As we enter the holiday season, we also enter the season for increased depression, anxiety, and suicide. Sometimes, a friendly ear, a hug, or a shoulder to cry on can make the difference...even between life and death.
This Christmas, let friends and family know you are there by using the hashtag #IWillListen on your social media. It lets people know you are available, perhaps in a situation where they wouldn't have reached out otherwise. It opens the door.
For veterans, there is a hotline designed just for them. Please share 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The line is staffed by specially trained personnel. In its first year alone, the hotline received over 62,000 crisis calls.
I make this pledge. #IWillListen