well as concerned loved ones, Reidenberg said. "We need to have people understand that just because there was a high profile death by suicide it doesn’t mean it has to be your outcome, too," he cautioned. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found Thursday that suicide deaths in the United States have increased … [Read more...] about Celebrity deaths lead to uptick in suicide prevention hotline calls
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Teen suicide is soaring. Do spotty mental health and addiction treatment share blame? Ruf's son left his phone unlocked so she could find his note: “Everything has a time. I decided not to wait for mine." Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 69 Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Jayne O'Donnell and Anne Saker, USA TODAY Network Published 11:47 a.m. ET March 19, 2018 | Updated 10:30 p.m. ET March 19, 2018 CLOSE Crestview Hills mother Karen Ruf speaks about the loss of her son J.C. Ruf to teen suicide in October 2016. Sam Greene/The Enquirer CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 69 COMMENT EMAIL MORE J.C. Ruf, 16, was a … [Read more...] about Teen suicide is soaring. Do spotty mental health and addiction treatment share blame?