SEPTEMBER’S NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH
The free live chat is available 24-hours a day and is facilitated by a team of 31 certified Hope Coaches. Statistically, one suicide happens every 40 seconds around the world, so Hope Coaches are a vital line of communication for those in crisis during overnight hours, holidays and at other times when traditional mental health providers are less accessible.
“A UCLA study reports that 20% of high school students have serious thoughts of suicide and 1.4 million kids have made attempts to take their own lives,” states Tim Altman, CEO, TheHopeLine. “And according to the CDC, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for teens and young adults, ages 10-34.”
“We have been addressing the confusion and despair of young people for over 30 years and we offer in-depth resources on TheHopeline.com,” Altman adds. “However, our signature service is free crisis live chat, which is always available and staffed by our corps of well-trained Hope Coaches.”
“At TheHopeLine we work to preemptively help people before suicide seems to be their only answer, and we also aim to rescue those who are imminently suicidal,” explains Jennifer DeJong, COO, TheHopeLine. “Most importantly, we have the opportunity to share the only REAL solution, a relationship with Jesus Christ.”
“By the time someone is reaching out to a help line they have tried many things to ‘fix’ themselves and none of those things have worked,” DeJong continues. “We know everyone is uniquely created for a purpose in the image of God. We want people to know they are loved so deeply that God sent His Son to save them, and He will walk by their side so they never have to be alone. Many of the people we chat with have never had anyone pray for them before, so we get the amazing privilege of bringing them before God for the first time in their lives.”
Founded more than three decades ago by the late Dawson McAllister, a renowned youth speaker and radio broadcaster, TheHopeLine began as a way to support listeners of the “Dawson McAllister Live” radio show. Today it is one of the world’s premiere resources for students and young adults in crisis, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with 31 certified Hope Coaches on staff. This year TheHopeLine has completed more than 10,000 live chats and 1,133 suicide interventions to date. The Middle Tennessee-based nonprofit organization provides free resources, including live chat with Hope Coaches, email mentors, blog posts, podcasts, and eBooks.