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Suicide and Crisis Prevention Hotline

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Suicide and Crisis Prevention Hotline 2 Suicide and Crisis Prevention Hotline Suicide is an intense problem in the United States and many people are lost because they did not have any support system in place. Most people who are considering committing suicide are depressed and alone, and have no one to talk to about their problems. After a period of time these thoughts deepen into a depression and eventually can lead to suicide. Our country is full of support systems for people with these problems but many do not know how to access these programs. The intention of myself and my colleagues is to create an organization that is centered around providing support to those in need by listening to them over the telephone during a time of crisis and providing them with local resources to access that will help them in their specific situations. In order to achieve those goals we require funding and the following plan will provide ample opportunity for analysis of the Suicide and Crisis Prevention Hotline. Problem to Be Addressed Suicide rates have risen in the last few years. “ [A] … study finds that suicides of Americans under 20 years old rose 18% between 2003 and 2004 --the largest single-year increase in more than 15 years. The rate went back down by a slight 5% from 2004 to 2005,” (Docksai, 2009). These are frightening statistics that we have an opportunity to address and prevent. Most of the patients who are suicidal are in outpatient situations or are not under the care of a physician or psychiatrist. According to Erik Plakun, “Among the patients most likely to be suicidal are those with treatment-refractory mood disorders and co morbid borderline personality disorder, for whom most treatment occurs in outpatient or other unrestrictive settings,” (Plakun, 2009). These people are alone and
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Suicide and Crisis Prevention Hotline 3 often looking for a way to get things off their chests. When I was considering suicide during a point in my life where there was no end in sight it was a phone call that saved me. I opened the phone book and called a random person. Were it not for their ingenuity and faith I would not be here today and I want to give that back to the community. If that person had been a trained professional with resources at hand perhaps they would have been able to help me more. These are my motivations when deciding to create this organization.
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