Listening Saves Lives

Home/Listening Saves Lives

Listening in England

London's Piccadilly Circus is a noisy place.  Much like New York's Times Square. But, a three minute walk down Piccadilly Road brings you to St James's Church.  The Piccadilly Market fills the church's courtyard with beautiful arts and crafts or exquisite food booths (depending on the day). But, it is always a place that draws [...]

2018-03-27T17:48:19-04:00March 27th, 2018|Listening Saves Lives|

On the Aging and Homebound

Sometimes at CONTACT Reassurance we get the question, "Why do seniors need a daily call?" And, well, they need them for many reasons. I listed below some information on health and safety risks, as well as common factors the elderly and homebound individuals CONTACT Reassurance calls daily. ON THE AGING AND HOMEBOUND Demographic and Social [...]

2017-09-01T19:35:13-04:00September 1st, 2017|Listening Saves Lives|

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|

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 [...]

2017-07-10T19:32:35-04:00May 6th, 2017|Listening Saves Lives|