This giving season, help us respond to crisis.
We bring our experiences, training, and most of all, compassion, to every contact on our lines.
The new 988 Crisis and Suicide Lifeline is changing the landscape of crisis response, one contact at a time – not only because it makes getting help easier – but because it breaks down barriers of stigma and normalizes connection.
This transformation is about our nation and our communities joining together and saying with one voice: “It is okay to struggle – and it is okay to get help.”
Lines for Life answers with hope across the breadth of our work – not only on our crisis lines.
Our Prevention and Training programs focus upstream – transforming mental health support systems to keep people from reaching a place of despair in the first place. Our YouthLine continues to expand its support in schools and communities, and in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs with a brand-new satellite center. Our Equity and Engagement programs build mental health skills in communities of color.
Your support ensures that we answer with hope, 24/7 – please give generously.
The ripple effects of substance abuse and suicide are quantifiable and immense. I know firsthand how difficult it is to lose a loved one to suicide.
I’m a suicide loss survivor. My father struggled with extreme mental illness and died by suicide when I was just nine years old. Ten years later, my sister died by suicide. [Read More…]
Suicide prevention is very personal to me – one of the reasons I chose this path is that I want to make sure that help is accessible, and it’s something that people are not afraid to talk about.
I grew up in extreme poverty – my brothers and I all struggled with our own mental health and substance use issues, and loss was a very prominent part of my upbringing. I saw how our health was impacted by these larger cultural systems and not just our individual choices.
I was twelve or thirteen when I first called a crisis line in middle school. I found it very helpful when I was younger, and even through my college days. I struggled a lot with anxiety, depression, and ongoing suicidal impulses.
I struggled to connect with my family, friends, and loved ones at that time. I didn’t trust them and didn’t believe they wanted to help me. With the crisis lines, I knew I could talk to someone who was more impartial or had a neutral position and that they could be a lot more helpful to me. [Read More…]