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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
November/December 2008, Volume 16, Number 6 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

Suicide Prevention Lifeline Answers One Millionth Call

One million people have called SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to seek life-saving help for themselves or a loved one.

In 2005, suicides accounted for more than 32,600 deaths in the United States—almost twice the number of homicides.

“The Lifeline reached this significant milestone because more people in emotional distress or crisis are becoming aware that help is available just by picking up the telephone and dialing 1-800-273-TALK,” said SAMHSA Acting Administrator Eric B. Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H.

The Lifeline was launched on January 1, 2005. Calls come from people in crisis seeking someone to listen, concerned friends and family wondering how to help a loved one, young people, older adults, and returning veterans.

On the other end of the line, trained crisis counselors in 133 centers across the Nation listen and guide people to what they need.

Calls are toll-free and the counseling services are confidential. The Lifeline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Currently, the Lifeline averages 47,500 calls per month, with more than 1,580 people calling daily. Recently, the Lifeline announced that the special veterans line received 55,000 calls in its first year (see SAMHSA News online, July/August 2008).

For more information about SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, visit the Web site at

  Women, Addiction, & Recovery  
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Conference Coverage & Related Stories

  Returning Veterans  
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Women in the Military: Overcoming Challenges

From mental health issues to sexual harassment—what’s being done to help.

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Veterans & Major Depressive Episode: New Data

Last year, more than 300,000 veterans experienced MDEs.

  Suicide Prevention  
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New Media Increase Options

Virtual suicide prevention efforts are helping.

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Lifeline Answers One Millionth Call

Milestone for SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

  Training Manuals  
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This Treatment Improvement Protocol training manual offers basics on successful detox.

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Medication-Assisted Treatment

This Treatment Improvement Protocol training manual discusses treatment for opioid addiction.

  Data on Youth  
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Inhalant Use & Depression

Some adolescents are three times as likely to start using inhalants—find out why.

Mental Health Settings: New Data

Do young people get mental health services at school more often than at specialty treatment centers?

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Out-of-Home Treatment

Effective treatment options for young people.

  Also in This Issue  
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2008 Science & Service Award Winners

For best practices, 29 organizations honored.

Grant Updates

Awards announced.

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Advisory Councils

Five new members for SAMHSA’s Advisory Councils.

Treatment Line Gets National Attention

Oprah promotes SAMHSA’s substance abuse treatment line as a resource.

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Voice Award Nominations

You have until March 2009 to cast your vote.

Primary Care Settings

Mental health may improve with treatment location.

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