For the first time, Oregon Partnership (OP) is receiving more calls to its suicide intervention line, Lifeline, than to its drug and alcohol HelpLine.
OP’s Lifeline received 18,619 calls in 2009 compared to 17,005 calls to HelpLine. For Lifeline, that’s a record-breaking 65% increase in calls from the year before.
Last month alone, Lifeline received 1,777 calls.
“Unemployment continues to be at a record high, and that’s a reason for so many callers being in crisis,” said Leslie Storm, OP Crisis Lines Director.
During last week's visit to Oregon, White House Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske toured Oregon Partnership's crisis lines, and spoke about the importance of OP's reaching out to returning veterans and soldiers suffering from emotional distress, drug and alcohol abuse and thoughts of suicide.
He praised OP for its effective ways of helping these men and women. And he talked about "The War on Drugs," a term of which he dispises and how efforts to combat drug abuse needs redirection.
Here's an editorial that ran in the Oregonian this week:
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Oregon Partnership's Youth Advisory Council was busy during the Christmas break recording a public service announcement focusing on one important way parents can prevent teen drinking: By listening to their kids.
The PSA written and recorded by teens will air throughout the state on as many as 100 radio stations thanks to a program for non-profits sponsored by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.
The spots are being produced free of charge by Entercom Radio of Portland, a longtime supporter of Oregon Partnership and the "Face It, Parents" campaign.
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