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Well-known National Suicide Hotline to Shut Down

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 25, 2006  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Crace,(502) 564-6786  

 The Kentucky Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services has learned that the well-known national suicide prevention hotline, 1-800-SUICIDE, is scheduled to go out of service within the next week.

“The entire suicide prevention community is working diligently to ensure that every person calling for help during a suicidal crisis is answered. The American Association of Suicidology is working closely with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and our sister organizations to accomplish this goal,” said Amy Kulp, deputy director of AAS.

Help is available and immediately accessible through 1-800-273-TALK, which provides suicide intervention. All participating organizations are certified and accredited local crisis centers so that callers can continue to receive counseling or emergency services close to home. 

”Counselors and other mental health professionals need to be aware of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline so those in need are able to reach immediate counseling services, “said Jason H. Padgett, the state’s suicide prevention program administrator. “At this time, several organizations are working to ease the transition of calls to 1-800-273-TALK and to ensure callers in distress have immediate access to competent crisis services.”

For more information, visit the Lifeline organization’s Web site at All calls to the Lifeline are private and confidential. 

Note to editors: Local community mental health center information is available online at



Last Updated 8/25/2006