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Stopping Suicides

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Matthew Light

THE STORY:

I work on suicide prevention on the internet.

I have a variety of activities I pursue to help save lives:

1) Intervention. I monitor a number of locations online where suicide notes are posted. In many cases I am able to track down the person posting the note and send university or school resources, emergency services, family members or police in time to intervene and stop a suicide. I have so far responded to suicidal individuals in China, Malaysia, Egypt, Italy, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Croatia, England, Ireland, Egypt, Oman, Syria, Brazil, Canada and the United States.

2) Financial Assistance. I have given small sums of money to purchase food for a week, transportation expenses from a foreclosed house to a family member's, and to buy a pregnancy test for a teenager without financial resources who didn't want to ask her mom for the money.

3) Communication. I listen and talk to many hundreds of suicidal individuals online. I use social media like Facebook, Chatzy, Skype, Google GChat / Hangouts, and Kik to facilitate these conversations. Very Often these conversations develop into longer lasting friendships. Some of these people I talk to most every day.

I absolutely need to raise funds to continue doing this work. My expenses include:

1) International long distance calls to social services, suicide prevention organizations, and emergency personnel. This is my most critical funding need.

2) Web server hosting costs and registration fees.

3) Financial assistance. This is provided in small amounts directly to individuals. Without contributions I can't help suicidal individuals with small, relevant aid for food, gas to move, and similar very important needs.

4) Salaries. I have several young people who work many hours per week helping me counsel suicidal individuals. If I am able to raise my full goal amount, I can pay two of them a part time salary for the next year for the many nights and weekends they put in to helping me save lives.

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