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“How A Family Copes With Schizophrenia And Suicide”

Homer Bell was a homeless citizen of Hartford, CT who suffered from schizophrenia. He recently committed suicide by laying in front of a stopped bus. National Public Radio shares the story and how his family is coping with this tragic loss:  

6th National Suicide and the Black Church Conference

The 6th National Suicide and the Black Church Conference will take place on June 12th and 13th at the University of Tennessee in Mid-town Memphis. We’re excited to announce that Mike LaBonte (the MCC’s Executive Director) is on the planning committee! Register for “Life Matters!” 2013 by clicking here:

Sgt. Jonathan Page Receives 2013 Valor Award

Congratulations to the recipient of the 2013 Valor Award! Sgt. Jonathan Page saved a distraught youth from committing suicide: His heroic actions were recognized at an annual dinner held by The 100 Club of Memphis.

Need a Holiday Gift Idea? Donate to the MCC in Someone’s Honor!

Still not sure what to get friends for the Holidays? Consider a one time or recurring tax-deductible gift to the Memphis Crisis Center that saves lives.  With Christmas and Hanukkah around the corner, give a meaningful gift that makes a difference. The designated recipient will receive an official letter informing them that a gift was made in their honor. Whether it’s suicide, bullying, mental

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It is with a heavy heart that we must relate the passing of long-time Memphis Crisis Center volunteer Ralph “Sonny” Shankman on Tuesday morning July 17.  In 2006, through his persistent efforts, Sonny was instrumental in getting funding restored to the Memphis Crisis Center. If not for these efforts, we would probably not be here today. Sonny served the Memphis Crisis Center for more than 30

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Help the Memphis Crisis Center support a valued partner. Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network is currently collecting signatures for their “Pledge to Prevent Suicide” project. Want to participate? Go to and add your name to the petition by clicking “Sign”. Thank you for the support!


“As suicide calls spike, Memphis Crisis Center faces volunteer shortage,” The Commercial Appeal Did you missed the Memphis Crisis Center article in July 7th’s Commercial Appeal? If so, not to worry. The online version is here: To adequately staff our 24-hour hotlines an additional 70 volunteers are needed. Are you compassionate? A good listener? Join our team!