When feelings of hopelessness lead individuals to think that suicide is their only option, we provide, life-saving suicide prevention and support for individuals and family members seeking immediate crisis intervention help.
In past years, we rarely received calls to our Crisis Line from young children. Now, in 2019, we are noting a change. We attribute this to our social media impact and gun violence across our country.
A recent call to our Crisis Line (specific details are not provided due to confidentiality) came from a young child of 11 who called in and began to talk to our Crisis Line Volunteer about a book she had read entitled, "How to Disappear...The Great Vanishing Act."
Over the course of the call, the young girl expressed how she thought the ideas were interesting in the book. (This book tells its readers how to erase oneself from modern life without a trace.) She also shared that she was considering going out to the nearby railroad tracks, walking along them with her small dog and backpack and "just disappear." Of course, without saying so and most likely without understanding what she was feeling, she was considering suicide.
Our long-serving and very wise volunteer who answered this call managed to bring this child back from her thoughts of disappearing without a trace. As the call concluded, she promised to call back soon and she was glad to know there was a place she could call day or night when she had such strong and difficult feelings of hopelessness.
Bringing children, teens, veterans and families back from the brink of suicidal violence continues to be our primary goal. And as long as we are operating in North Texas, we will be here to do so ~ 365/24/7.