Wednesday, August 09, 2006

save 1-800-SUICIDE

Help Save 1.800.SUICIDE

1-800-SUICIDE, a suicide prevention hotline which two millions teenagers have called over the last eight years, among which many were part of the LGBT community, is in danger of losing its funding from the government as the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), a federal agency, plans to operate its own suicide prevention hotline. Why? Because the government wants access to confidential information about those in crisis, information which 1-800-SUICIDE refuses to turn over. As a result, the government refuses to provide the hotline program with funding.

If funding is cut, and the program folds, the youth will lose a valuable resource. This article from the Daily Kos breaks down the implications it can have on the LGBT community.

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