The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) has become the nation’s leading source of immediate help for those dealing with suicide-related issues, according to new figures from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
SAMHSA announced that the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline) received nearly 500,000 calls in the past year from people seeking help for themselves or someone for whom they cared. The Lifeline is operated by SAMHSA’s grantee Link2Health Solutions, Inc., under a cooperative agreement. The Lifeline was established in 2001 to provide a system of immediate, round-the-clock, reliable, skilled assistance to everyone struggling with suicide issues.
The announcement was made during National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 7-13. The week focuses public attention on the devastating nationwide impact of suicide and highlights ways to prevent suicide.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicides accounted for an estimated 32,637 deaths in the United States in 2005, the latest year for which data are available.
Each year, nearly twice as many people in the U.S. die from suicide than by homicide. The American Association for Suicidology estimates that each suicide directly affects at least six other people – one in every 65 Americans.
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