The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 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 (currently more than 100) 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.
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Submitted by: Leah Harlow
Submitted on: 1-Nov-2005