2-1-1/LIFE LINE in the news

2-1-1/LIFE LINE was featured in a recent article about local teens in Canandaigua working to prevent suicides:  http://www.mpnnow.com/article/20130912/NEWS/130919832

A more detailed version of our comments in response to these teens prevention efforts appears below:

In the past 12 months the 2-1-1/LIFE LINE crisis and information center has handled over 1600 contacts from residents of Ontario County.  Nearly 50% of those who reached out for help talked about a mental health concern, including those struggling with thoughts of suicide.  Suicide is 3rd leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds, so we are excited about the efforts of local Canandaigua teens to promote suicide prevention and awareness.  Learning the facts about suicide and knowing about resources that are available can help save lives.  Since teens often make up only a small percentage of those who reach out to crisis hotlines for assistance these peer prevention and education efforts can be critical in supporting young people in crisis to seek help.  Teens and youth might also want to note that in addition to our telephone hotline services (available locally by dialing 2-1-1), our services can also be accessed via Live Chat at our website 211fingerlakes.org.  Teens and young adults are often more comfortable accessing us this way, though the chat service is open to those of all ages.