Calls to N.H. suicide prevention hotline doubled this year
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It’s not always easy for people to admit they’ve been having suicidal thoughts – especially to those closest to them.
“When you mention it to family members they don’t know how to react; they get scared and nervous and worried about saying the wrong thing,” said Tamara Fleury, hotline manager at Headrest, the only 24-hour crisis hotline in New Hampshire. “Sometimes they say nothing and just hope if they ignore it, the problem will go away.”
Talking about it with a stranger, on the other hand, is usually a lot more comfortable, Fleury said. Operators at Headrest, a state-wide crisis line located in Lebanon, are trained to talk callers out of crisis and connect them with mental health resources where they live.