Memphis Crisis Center Awareness Week Sept. 20-26 Aims to Raise Funds, Community Profile and Volunteers for 24-Hour Confidential Hotline

For more than 40 years, the Memphis Crisis Center has provided much-needed counseling to those in distress through a 24/7, volunteer-staffed hotline.

But in the last few years, whether because of the economy or the troubled times, calls to the confidential lifeline (901-CRISIS7 or 901-274-7477) have gone up dramatically, from 14,103 in 2011 to 17,629 in 2012. Suicide calls more than doubled last year, from 559 in 2011 to 1,264, and were at more than 600 for the first half of 2013.

More calls mean more volunteers are needed to answer them, more money is needed to train those volunteers and more effort is necessary to reach people in crisis.

Chancellor Steve Schwab speaking at the Memphis Crisis Center kick off

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