Suicide Hotline Sees Rise in Coronavirus-Related Calls. Counselors Feel the Pain


From the Los Angeles Times: “For decades, Didi Hirsch crisis counselors have provided comfort to hundreds of thousands of people calling the Disaster Distress Helpline and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. They take about 130,000 calls and chats per year and have seen callers through recessions, hurricanes and the death of loved ones.

The agency, which provides free mental health, substance-use disorder and suicide prevention services, has locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties.

In the last month, crisis counselors have experienced a dramatic shift in what callers want to talk about.”

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crisis worker answers calls in a cubicle.