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What happens when you call the suicide prevention hotline

Help is just a call away. But what exactly happens once you dial? Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). There are 44,965 suicides every year and an average of 123 each day. And suicide rates have risen in recent years among men and women, across all age and ethnic groups and in nearly every state, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released last week. Accompanying many news stories about suicide — most recently, obituaries for celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade — is the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which answered more than 2 million calls last year through its toll-free hot ...