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Reassurance: The Need

CONTACT U.S.A is known for its crisis work with suicide and crisis hotlines. But there is another service the organization offers that is a little less known. Specifically for the East Tennessee branch, we have CONTACT Reassurance. This is a program that has trained volunteers make daily calls to elderly and the homebound to chat and assure their safety. CONTACT Reassurance has a vision: Our vision to build a world where older adults and the homebound remain safe and have someone who really listens. CONTACT [...]

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The Power of Being Heard

Some thoughts after watching 'The Listeners," a documentary about the training of non-professional volunteer crises line workers who learn to handle calls on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Roughly paraphrased, one trainer said that a suicidal person needs to talk about two things: why they want to die, and why they want to live. But more than simply wanting to talk about these things, they need to experience that someone is truly hearing them. Another trainer said something that may seem contradictory to the first: [...]

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13 Reasons Why

We've all been shaken by recent events at Farragut High School.  Our hearts ache for the parents and also for friends, relatives, classmates, teachers, and administrators.  As we struggle to cope with that pain, local social media is filled with discussion of the show "13 Reasons."  Many of us are sorting out our response and struggling to know how to best help our children. The resource to the left is the best response I've seen so far.  I recommend it as a starting place [...]

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On the road…

Remember the time someone listened to you?  Not just heard the sounds of your voice, but listened to you?  Not just understood the meanings of words you said, but listened to YOU.   -Listened to your heart, your dreams, your fears, your hopes, your loves?  How did you feel at that moment?  Pretty good, I'm guessing.  Can you imagine life without anyone who ever listens to you? Social isolation has become a major problem in our world today.  Most of us know its pangs from [...]

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