That number has been widely distributed across the country.
It is critically important that we let as many people as possible in our fields know that there is a Nationally supported Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK and people will be available to help them if in crisis.
We need your help!! Please distribute this message, including the “talking points” found below, to addiction professionals, healthcare providers and other appropriate colleagues in your areas.
We are working diligently to ensure that every person calling for help during a suicidal crisis is answered. Together with the federal Department of Health and Human Services through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and the entire suicide prevention community, we are putting measures in place to make this happen. They include:
We acknowledge and appreciate the work done by the Kristin Brooks Hope Center (KBHC) and 1-800-SUICIDE to raise awareness of the important issue of suicide prevention.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK, has already helped tens of thousands of callers. Since January 2005, the Lifeline has served as a central switchboard to immediately connect callers –24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to virtually the same network of certified local crisis centers accessed by 1-800-SUICIDE so callers can receive counseling or emergency services, if needed, close to home.
The data remind us daily of the numbers of individuals – both young and old – who are in crisis and contemplating suicide. We recognize that both public and private-sector resources need to work to help stem the devastation suicide leaves behind for families, friends, colleagues, and communities.
SAMHSA has made it publicly known that they have been and are willing to assume responsibility for maintaining 1-800-SUICIDE as a public service. SAMHSA is committed to ensuring that individuals in crisis have access to resources that may assist them and their families.
Thank you for your help in distributing this urgent, potentially life-saving message.
Please send any questions or concerns to Dr. Dan Reidenberg at email@example.com.