Today’s Solutions: May 27, 2024

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Golden Gate Bridge suicide prevention nets finally installed: a lifetime advocacy realized

After two decades of tireless effort, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco now has stainless-steel netting designed to prevent suicides, a project championed by survivors and families devastated by tragedies. Kevin Hines, who miraculously survived a jump over the bridge at the age of 19, Read More...

Canada’s new 988 suicide

Canada's new 988 suicide crisis helpline aims for hope and healing

On November 30th, Canada launched the 988 Suicide Crisis Helpline, providing a quick and accessible lifeline to persons in mental health crises. This three-digit hotline, similar to 911 for emergencies, connects individuals to critical suicide prevention services, giving instant assistance 24/7, Read More...

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Standup comedy course helps support men at risk of suicide

Here at The Optimist Daily, we believe wholeheartedly in the power of healing through laughter, joy, and a positive outlook—and it seems as though the UK National Health Service (NHS) is on the same page. Mental health problems are on the rise for people of all ages and walks of life, and as Read More...

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The warning signs of youth suicide and how to respond

Growing up is tough, especially for the current generation that has had to push through a global pandemic, climate anxiety, political unrest, and general uncertainty in almost all aspects of life. The building pressure and the looming unknowns can bring anyone down, especially young people who are Read More...

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Samaritans pilot a project aimed at suicide prevention in UK

UK-based suicide prevention charity Samaritans has teamed up with Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Cambridge to create the nation’s first digital-only suicide prevention support program. The idea behind offering digital-only support is to accommodate the communication preferences of anyone in Read More...

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Los Angeles expands mental health crisis line to 24-hour service

Back in February, Los Angeles piloted a program which diverts mental crisis 911 calls from police departments to certified mental health providers. The concept was implemented on a trial, eight-hour a day basis, but after overwhelmingly positive results, the city is expanding the service to a Read More...

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FCC approves three digit national suicide hotline

If you ask any American what to call during an emergency, they will tell you 911. But if you ask Americans what the suicide hotline number is, most won’t have an answer. To rectify this, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a three-digit suicide hotline, 988. The idea is Read More...