Franklin James Cook

Feds Give Funds to Hotlines to Help with Economy Calls

In Intervention, Prevention on August 6, 2009 at 9:38 am

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration (SAMHSA) has announced that it will provide more than $1 million to help crisis centers in the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL, 800-273-TALK) network deal with what SAMSHA Acting Administrator Eric Broderick calls “a critical situation.”

“Calls into suicide crisis centers have substantially increased during the past year — 54,054 calls in the last recorded month alone — with between 20 to 30 percent of calls being specifically linked to economic distress,” said … Broderick. “These funds will help provide desperately needed assistance to those on the front lines, responding to this urgent public health need.”

A press release from SAMHSA notes, in addition:

Many of these [crisis] centers must cope with a sharp rise in the number of callers in crisis (often because of financial problems). At the same time these centers are threatened with significant cutbacks in funding from state and local governments and other sources of support.

According to the Lifeline website,

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of [140] crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers, provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.

  • Call for yourself or someone you care about
  • Free and confidential
  • Available 24/7

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Related SPNAC post: “The Last Word on the Financial Crisis and Suicide Prevention” at

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