WISH LIST: $100: 1 month of daily outreach calls to an at-risk senior; $500: training for 20 on suicide prevention; $5000; 60-hour Hotline training class for volunteer crisis counselors
CrisisLink engages and empowers the community to help families, friends, and neighbors: people contemplating suicide, confronting traumatic loss, or simply needing someone with whom to talk. Handling more than 53,000 calls per year, CrisisLink also provides ongoing care for individuals and special populations at high risk for suicide, and it provides education and training to help prevent crises before they occur. Its 24/7 services fill critical gaps in the regionís mental health care system, particularly after hours and on weekends when other providers are unavailable. CrisisLink also helps people navigate an increasingly complex social services system by steering them to the right door the first time around. Even before the economic downturn, suicide was a serious public health problem, but studies suggest that unemployment and economic strain (loss of a home, personal financial crisis) are significant risk factors. Itís no wonder that the number of calls has dramatically increased and that this critical service is more essential than ever. "I'm listening" has a powerful, healing effect. Won't you join the conversation?
Director of Development
601 S. Carlin Springs Rd.
Arlington, VA 22204