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    Suicide Hotlines and Crisis Resources

    Suicide
    Even just thinking about suicide can be a frightening and devastating experience, both for the individual who may be feeling suicidal and for the families and loved ones of those individuals. This forum is about recognizing the signs, coping with the feelings, and getting help before it's too late - and knowing that there IS help: you are not alone and you do NOT have to continue to feel this way.

    Suicide is NOT the answer. There IS a better way.

    Suicide Hotlines

    Help & Crisis Resources (Ottawa Valley)

    Other Suicide Resources

    Counselling and Therapy Resources (Ottawa Valley)
    Last edited by David Baxter; January 29th, 2011 at 10:06 PM. Reason: Updated to 2011

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    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) is the new name and number for the federally funded suicide prevention hotline dedicated to providing immediate assistance to those in suicidal crisis. Its toll-free number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), connects individuals to crisis centers across the country. Each crisis center -- there are currently more than 120 -- is staffed by trained staff members who have the essential resources to assist individuals in a suicidal crisis.

    The crisis centers in this network are a first line of defense for reducing the staggering number of suicides this country sees each year -- more than 30,000 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With its toll-free number and Web site, www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network helps us all reduce suicides and lessen the impact of suicide. The Web site for the network includes important information about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, including resources for promoting the network to those individuals in need.

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    Exclamation 1-800-SUICIDE Hotline Updates

    August 10, 2006

    The nation's largest suicide hotline, 1-800-SUICIDE, is scheduled to go out of service this Saturday, August 12, 2006. There are currently negotiations in progress that may prevent this. However, in the event that these negotiations are not successful, NAMI is issuing this alert to raise public awareness of the alternative for those in need of help.

    The alternative number for those in crisis is 1-800-273-TALK. This number will put callers in touch with the federally-funded National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a service that has been in operation since January, 2005. It functions as a central switchboard to immediately connect callers 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.

    All calls to the 1-800-273-TALK Lifeline are private and confidential. Confidentiality of personal information and of personal disclosures during calls is a high priority for the parties involved in operating the Lifeline.

    The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is working with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the entire suicide prevention community to ensure that every call for help during a suicide crisis is answered. Some of the measures being put in place include:

    Ensuring that the entire suicide-prevention community is working the phones and Internet to make sure that all referring agencies know that 1-800-273-TALK is the number to call for suicide intervention.

    Notifying service providers, including directory 411 and 211 operators, that 1-800-SUICIDE is scheduled to go out of service beginning August 12, 2006 and to direct callers to 1-800-273-TALK for help.

    Redirecting callers who call 1-800-SUICIDE to call 1-800-273-TALK through a recording.

    As a part of this effort, NAMI will participate in a meeting with SAMHSA and its other partner groups on Friday afternoon, August 11, and we will issue an update afterwards if there is additional information to share.

    NAMI urges you to help distribute this alert in your community. Together, we can ensure that every call for help is answered.

    Thank you,

    Michael J. Fitzpatrick, MSW
    Executive Director
    NAMI

    If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please send an email to webmaster@nami.org.

    NAMI ~ 2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300 ~ Arlington, VA 22201

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    Update: National Suicide Hotline to Operate Two Additional Weeks

    Update: National Suicide Hotline to Operate Two Additional Weeks

    As NAMI reported yesterday, the nation's largest suicide hotline, 1-800-SUICIDE, is scheduled to go out of service. But instead of this occurring on Saturday, August 12, as previously announced, the operator of this hotline has been given a two week extension. Negotiations are still in progress that may prevent the number from going out of service. However, NAMI is still urging the public to be aware that the alternative number for those in crisis is 1-800-273-TALK.

    This number will put callers in touch with the federally-funded National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a service that has been in operation since January, 2005. It functions as a central switchboard to immediately connect callers 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.

    All calls to the 1-800-273-TALK Lifeline are private and confidential. Confidentiality of personal information and of personal disclosures during calls is a high priority for the parties involved in operating the Lifeline.

    The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is working with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the entire suicide prevention community to ensure that every call for help during a suicide crisis is answered. Some of the measures being put in place include:

    Ensuring that the entire suicide-prevention community is working the phones and Internet to make sure that all referring agencies know that 1-800-273-TALK is the number to call for suicide intervention.

    Notifying service providers, including directory 411 and 211 operators, that 1-800-SUICIDE is scheduled to go out of service in two weeks, and to direct callers to 1-800-273-TALK for help.

    Redirecting callers who call 1-800-SUICIDE to call 1-800-273-TALK through a recording.

    NAMI will continue to stay involved with these efforts and will distribute additional information as it becomes available.

    NAMI urges you to help distribute this alert in your community. Together, we can ensure that every call for help is answered.

    Thank you,

    Michael J. Fitzpatrick, MSW
    Executive Director
    NAMI

    If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please send an email to webmaster@nami.org .

    NAMI ~ 2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300 ~ Arlington, VA 22201


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    Re: 1-800-SUICIDE Hotline Set to Shut Down August 12?

    Calling a suicide hotline and getting a recorded message is sort of like getting the answering service at 911. I'm not convinced that those REALLY on the edge will have the energy to hangup and dial again. (after going to tet a pen and paper). Although giving the numbers to the 411 services is a good idea. I sort of feel sorry for anyone seriously considering suicide, until the new number is more well-known. --PB

  6. Re: 1-800-SUICIDE Hotline Set to Shut Down August 12?

    my question is why are they changing the number? seems like 1-800-suicide is easy to remember rather than the talk number.
    ~ our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising each time we fall - confucius
    ~ it is the journey, not the destination, that matters
    ~ keep hanging on, the sun will come shining through for you again

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    Re: 1-800-SUICIDE Hotline Set to Shut Down August 12?

    David,

    Would I have your permission to post this on my other board, Psych Forums? I feel this would be helpful information for the members I also still represent over there.

    Thank you,

    Sky (Angel on that board)
    -Sky

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    Re: 1-800-SUICIDE Hotline Set to Shut Down August 12?

    Absolutely, Sky - please do. This alert came from NAMI.

    BBC, the reason they are changing the number is that the old one is scheduled to disappear / close down. I gather NAMI and others are trying to find a way to save the service.

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    Save the 1-800-SUICIDE Hotline!

    MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD – BEFORE OUR GOVERNMENT SUFFOCATES THE NATION’S LARGEST PRIVATE & COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL HELP SYSTEM.
    http://www.save1800suicide.org/
    1-800-SUICIDE is in danger of being shut off or worse falling into the hands of the Federal Government. With teenage suicide being the 3rd leading cause of death between 18 to 24 year olds - our government should not be duplicating prevention efforts but helping fund the many local organizations and non-profits with proven track records on prevention. In addition our government should not be in the business having access to this private and sensitive information!
    Hi everyone,
    Did you know that there's a good chance that the plug will be pulled on the 1-800-SUICIDE hotline?
    It's a long story, but you can get all the details here at the www.save1800suicide.org site.
    If you want too signed the petition and am trying to get the word out on some appropriate forums.
    Any other ideas are greatly appreciated.
    If you or anyone you know has ever dealt with suicide, don't wait! Act Today!
    Do what you can to save this free, private, confidential resource!

  10. Re: Save the 1-800-SUICIDE Hotline!

    this really saddens me that this is happening. i feel a little helpless with this but i sent it on to a few friends anyway.

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