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Suicide Prevention Is More Than a Phone Number

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It’s September — among other things, a month that has been designated as National Suicide Prevention Month. And with that comes an influx of social media posts about suicide prevention, typically focused on the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (or a local alternative).

This trend continues beyond social media; in the large amount of news stories about the mental health impacts of the pandemic and other recent events, the overwhelming majority have advertised a solution for those in crisis: one or more crisis hotlines.

And in response to a nationwide and global mental health crisis, efforts have been taken to expand the availability of crisis lines and promote these services.

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