Suicide is increasing in this country, with more Americans dying from suicide than car accidents each year. It is an increasing public health concern that can be difficult for many of us to think about. But suicide prevention is not about death and dying or standing on the edge of a cliff and looking down. It is about life and living, exploring options, and helping people get through those difficult times that come to almost everyone at some point. This is where the Samaritans come in. The Samaritans run New York City's only community-based suicide and crisis prevention hotline. Staffed by professionally trained volunteers who have responded to over 1 million calls, the hotline provides immediately accessible ongoing emotional support to those who are in distress or suicidal.
I am trying to raise $3,000.00 to help pay what I believe is New York’s Most Important Phone Bill. The ways we view, understand, and talk about mental health is changing, and the Samaritans are an important voice in that conversation. Please help me in this effort to keep the Samaritans of New York funded.