"We're at the end of the line when you're at the end of your's" - Niall Martin
Suicide is one of those things that we hear about all the time but remains a mystery to us. We can't imagine why someone would end their lives but sadly it happens all too often. Right now our Veterans and certain demographics of individuals are hardest hit - women, Asians, Hispanics, and so forth. It is truly of epidemic proportions. We try to figure out why. Sometimes the answers are easier to determine, but still always hard to fully understand - and accept.
That's why here at Samaritans we know that our help is needed. In the NY chapter alone there are about 75-100 volunteers always ready to man the phones 24/7. When you hear that lonely voice, hysterical crying, the desparation in the caller's voices, you know it won't be easy to help, but we will be there with them in all that pain and agony.
I am entering my 20th year with this special and invaluable organization - but I am not special. I am one of thousands of volunteers who gave of their time and energy to help. I probably logged a minimum of 4.800 hours, which in turn comes out to be about 600 days. But it does'nt seem like that. When you spend time in this way, it is as rewarding as it is demanding. To hear someone at the end of the call be calmer and perhaps feeling like someone cares (cause of course we do!) is all that matters to us.
So we need your help to keep going. Sadly budgets to run the operation get bigger and our help from government gets less. Please help by giving anything you can and rest assured that we will keep the lights, phones and our hearts turned on.
With great thanks and gratitude.
"We're at the end of the line when you're at the end of your's"