Crisis counselors working from home after call centers shuttered due to Covid-19

Crisis counselors working from home after call centers shuttered due to Covid-19

Missouri crisis counselor Lauren Ochs takes calls from all over the nation. She is only 26 years old and has a provisional counselling license.

“The St. Louis hotline, which provides backup service to several other crisis lines including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, has seen its call volume rise from 557 calls in February to 2,150 in March, a 285% increase.”

“Of 1,018 suicidal callers, 346, or 34%, named the virus as their main reason for calling.”

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (EspaƱol: 1-888-628-9454; deaf and hard of hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

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