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Dec 3, 2012
Sarkeys Foundation Funding Suicide Prevention Chat Program
Last week HeartLine received funding from the Sarkey’s Foundation to begin launching a chat program for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in Oklahoma! HeartLine is so thankful for this wonderful opportunity to expand our services.
Although suicide happens at all ages, youth ages 10-24 are considered a high risk population and in Oklahoma the rate of youth suicide is above the national average. One of the most difficult things about reaching the youth in need relates to the method of communication they are offered. With advances in technology, youth today are accustomed to texting, chatting, blogging, and instant messaging. Talking on the phone as a means of communication or connection is less common for youth today and this trend doesn’t seem to be changing.
With the addition of a chat program for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, HeartLine will be able to offer a familiar, convenient, and comfortable communication option for youth and Oklahomans of all ages. The chat program is currently scheduled to launch on February 1, 2013. HeartLine is passionate about being Oklahoma’s community crisis connection and is committed to preventing youth suicide.
From everyone at HeartLine we say “Thank You” to the Sarkeys Foundation for seeing our vision and giving us the necessary funding to save Oklahoma lives!
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