Difference between 1-800-SUICIDE and 1-800-273-TALK



The difference between two hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE and 1-800-273-TALK


“1-800-SUICIDE is operated by Kristin Brooks Hopeline (KBHC). It was a Federal grant program funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the standard 3-year period.

At the end of that period, the grant to fund the hotline was bid on and won by a new organization. Therefore, KBHC is operating the number privately now.

1-800-273-TALK is the number used by the federally funded National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It is owned by the American People.

Anticipating that 1-800-SUICIDE would not be available as the number for the national suicide prevention hotline network, SAMHSA developed a new name (the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) and number (1-800-273-TALK) that would be available to the national network. Rights to this name and number are controlled by SAMHSA on behalf of the American people.

Essentially, what this means is that the government and the people own 800-273-TALK, and regardless of who is administering the number, the government will continue to operate this line.

We are hoping to someday have calls that come in through 800-suicide to be routed through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network, but for now they are seperate.”

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


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