Monday, July 31, 2006
To protect the callers to suicide crisis hotlines the management of 1-800-SUICIDE has refused to turn over the control of the Hopeline Network to the SAMHSA. As a result its in danger of being completely shut off to the almost 2,000 daily callers since our government has ended all funding and continues to owe $266,000 already promised 2 years ago.
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The Bush administrations at it again. This time their trying to cut funding to 1-800-SUICIDE. As one sharp minded commentator on the story below noted that it seems Bush is only pro-life until your born.
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the federal government's Health & Human Services, has decided to create their own government-run system because that the management of 1-800-SUICIDE has refused to turn over the control of the National Hopeline Network to the government.
This is not the first attempt of the administration to influence the hotline, which earlier tried to force the charity to remove all references to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals from a recent conference as well as add session on "faith-based" suicide prevention.
The government has also not lived up to previous comittments to the charity to provide more than $266,000. Conversely, both Mike Park's Plea for Peace and Louis Posen's Take Action Tour have privately raised that amount.
For more information please visit Save1800suicide.org.