Every day, Lines for Life answers hundreds of crisis calls from people who have lost hope. From suicidal thoughts to drug addiction to senior loneliness and more, we answer these calls ready to listen, ready to connect, and ready to build the hope that callers need to keep going. Today, Sela shares the story of her call to build hope in others and to break stigma around mental health struggles.
When Sela called, she had pulled over to the side of the road after an impulse to kill herself. She was distressed and crying when she remembered she had a phone number saved – years before, her former therapist had recommended that she keep the Lifeline number in her phone.
That night, Lines for Life answered Sela’s call of distress, and we stayed on the phone with her through the impulse and through the feelings of hopelessness. We listened to and affirmed the reasons she wanted to live. We helped Sela form a plan to stay safe, talk to her mom about her feelings, and get help.
Your support makes stories like Sela’s possible. This year, we’ve answered over 100,000 crisis calls – that’s a call every 4 minutes. Please give today, and ensure that we can answer this growing number of calls, without asking people in crisis to wait on hold before they reach someone.
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