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Memphis Crisis Center Featured in Huffington Post Article

Volunteer Karen Crouch was interviewed about her experience as a phone operator for our 24-hour suicide prevention line. After losing her son to suicide, she found healing in offering empathy and compassion to some of our community’s most vulnerable people. She has since joined our board and also mentors volunteers in training. In the article she addresses everything from her most memorable life-saving call

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Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network Conference 2018

What a privilege to come together with our statewide friends and colleagues to discuss one common goal: Saving Lives in Memphis and Shelby County. We are a proud partner of Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, and with their support, we look forward to continuing to provide hope within our community. Below are images from our time at the conference. Conference Presenters (L-R) Shawn Jenkins, Dr.

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Community Mental Health Summit

We recently spent time at the Community Mental Health Summit discussing the mental health of veterans and their families. Suicide prevention and recovery is everyone’s business! Pictured above are VA’s Kate Witherspoon and Renee Brown (Suicide Prevention Coordinator at VA Medical Center).


We want to train your team!

Did you know that we offer workshops and training for your organization?! Course topics include crisis de-escalation, empathic listening, handling difficult clients, suicide awareness and intervention, trauma-informed care, client-centered approaches to helping, and how to deal with life after loss. If your interested in training your team in any or all of these areas, contact Executive Director of the Memphis Crisis Center Mike LaBonte

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September is Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide Prevention Month is 30 days in which we advocate the prevention of the terrible tragedy that is suicide. To kick off Suicide Prevention Month, we’d like to share the #BeThe1To [play a role in suicide prevention] five action steps for communicating with someone who may be suicidal.


Warning Signs of Bullying

Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University. As a new school year begins, we want to remind you to be aware of bullying. If you are concerned that someone you know is being bullied, ask if they’re alright – a simple question could make the difference between life and death.

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Mark Your Calendars! “A Lifeline to Hope: How to Recognize & Help Prevent Suicide” – Sept. 19

As part of their Healthy Living Speaker Series, Baptist Memorial Healthcare is hosting “A Lifeline to Hope: How to Recognize & Help Prevent Suicide”. Local businesswoman Roquita Williams will share her story of survival and our executive director will speak about local resources. If you’re interested in learning the symptoms of suicide and how to respond in a crisis involving it, you won’t want

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Community Members Donate Proceeds from Play

Thank you to all those who came out to “Second Chance The Play”! We couldn’t maintain our lifelines without the generosity of those like Play Writer Tee Smith (pictured left with talent) and her team. Thank you for serving your community so well! Also big thanks to Holy Trinity Memphis for hosting the evening!