When I applied to become a volunteer on Samaritans 24-hour crisis hotline, I expected to learn a few things and gain some experience. I knew this would be one of many stops along a road to another place.
I did not however expect to be so moved by Samaritan’s philosophy. Its unyielding mission to provide a safe place that anyone who is in crisis or having a difficult time can turn to and its tireless march to transform anyone who is willing to work hard and learn how to listen effectively and truly be there for another person, made it clear to me that I'd already reached my destination.
Twenty years later, I am an eternal student of this work which is beautifully simple yet not simply mastered and I am grateful to be part of a movement/organization that places such high value on connections and the quality of communications no matter the scale.
With 1-in-5 Americans experiencing depression each year, most of us know someone who struggles with mental health-related issues, yet very few of us make charitable donations to support suicide prevention services.
I hope you will contribute to my efforts and those of Samaritans incredible volunteers and staff who work every day to help people during their most difficult times. Every donation is 100% tax-deductible and every bit counts!!
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If you are able, please join us on Sunday, September 29, as we come together to celebrate our 7th Annual Walk to Prevent Suicide and Save Lives that will focus positive attention on a public health problem that is too often sensationalized and considered taboo.
Samaritans is the only community-based organization in the NYC area devoted solely to helping people in distress and preventing suicide, the 10th leading cause of death in this country. Funds raised from this event will go towards Samaritans 24-hour crisis hotline, whose volunteers have responded to over 1.3 million calls; a public education program that has trained over 40,000 health providers; and support groups that have helped thousands of people who have lost loved ones to suicide.