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When someone is thinking of suicide, these are the people who talk them out of it
Article by: CNN
September 11, 2018
Views: 81,124

The caller on the line is agitated.

Minutes earlier, he'd grabbed a knife and held it to his body, threatening to kill himself. Staffers at the group home where he lives wrestled it away, but he still feels like he wants to do himself harm. So he calls a suicide hotline.
A crisis counselor named Aaron answers. He listens intently. "Hey, you feeling any better?" Aaron asks after a minute. "Well, just try to hang out with the staff there, OK? Can you stay there with them?"

After determining the man is no longer an immediate threat to himself or others, Aaron gets his permission to send over two counselors who can address his needs in person.
"We're gonna come by and check up on you and make sure you stay safe," Aaron tells him. "We'll see you soon, OK? Alright, take care."The call ends. Soon, there will be another. 

And another.

Suicide rates have gone up 25% in the US in the last 20 years. Every state, except Nevada, has experienced an increase.

So, while the calls are emotionally grueling, Aaron and the other staffers know to soldier on.

Click here to read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/10/health/suicide-call-center-trnd/index.html


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