Monthly Archives: June 2017


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 [...]

2017-06-29T14:04:18-04:00June 26th, 2017|Listening Saves Lives|

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 [...]

2017-06-07T01:57:33-04:00June 7th, 2017|Listening Saves Lives|