PRS’ Suicide Prevention Month Campaign: #CallTextLive
Last year 44,000 people died by suicide, making it our nation’s 10th leading cause of death. Removing the stigma around reaching out and discussing suicide is important to saving lives and creating suicide safer communities. In fact, a simple call or text to a crisis hotline or textline often provides the empathetic, trained voice that someone in crisis needs to reduce his/her pain and provide alternatives and connections to care.
PRS’ CrisisLink program runs our community’s crisis hotline and textline, serving those struggling with life crises. We are organizing our 3rd annual National Suicide Prevention Month (September) campaign. Our #CallTextLive Campaign engages the community in discussing suicide and encouraging people to get help.
What is #CallTextLive?
Our #CallTextLive Campaign works to educate members of our community about resources available and actions they can take to bring awareness to suicide prevention and intervention. The campaign has several components—largely driven by social media—including engaging people in a variety of activities throughout the month. Every person has a role in suicide prevention; even small acts create change. #CallTextLive campaign participants are invited to take part in a variety of events and actions to bring suicide prevention to the forefront.
How can you get involved?
By participating in PRS’ #CallTextLive campaign during National Suicide Prevention month this September, you are actively supporting PRS’ efforts to save lives and educate the public about suicide prevention and intervention. Together, we can destigmatize the act of contacting a crisis hotline or textline, or even simply discuss mental health issues openly. With your support, we will be able to reach a greater number of at-risk youth and families and provide them with the resources they need to achieve personal safety.
Soon, you can follow along in our interactive calendar of events (info to come!) to sign up for activities throughout the month of September in support of the campaign. Be sure to share our calendar with your family, friends, and coworkers. The more people that participate, the more lives we can change!
Follow our Facebook and Twitter pages below so that you don’t miss a second of our #CallTextLive campaign!
Instagram (coming Sept. 1!)
What does PRS do?
PRS provides mental health, crisis intervention and suicide prevention services throughout northern Virginia and Washington, DC. As one of PRS’ core programs, PRS CrisisLink brings immediate help, hope and healing to empower individuals facing serious life challenges, suicidal thoughts, emotional or situational problems. During the 2016 fiscal year, PRS CrisisLink handled over 35,000 crisis calls and 33,000 text messages.