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
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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
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Kari Bristol’s 12-year-old former foster daughter was teased at school for her disabilities. She had a bad day, and nothing Bristol said could help. Usually, they could go on a bike ride or to McDonald’s for a treat. But this day, nothing worked. The girl said she wanted to kill herself. She was scratching her arm with a pencil. That Friday evening in May, they called Crisis Connection, a round-the-clock telephone service that connects people in crisis with counselors and other resources. A counselor was sent out to their home in Hugo. “She got back on track and was OK going to school on Monday,” Bristol said. Crisis Connection is the only center in Minnesota taking calls from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and it will be forced to start shutting down May 21 unless it gets funding help. The call center, located in Richfield, is owned and operated by Oakdale-based Canvas Health, a nonprofit community mental health agency. It would take at least … [Read more...] about Minnesota’s only suicide crisis hotline needs money, or it will close in May