News : Increase in People Texting Suicide Prevention Helpline
Dublin, Ireland, July 29, 2015 -- There has been an increase of 49% in the number of people texting a helpline run by the suicide charity Console.
Two-thirds of the texts are coming from young men - who are four times more likely than women to take their own lives.
Paul Kelly, Chief Executive of Console, said that it is a major breakthrough in enabling young men at risk of suicide to reach out for help.
"Up until now, about 61% of the calls we get to our 24 hour suicide prevention helpline are from women," said Mr Kelly.
"That's a concern to us because of the high rate of suicide among young men. So when we analysed figures we wanted to find a way to reach young men, and the texting service and social media became the way forward."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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The Console 24/7 Suicide Helpline – 1800 247 247 – is available to anyone who is in suicidal crisis, to anyone who is concerned for someone else who may be in suicidal crisis, and for those who have been bereaved by suicide. It is a free professional counselling service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and aims to provide callers with support, advice and where appropriate, referral services.
Published: Friday, July 31, 2015